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Medical Abbreviation

Abd Abdomen
ABR absolute bed rest
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
Adm admission
ADL activities of daily living
AFB acid-fast bacillus
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AKA above knee amputation
AL assisted living
AM morning
amb ambulatory
amt amount
ap apical
approx approx
AROM active range of motion
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
ax axillary
BE barium enema
BID two times a day
BKA below knee amputation
bld blood
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bedrest
BRP bathroom priveleges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
C centigrade
c with a line over it with
CA cancer
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeters
CCU coronary care unit
CDC centers for disease control
CHF congestive heart failure
Cl liq clear liquid
CMS circulation, motion, sensation
CNA certified nursing assistant
C/o complains of
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CVA cerebrovascular accident, stroke
CVS cardiovascular system
DAT diet as tolerated
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DON director of nursing
Dr. doctor
drsg dressing
DVT deep vein thrombosis
dx diagnosis
ECG,EKG electrocardiogram
ER emergency room
ETOH alcohol
exam examination
F fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FF force fluids
Fld fluid
FSBS finger stick blood sugar
ft foot
FWB full weight bearing
FYI for your information
F/U follow up
fx fracture
gal gallon
geri chair geriatric chair
GI gastrointestinal
h, hr hour
H2O water
H/A headache
HBV hepatitis B virus
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
ht height
HTN hypertension
hyper above normal, too fast, rapid
hypo low, less than normal
I&O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
inc incontinent
irrig, irrg. irrigation
isol isolation
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
l liter
L, lt. left
lab laboratory
lb pound
LLE left lower extremity
lg large
liq liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
LOC level of consciousness
LPN licensed practical nurse
LTC long term care
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVN licensed vocational nurse
M.D. medical doctor
meds medications
MI myocardial infarction
min minute
ml milliliter
mm Hg milliliters of mercury
mod moderate
MRSA methicllin-resistant staphylococcusaureus
N/A not applicable
NA nursing assistant
N/C no call
neg negative
NF nursing facility
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
NWB non weight bearing
O2 oxygen
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
occ occasionally
OOB out of bed
OPD outpatient department
OR operating room
os mouth
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration
OT occupational therapy
oz ounce
p after
pc after meals
PCA patient controlled anesthesia
PEG percutaneous enteral gastrostomy
per os by mouth
peri care peripheral care
PM afternoon
PNS peripheral nervous system
p.o. by mouth
post op after surgery
PPE personal protective equipment
pos. positive
pre op before surgery
prep preparation
prn when necessary
PROM passive range of motion
pt. patient
PT physical therapy
PVD peripheral vascular disease
PWB partial weight bearing
q with a line over it every
qhr every hour
qhs every night at bed time
q2h every two hours
q3h every three hours
q4h every four hours
qid four times a day
Q.S. every shift or once a shift
quad four, quadriplegic
R respirations, right
R/A rheumatoid arthritis
RBC red blood cell/count
reg. regular
rehab rehabilitation
req. requisition
res. resident
resp. respiration
R.I.C.E rest, ice, compression, elevation
RLE right lower extremity
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR respiratory rate
rt. right
RUE right upper extremity
RUQ right upper quadrant
s with a line over it without
ss one half
sm. small
SNAFU situation normal, all fouled up
SNF skilled nursing facility
spec. specimen
SOB shortness of breath
S/S signs and symptoms
SSE soapsuds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
STD sexually transmitted diseases
std. prec. standard precautions
strep streptoccous
T. temperature
TB tuberculosis
T,C,DB turn, cough and deep breathe
temp temperature
TIA transient ischemic attack
t.i,d three times a day
TLC tender loving care
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, and respirations
TWE tap water enema
tx traction, treatment
U/A urinalysis
UGI upper gastrointestinal
unk unknown
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
vag. vaginal
VRE vancomycin resistant enterococcous
VS vital signs
WBC white blood cell/count
w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
wt. weight
c-section caesarien section
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