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Medical Abbreviation

Respiratory Medical Abbreviations

ABG Arterial Blood Gas
ARDS Acute respiratory distress syndrome
CO2 Carbon monoxide (gas expelled from the lungs)
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis and emphysema
C-PAP Continuous positive airway pressure
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CXR Chest X-ray (film or image)
O2 Oxygen (gas entering the bloodstream through the lungs
MDI Metered dose Inhaler
PE Pulmonary embolism (blockage of vessels in the lung by a blood clot)
PEEP Positive end-expiratory pressure (method of mechanical ventilation)
PFTs Pulmonary function tests
SOB Shortness of breath
URI Upper respiratory infection
VATS Video-assisted thoracic surgery (using small incisions and an endoscope)
VQ Ventilation-perfusion scan ( also known as VQ scan)
Created by: carlalowe