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Abbreviations HUC

Abbreviations for HUC Next to last test

QuestionAnswer
PA & LAT CXR Posterior(back) to anterior(front) and lateral(side) view chest x-ray
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
CT of C1 to L5 Computerized tomography scan from first cervical vertebra to last lumbar vertebra
Lateral Side view or away from middle
Proxium distal closest to mid-line or medium
Front anti or ventrical
Back Posterial or dorsal
injection sites Gluteus Maximus(buttocks), Vastus lateralis(thigh muscle), Deltoid(shoulder muscle), Rectus abdominus(abdomen), Sternocleidomastoid(neck Muscle)
Lumber Puncture Needle puncture into the spinal canal to remove blood or fluid;looking for mentijitis
VER Visual evoked response
AER Auditory evoked response
BAER Brainstem auditory evoked response
EEG Electroencephalography - neurological test that measures the electrical signals the brain sends to body
Immunity before Purity Adrenal Gland
Produces insulin Pancreas
Produces thyroidian T3 or T4 Isthmus
ECG/EKG Electrocardiogram - a test to detect abnormal electric activity of the heart
Echo Echolcardiogram- an exam to study structure and motion of heart
Holter Monitor method of 24-hour continuous electrocardiogram to diagnose rhythm disturbances(wear this 24-hr)
U/A Urinalysis- looking for infection
Cecum Part of colon or large intestine
u unit
iu international unit
qd every day
qod every other day
MS & MS04 morphine sulfate
MgS04 Magnesium sulfate
What to do to prevent an error "When in doubt, write it out"
abbreviation a shortening of a word
symbol a written sign or character that is used to represent a word.
tech technician
cath Catherter
cal or Kcal Calorie
gen general
BRP Bathroom Privileges
IV intravenous
US Ultrasound
CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
stat immediately
Most medical abbreviations comes from what root language? latin
prn as necessary or as needed
ad lib freely, as desired
CNA certified nursing assistant
DO doctor of osteopathy
HUC or CHUC Health Unit Coordinator or Certified Health Unit Coordinator
LPN licensed practical nurse
LVN licensed vocational nurse
MD medical doctor
PCT patient care technician
RN registered nurse
Tech technician
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
asap as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
bid 2 times a day
cont continous
dc discontinue or discharge
h, hr, hrs hours
hs bedtime or hours of sleep
midnoc or MN midnight
min minute
MR may repeat
nec necessary
pc after meals
prn as necessary
q every
q day every day
qh every hour
qid 4 times a day
qod every other day
rt routine
stat immediately
tid 3 times a day
amb ambulatory
BR bedrest or bathroom depending on the facility
BRP bathroom privileges
BSC bedside commode
CBR complete bed rest
OOB out of bed
act activity
qpm is not bedtime or hours of sleep
ax axillary
axillary arm pit
BP blood pressure
CMS circulation, motion sensation (medicare services)
I/O intake/output
NVS neurological vital signs
P pulse
R respiration
T temp or temperature
VS vital signs
wt weight
HOB head of bed
lt or l left
rt or R right
AE antiembolism - blood clots, keeps circulation
cath catheter
CBI continuous bladder irrigation
drsg dressing
irrig irrigation
NG nasogastric (nose to stomach)
SSE soap suds enema
st straight
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe
TEDs AE hose
TWE tapwater enema
WMC warm moist compress
cc cubic centimeter
cm centimeter
gtts drops
g, gm, G, Gm grams
gr grains 60 to 65 millograms
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
ml, mL milliliter
cal or kcal calorie
cl clear
DAT diet as tolerated
FF force fluids
gen general
liq liquids
MN midnight
NAS no added salt
NPO nothing by mouth
reg regular
IM intramuscular or into muscle (deltoid, glutitus
INT intermittent
IVPB intravenous piggyback
po by mouth
subl sublingual or under the tongue like nitro pill
subq, sc, or sq subcutaneous like insulin or heparian
IV fluids D/RL(dextrose Lactated ringers), D5W (dextrose 5%water), DW (dextrose/water), LR or RL(lactated ringers)
D/RL Dextrose Lactated Ringers
D5W Dextrose 5% Water
DW dextrose/water
LR, RL lactated ringers or ringers lactated
H202 hydrogren peroxide
IV intravenous
NS, NSS, S normal saline
soln solution
TKO to keep open
KVO Keep Veins Open
p with - on top of it after
c with - on top of it with
/ per
check mark check
arrow pointing up up
arrow pointing down down
a triangle change
@ at
BRP Bathroom Privileges
BP Blood Pressure
I/O Intake/Output
PCT Patient Care Technician
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
OT Occupational Theraphy
PT Physical Theraphy
Kardex a profile of all current physicians' orders for a patient.
medical staff licensed physicians who have privileges to admit and attend to patients in the health care facility.
medical transcription translating from oral to written(on paper or electronically) the record of a person's medical record history, diagnosis,prognosis, and outcome
physicians order sheet a specific chart form used by the physician to record orders for the patient.
transcription procedure involving activating or communicating theplan of care that the physician determines for the patient.
HIM Health Information Management
MAR Medication Administration Record
PRN as necessary
STAT immediately
T.O. Telephone Order
V.O. Verbal Order
Standing Routine Orders
One time or short order sheet some meds can only be given for 72 hours. once or for just a specified short amount of time
Kardex profile of all current physicians orders for a patient. serves as one document where all orders are consolidated.
bacteriology study of bacteria that causes disease
blood bank dept of the laboratory (transfusion services) that is responsible for testing, preparing, providing blood and blood products
chemistry department performs tests to determine chemical changes in body fluids
culture medium special sustance that the specimen is place upon or in to allow bacteria to grow and multiply.
cytology study of cells
donor services dept of laboratory responsible for testing and collecting blood from donors.
hematology study of blood cells, coagulation, and bleeding disorders
laboratory dept that provides testing tohelp health care professional
microbiology study of microscopic organism.
mycology study of fungi that cause diseases
parasitology study of parasites that causes diseases.
pathology study of disease
point-of-care stations area set up with basic laboratory testing equipment to provide test results quickly, where the patient is located.
serology department dept responsible for the testing of specimens that produce a recordable reaction between an antibody and antigen
specimen collection dept department that obtains and processes all the specimens that arrived in the laboratory for testing. (lab)
transport medium a broad term used to describe what the specimen will be placed in to be sent to the lab
urinalysis dept processes the tests requested on urine specimens
virology study of viruses that cause disease.
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AFB Acid-Fast Bacilli (TB Culture)
Bili Bilirubin (lacking yellow)
BS Blood Sugar (FBS - Fasting Blood Sugar)
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen (Kidney Studies)
CBC Complete Blood Count (Blood Study) see hemoglobin
CSF Cerebrospinal Fluid (high Fever)
Chol Cholesterol (LDL & HDL)
LDL Bad Cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein)
HDL Good Cholesterol (High-Density Lipoprotein)
Creat Creatine
C & S Culture and Sensitivity
Diff Differential
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
HbA1c, HgbA1C Gylcosylated Hemoglobin (Diabetes do this test)
Hgb Hemoglobin
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
K Potassium (Vitamin K - different drug)
Mg Magnesium
Na Sodium
NPO Nothing By Mouth
RBC Red Blood Count
TSH, T3, T4 Test to assess your thyroid gland TSH-Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone, T3- Triiodothyronine Resin Uptake, T-4 Thyroxine
U/A Urinalysis
WBC White Blood Count
Glucose Meter meter to determine blood sugar level
Blood Samples we just call lab, put in Bio hazard bag
FE, FEs04 Iron
Hct Hemotocrit
Hgb Hemoglobin
Test for patient bleeding or on anticoagents Prothrombin Time(PT), Partial Thromboplastin time (PTT), Fibrinogen Level(Fib), Platelet count (PLT CT, Clotting time, Thrombin clotting time (TCT)
contrast medium dye or iodine-containing substance that is injected into body illuminate inner structure that are hard to see.appears solid on xray
Holter monitor device that monitors heart activity throughout the course of the day.
CXR Chest X-ray
ECG Electrocardiogram
Echo Echocardiogram
EEG Electroencephalogram
EGD Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
GI Gastrointestinal
EKG Electrocardiogram
invasive procedure in which a part of body is entered, such as an incision cutting requires consent form
HOH Hard of Hearing
IV Intravenous
IVP Intravenous Pyelogram
l left
MAR Medication Administration Record
MRA Magnetic Resonance Angiography
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Preps Preparation for an Examination
PROCTO proctopscopy
Sigmoid Sigmoidoscopy
UGI Upper Gastrointestinal
W/C Wheel chair
Transcribing a diagnostic exam order When is exam performed, How is patient prepared, How is patient transported, Why is exam ordered, What dept performs the exam.
Exam Performed which test can be done right away
Patient Prepared or prepped may include diet change
cardiology heart test
Cardiac catheterization invasive procedure
Echocardiogram (Echo) non-invasive exam
Electtrocardiogram non-invasive exam
Holter monitor monitors heart activity over 24 hrs where the patient were electrodes.
Telemetry process of measuring and transmitting heart activity during hospitalization.
Read entire order prioritize and check for incomplete or illegible orders
Prioritize Orders what orders in order set need be transcribed first
Medication in order set, copy to pharmacy cruicial that pharmacy receive the physician medication orders
Communicate the order to individual or departments enter order for exam on paper requisition, send the requisition to dept and other facilities
Record on Kardex track orders, done in pencil and update as changes occur, discontinue or add.
Record Medication on MAR HUC responsible for writing medication on MAR
Check off each order as set is completed Place a check mark
Reread and check all work for accuracy multiply requests received by HUC
Sign off order with name, title, date, and time HUC accountable for orders transcribed
AP anterior to posterior, or front to back
Decubitus a position assumed when lying down
Lat lateral or side
Oblique view slanting angle
CT Computed tomography (CT)
DSA Digital Subtraction angiogram
DVT Digital Vascular Imaging
fluoroscopy allow for visualization of arteriess
CT scan of abdomen Computer tomography of the abdomen
BE, BaE Barium enema (test to view the large intestine)
GB, OCG Gallbladder, oral cholecystogram
KUB Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder
mammogram xray image of soft tissue of breast
Nuclear Medicine radioactive
Ultrasound use of high frequency sound to image internal structures
bolus large, single amount given all at once
diet board list of all depts patients and nutrition and meals ordered
enteral by way of intestine or gastrointestinal tract(goes through mouth to get to digestive tract)
G-tube Gastostomy tube - small plastic hose inserted in cut or incision in skin directly to stomach or small intestine
NG-tube Nasogastric tube- tube inserted in nose and routed directly into stomach
parenteral anything that bypass going thru mouth, IV or any injection
tube feeding IV, food in liquid form given through a tube that is inserted in stomach
AS tol as tolerated
cc cubic centimeters or chief complaint
chol cholesterol
cl liq clear liquids
DAT diet as tolerated
K or KCL potassium cholride
NaCl Sodium Chloride (salt)
CDR Commission Dietetic Registration
Dietitians task teach and recommend food choices and guidelines for patients on restricted diets
nutrients substance that provide body with energy and materials necessary for growth, maintenance of body tissues, proper cell functioning
regular diets, general diet or house diet given to a balance, nutritional dies with no restrictions
Gen liq General liquids
Therapeutic means tending to improve or restore health.
Therapeutic diet diet that modified to improve or treat specific conditions., ie over or under weight,diabetes
ADA American Dietetic Association diet - decrease the need for diabetic medication, control weight by managign calories and carb
CHF Congested Heart Failure
Fluid Restricted diet that controls or monitors liquids
Calorie Controlled may be ordered as a high-calorie or low calorie diet.
Low Sodium or Low Salt diet Lo Na or low NA; Lo NaCL; NAS (no salt added); 2gm Na (two grams sodium); 3.5 gm Na(three point five grams sodium)
Pureed or blenderized diet that breaks down the solid food into a liquid for ease of chewing/swalling(baby food)
Renal diet for patient with kidney disease, restricts proten, sodium(NA), potassium(K) and phosphorus(P OR PHOS)
Special diets Religious or cultural diets
Supplement diets food or drink that is fortified with additional nutrients and vitamins like Sustacal and Ensure
cc means liquid form True
parental apart/away
diet board to record patient diets, list of all of depts patients nutritrion and meals ordered
Dietary service & diet orders can be requested via computer entry system and paper requistion True
Most diet orders are written as standing orders True, they remain active or inplace until orders are written to change or discontinue
NAS diet No Added Salt diet
activity extent or level of body movement, function, or exercise
afebrile refers to body temperature within normal limits
apical pulse pulse taken over the chest in apex area ofheart
axillary refers to arm pit
blood pressure measure of pressure of blood sugar against wall of blood vessels
diastolic bottom value in blood pressure reading
febrile refers to elevated body temperature, not within normal range
Kardex communication tool used by HUC to communicate nursing orders to nursing staff
neurological vital signs signs used to assess the nervous system, inculde checking eye pupils for reaction
nursing care attention and treatment provided to client by clinical staff
nursing care orders orders written by the nurse
nursing judgment thought process
palliative care care given to patients near the end of life. diagnostic testing is stopped,most treatments are discontinued.
pulse heart is beating
radial artery artery located in wrist
respirations rate at which breathing occurs
systolic top value in blood pressure reading
tympanically refers to ear, temperature taken by ear (tympanic)
vital signs measurement of body's temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration
OOB Out of Bed
NVS Neurological Vital Signs
SSE Soapsuds Enema
RR Respiratory Rate
TWE Tap Water Enema
UO Urinary Output
TPR Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
tol tolerated
min minutes
F fahrenheit
D/c discontinue
C Celsius
CBR complete Bed rest
Amb Ambulatory
LOC Level of consciousness
normal temperature average 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius
orthostatic blood pressure reading be taken on patient in a lying, sitting, or standing position.
Apical pulses taken over chest in area of apex of heart using stethoscope.
rr respiratory rate recorded as breaths per minute
P rate Pulse rate recorded as beats per minute
16 breaths per minute average adult's respiration
20 breaths a minute average infants' respiration
SOB shortness of breath
Neurological vital signs checking the eye pupils for reaction to light, checking for Level of Consciousness (LOC) asking questions relating to time, place, and events.
Position orders for patients comfort
log roll roll used when turning the patient from side to side
Enema relieves gas(flatus), remove stool due to constipation, as a preparation for surgery or an exam. TWE, SSE, Oil retention, fleets
Intravenous theraphy provides nutrition, blood products, fluids, and medication to patient.
NG nasogastric tube another type of suctioning, if patient need stomach emptied
Palliative care providing pain relieff medications, nutritional supplements while at same time d/c alll diagnostic test and treatment, end of life. comfort care only no vital signs taken
foot cradle keeps the bedclothes off the feet and legs
pressure mattress reduces skin breakdown also called gaymar mattress
sheepskin adds barrier between the bedclothes and the patient. reduces skin breakdown
BR Bed Rest
CBR Complete Bed Rest
apothecary European term given to druggist, one who prepares or sell drugs
chemical name chemical & molecular formula of a drug
generic name common name given to drug by developer
metric modern measurement system based on meter, kilogram, and decimal system
sliding scale medication dose is written to be dependent on laboratory results
trade or brand name name given to drug by the manufacturer or seller
ASA aspirin
Aer Aerosol
cap capsule
chew chewable
CNS Central nervous system
Conc concentrate
CSA Controlled Substance Act
CVC Central Venous Catheter
D5 Dextrose 5%
D5W Dextrose 5% Water
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
dr delayed release
dr dram
drsg dressings
effrv Effervescent
elcon Electronically Controlled
er extended Release
g, gm, gram
gr grain
gran granule
gtt drop
H Hypodermic
h, hr hour,
HA or Hyperal Hyperalimentation
Hep loc Heparin Lock
hs hour of sleep or bedtime
ID Intradermal
IM Intramuscular
imp implant
inj injection
INT Intermittent IV needle
IVPB Intravenous piggyback
L, l liter
loz lozenge
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
met metered
mg milligram
ml milliliter
MOM Milk of Magnesia
NaCl Sodium Chloride (saline)
NF National Formulary
NS Normal Saline
NSAID Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
oz ounce
PCA Patient-controlled analgesia
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
PICC Peripherpherally Inserted Central Catheter
po oral, or by mouth
prn as necessary
pwd powder
subling,subl sublingual
susp suspension
supp suppository
tab tablet
Tpn Total Parenteral Nutrition
USP United States Pharmacopeia
VAD Vascular Access Device
Oz and cc apothecary means ounces; and cc means in metric
(gr) xv means 15 grains
apothecary symbols gr for grain, dr for dram, and oz for ounce
cap er capsule extended release
Aer met Aerosol metered
oint ointment
tab dr tablet delayed release
common unit of measurement for weight gram, liter, or cubic centimeter.Q12hr
Q12hr Every 12 hours
elix elixir
o.u. both eyes
o.s. left eye
O.d. right eye
p.r. per rectum or rectally
A.D. or A.R. Right Ear
A.S. or A.L. Left Ear
A.U. Both ears
NJ nasojejunal tube
noct night
et and
ss one half
aq or H2) water
qs quantity sufficient
s with line over it without
c with a line over it with
p with line over it after
a with line over it before
3 teaspoon equals 5 ml
3 tablespoon equals 15 ml
1 gram equals 1000mg
1 kiliogram equals 1000 grams
1 milliliter equals 1 cc and 0.001L
1 cc equals 1 ML and 0.001L
1 liter equals 1000ml
1 tablespoon equals 15cc
30cc equals 1 ounce
gr i equals 60 or 65 mg
NKDA No known Drug Allergies
NHO Notify House Officer
SBP Systolic Blood Pressure
TCDB Turn, cough, deep breath
DBP Diastolic Blood Pressure
ETOH Alcohol
IP inpatient
IPPB intermittent positive pressure
IU International unit
IUD intrauterine device
IUP intrauterine pregnancy
IVF intravenous fluids
IVR intravenous rate
K+level Potassium Level
KO keep open
L.A. long acting
LAS label as such
LDH lactodehydrogenase
LE lupus Erythematosus
LFT liver function test
LOA leave of absence
LOC laxative of choice
LPN licensed practical nurse
lytes Electrolytes
M & M enema milk and molasses enema
Mcg or mcg Micrograms
meds medications
MI Myocardial Infraction (heart attack)
mm millimeter
ml milliliter
MN, mn, NOC midnight
N, NL normal
narc narcotics
N.B. note well, take notice
NBN Newborn nursey
NC nasal cannula
NDC national Drug Code
NF National Formulary
NH nursing home
NICU newborn intensive care unit
NKA no known allergies
NKMA no known medication allergy
NKDA no known drug allergies
nst not sent
n/v nausea and vomiting
O pint
OB obstetrics
OD overdose
oint ointment
OJ Orange Juice
OOB Out of Bed
OP outpatient
opth ophthalmic
OR operating room
P or p after, per
P.A. prolonged action or Physician Assistance
CCU coronary care unit
CDS controlled drug substance
CICU coronary intensive care unit
CLD or CL diet clear liquid diet
cond condition
cont continous
C section Cesarean section
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CVA cerebrovascular accident or stoke
CXR Chest Xray
cysto cystoscopy
D.A. delayed action
decub decubitus, xray or bedsore
dig digoxin
dig level digoxin Blood level
DNI Do not Intubate
DNR Do not Resusciate
DR Delivery
DS Double Strength
Dx diagnosis
E.C. enteric coated
ER Emergency Room
FDA Food and Drug Administration
Fi02 frequency of inspired air
FS floor stock
FTT failure to thrive
FUO fever of unknown origin
Fx fracture
f(x) function
GFR glomerular filtration rate
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
H.A. or HA headache
HCL hydrochloride
HCVD hypertensive cardiovascular disease
HEENT head, eye, ear, nose, throat
hep lock or H.L. heparin lock
Hg mercury
Hgb hemoglobin
H.O. house officer
H.R. heart rate
Hx history
Hyperal hyperalimentation
ICN intensive care nursery
ICU intensive care unit
gluc glucose
IV sites Intraderma, Intravenous, Subcutaneous, Intramuscular
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