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Lesson 10-11

Common Abbreviations (A-R)

a before latin for ante and means before
aa of each latin ana, aa means of each
abd abdominal
a.c. before meals latin for ante ciburn and means before meals
ADL activity of daily living tells what patients can or should do on a daily basis
ad lib as desired
a.m. morning latin ante meridiem means before noon
amt amount usually describes volume
AROM active range of motion
AX axillary refers to temperature under the arm
BID two times a day Latin for bis indie
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
C celsius
c with
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CN charge nurse
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
DC discontinue
DON director of nurses
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
F Fahrenheit
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
gtt drop
GU genitourinary
h hour
H2O water
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
HS hour of sleep
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
lb pound
LE/LLE/LUE lower extremity; left lower extremity; left upper extremity
mm milimeter
Lt left
MI myocardial infarction
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V nausea and vomiting
O.D. right eye
OOB out of bed
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
oz. ounce
p after
P pulse
p.c. after meals
PO by mouth
p.m. evening
prn as needed
PROM passive range of motion
pt. patient
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every two hours
qid 4 times a day
qod every other day
QNS quantity not sufficient
QS quantity sufficient
R rectal
R respirations
RE/RUE/RLE right extremity; right upper extremity; right lower extremity
ROM range of motion
Rx prescription
s without
sig. write; to be labeled
SOB shortness of breath
ss half
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
strep streptococcus
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
tbsp. tablespoon
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse, and respirations
tsp. teaspoon
UP universal precautions
URI upper respiratory infections
UTI urinary tract infection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs
w/c wheelchair
wt. weight
CCU coronary care unit critical care unit
CS central supply
EENT ear, eyes, nose, and throat
ER emergency room
GI lab gastrointestinal lab
Lab laboratory
MICU medical intensive care unit
NICU neurointensive care unit neonatal intensive care unit
OB-GYN obstetrics and gynecology, or obstetrician gynecologist
OR operating room
pedi pediatrics
PT physical therapy
RT respiratory therapy
SICU surgical intensive care unit
ABG arterial blood gas
ACP acute care panel
BUN blood urea nitrogen
C & S culture and sensitivity
CBC complete blood count
Chem. chemistry
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CXR chest x ray
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
FBS fasting blood sugar
HCT hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
lytes electrolytes
O & P ova and parasites
O2 oxygen
RBC red blood count
TB tuberculosis
UA urinalysis
WBC white blood count
Ca calcium
Cl chloride
CRE creatinine
Fe iron
Glu glucose
K+ potassium
Na sodium
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate
< less than
> greater than
# pound
@ at
& and
female female
male male
up arrow increase
down arrow decrease
Created by: stephurtado7