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Abbreviations

Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing

TermDefinition
ac before meals--0730, 1130, 1630
pc after meals--1000, 1400, 1800
daily each day--1000
bid twice a day--1000 and 2200
tid three times a day--1000, 1400, 1800
qid four times a day--1000, 140, 1800, 2200
qh every hour--24 times in one day
at bedtime at bedtime, at hour of sleep--2200
stat immediately--now
every night every night--2200
q2h or q2* every two hours--12 times in 24 hours
q4h or q4* every four hours--6 times in 24 hours
q6h or q6* every six hours--0600, 1200, 1800, 0000
q8h or q8* every eight hours--0600, 1400, 2200
q12h or q12* every twelve hours--0600, 1800
every other day every other day--odd or even days of the week
prn as needed--when it's needed
3 times weekly three times per week--M,W,F
biw twice per week-M,TH
right ear right ear
left ear left ear
HHN hand held nebulizer--spray for inhalation
IM intramuscularly--injection into muscle
IV intravenously--fluid into a vein
IVP intravenous push--med directly into vein
IVPB intravenous piggy back--med attached to IV
subcut subcutaneously--injection into fatty tissue
MDI metered dose inhaler--aerosol med for inhalation
NEB nebulizer--spray for inhalation
NGT or NG nasogastric tube--tube placed in stomach from nose
in the right eye in the right eye
in the left eye in the left eye
in both eyes in both eyes
po or PO by mouth--in the mouth
NPO nothing by mouth
pr or PR in the rectum
SL sublingual--under the tongue
S & S swish and swallow--coat mouth with med, then swallow
Created by: cathyb