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Medical Abreviations

amb. Ambulatory
AFB Aci- Fast Bacillus (TB)
AIDS Aquired Immune De
BM Bowel Movement
BP,B/P Blood Pressure
am,AM morning
ad lib as desired
ASAP as soon as possible
AROM active range of motion
ax axillary
as tol as tolerated
ac before meals
AL assisted living
C ceasarian section
BE Barium Enema
approx. approximatley
ABR Absolute bedrest
BID, b.i.d. Two times daily
ADL activities of daily living
ap apical
adm. admission
amt amount
BR bedrest
abd. abdomen
BKA below knee amputation
bld blood
AKA above knee amputation
CBC complete blood count
DM Diabetes mellitus
CVS cardiovascular system
cms circulation motion sensation
cath catheter
ca cancer
C centigrade
Cc Cubic centimeters
CBR Complete bedrest
c/o complains of/ in care of
CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation
DAT diet as tolerated
COPD Chronic Cardio Pulmonary Obstructive Disorder
CVA cerebrovascular Accident/stroke
c with
CNS Central nervous system
DNR Do not resuscitate
Cl liq Clear liquid
CNA Certified nursing assistant
BRP bathroom privileges
BS Blood sugar
BCS bedside commode
CDC Centers of disease control
CHF Congestive heart failure
CCU coronary care unit
DOE dyspnea on excertion
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
EEG electroencephalogram
ER emergency room
ETOH alcohol
exam examination
F fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FF force fluids
fl/fld fluid
FSBS fingerstick blood sugar
ft foot
FWB full weight bearing
FYI for your information
F/U, f/u follow up
fx fracture
gal gallon
geri chair geriatric chair
GI gastrointestinal
GB gallbladder
GU gentio urinary
FUO fever of unknown
hx history
EENT Eyes Ears Nose Throat specialist
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 then normal
I & O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
inc incontinent
irr./irrig irrigation
isol isolation
IV intravenous
Kg Killogram
l liter
L/lt left
lg large
liq liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
NOC night
LOC level of conciouness
LPN license practical nurse
LTC long-term care facility
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 methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus
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
Ob obstetrics
O2 oxygen
OBRA omnibus budget Reconciliation act of 1987
occ ocationally
OOB out of bed
OPD out patient department
OR operating room
os mouth
OSHA occupational safety and health Administration
OT occupational therapy
oz ounce
p after
pc/p.c. after meals
PCA patient-controlled anesthesia
PEG percutaneous enteral gastrostomy
per os by mouth
peri care perineal care
pm/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
p.r.n./prn when necessary
PROM passive range of motion
Pt. patient
PT physical therapy
PVD peripheral vascular disease
PWB partial weight bearing
- q every
qh/qhr every hour
qhs every night at bedtime
q2h every two hours
q3h every three hours
q4h every four hours
q.i.d/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
PED pediatric
RR recovery room
resp. respiration
R.I.C.E rest/ice/compression/elevation (acronym)
RLE right lower extremity
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR respiration rate
rt. right
RUE right upper extremity
RUQ right upper quadrant
- s without
ss one-half
sm. small
SNAFU situation normal/all fouled up (slang)
SNF skilled nursing facility
spec. specimen
SOB shortness of breath
S&S,s/s signs and symptoms
SSE soapsuds enema
Tbsb tablespoon
tsp teaspoon
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
STD sexual transmitted disease
std. prec. standard precautions
strep streptococcus
TB tuberculosis
T/C/DB turn/cough/deep breathe
temp temperature
TIA transient ischemic attack
t.i.d./tid three times daily
TLC tender loving care
TPN total parental nutrition
TPR temperature/pulse/respiration
TWE tap water enema
Tx traction/treatment
U/A,ua urinalysis
UGI upper gastrointestinal
unk unknown
URI upper respiratory infection
vag. vaginal
VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
vs/VS vital signs
WBC white blood cell/count
w/c wheel chair
WNL within normal limits
wt. weight
Created by: shyann.johnson