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CNA Abbreviations

TermDefinition
abd abdomen, abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
AD right ear
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
am, AM morning, before noon
amt amount
AP apical pulse
AS left ear
as tol as tolerated
ASAP as soon as possible
AU both ears
Ax axilla, axillary, armpit
BE barium enema
bid twice a day
bl blood
bl wk blood work
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bedrest OR bathroom
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
C degrees Celsius
c (with a line over the top of it) with
CA cancer
cap capsule
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CC chief complaint
CCU coronary care unit OR critical care unit
CDA certified dental assistant
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHF congestive heart failure
cl liq clear liquids
c/o complaints of
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CT computerized tomography
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
d day
DA dental assistant
DAT diet as tolerated
D/C discharge, discontinue
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
dept department
DH dental hygienist
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DM diabetes mellitus
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DOD date of death
Dr. Doctor
DRG diagnostic related group
drg dressing
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
dx, Dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT ear, eye, nose, throat
EMS emergency medical services
EMT emergency medical technician
ER emergency room
exam, Ex examination
F degrees Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FF, FFl force fluids
Fl, fl fluid
Fr, Fx fracture
ft foot
FUO fever of unknown origin
GI gastrointestinal
Gm, g gram
gt, gtt, gtts drop, drops
GTT glucose tolerance test
HA hearing aid, headache
HBV hepatitis B virus
HHA home health aide
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HMO health maintenance organization
HOH hard of hearing
HOSA Health Occupations Students of America
H&P history and physical
H, h hour
HS hour of sleep, bedtime
Ht height
Hx, hx history
I&O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
ID intradermal
IDDM insulin
IM intramuscular
in inch
inj injection
IV intravenous
jt joint
K potassium
KCl potassium chloride
Kg, kg kilogram
L, lt left
Lab laboratory
lb pound
LTC long term care
lg large
liq liquid
LMP last menstrual period
LOC level of consciousness OR laxative of choice
LPN licensed practical nurse
MA medical assistant
mcg microgram
MD medical doctor
mEq miliequivalent
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarcation
mL, ml milliliter
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
N/A not applicable
Na sodium
NA nurse aide/assistant
NIDDM non
NIH National Institutes of Health
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V/D nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
O2 oxygen
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
OR operation room
OS left eye
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT occupational therapy/therapist
OTC over the counter
OU each eye
oz ounce
p (line over the top of it) after
P pulse
PA physician’s assistant
pc after meals
PCA patient controlled analgesia
PE physical exam
per by, through
pm, PM after noon
po by mouth
post op: after an operation
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
prn whenever necessary, as needed
pt patient OR pint
PT physical therapy/therapist
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
qhs every night at bedtime
qid four times a day
qod every other day
qt quart
R respiration OR rectal
Rt right
RBC red blood cell
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR recovery room
RRT registered respiratory therapist
RT respiratory therapist
Rx prescription
s (with a line over it) without
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SOB shortness of breath
S/S signs and symptoms
stat immediately, at once
STD sexual transmitted disease
T temperature
tab tablet
tbsp. tablespoon
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe
tid three times a day
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
tsp teaspoon
tx traction OR treatment OR transplant
UA urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VDM Veterinarian Degree of Medicine
VS vital signs
WBC white blood cell
w/c wheel chair
WHO World Health Organization
wt weight
x times
YOB year of birth
yr year
Created by: MoGibbs