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Nursing Abbreviation


HRR Heart Rate Regular
PERRLA Pupils Equal Round Reactive to Light Accomodation
ab abortion
a.c. before meals
ac & cl acetest & clinitest
AD right ear
ad lib as desired
adm admission
afeb afebrile, no fever
AFB acid-fast bacillus
AKA above the knee amputation
alb albumin
alt dieb alternate days (every other day)
amal amalgam
AMI acute myocardial infarction
ant anterior
Ap apical
AP apical pulse
aq aqueous
ARDS acute respiratory distress syndrome
AS left ear
ASA aspirin
as tol as tolerated
ATD admission, transfer, discharge
AU both ears
Ax axillary
BE barium enema
bil, bilateral both sides
BKA below knee amputation
bl blood
bl wk blood work
BOW bag of waters
BR bedrest
BS breath sounds
BSI body substance isolation
BSO bilateral salpingo-ooporectomy
BUN blood, urea, nitrogen levels
BVM bag-valve-mask
bx biopsy
C & S culture & sensitivity
c-spine cervical spine
cal calorie
CAT computerized axial tomography
cc cubic centimeters
CC chief complaint
CHD coronary heart disease
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholesterol
circ circumcision
cl liq clear liquid
CPK creatinine phosphokinase
CPT chest physical therapy
CT computer tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
CVU cardiovascular unit
cx cervix
CXR chest X-ray
cysto cystography
D & C dilation & curettage
DAT diet as tolerated
del delivery
diff differential
DOA dead on arrival
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
DRG diagnosis-related grouping
D/S dextrose in saline
DT's delirium tremens
DW distilled water
D5W 5% 5% dextrose in water
EBL estimated blood loss
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT eyes, ears, nose, throat
EMG electromyogram
EOA esophageal obturator airway
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ET endotracheal
etiol etiology
ETOH ethyl alcohol, intoxicated
ext external, extract, extraction
FBOA foreign body obstructed airway
FBS fasting blood sugar
FBW fasting blood work
FF (F. Fl) force fluids
FHS fetal heart sounds
FHT fetal heart tone
FIFO first in, first out
ft foot
FUO fever of undetermined origin
GB gallbladder
Fx fracture
GU genitourinary
GTT glucose tolerance test (pancreas test)
gtt (s) drop(s)
H & H hemoglobin & hematocrit
HCG human chorionic gonadotrophin
HDL high density lipoprotein
hr (h) hour
H&P history & physical
hs hour of sleep, bedtime
hypo hypodermic injection
hyst hysterectomy
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
I & D incision & drainage
I & P intracranial pressure
ing inguinal
inj injection
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
irrig irrigation
IS intercostal space
isol isolation
IT inhalation therapy
IVP intravenous pyelogram
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
L lumbar
lac laceration
lap laparotomy
lat lateral
LD lethal dose
LDH lactic dehydrogenase
liq liquid
LMP last menstrual period
LP lumbar puncture
MA mental age
MAST medical antishock trousers
MCI mass casualty incident
MICU mobile intensive care unit
min minute
MN midnight
MOM milk of magnesia
MS morphine sulfate, multiple sclerosis
NVD nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
N/C nasal cannula
nitro nitroglycerine
NKA no known allergies
noc (t) night
NS normal saline
nsg nursing
NSR Normal Sinus Rhythm
NVS neurological vital signs
OD right eye, overdose
oint ointment
OPD outpatient department
ord orderly
ortho correct, right (bones)
os mouth
OS left eye
OU both eyes
p after
P pulse
P & A percussion and auscultation
PAC premature atrial contraction
palp palpation
PAR post-anesthesia room
PAT paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
pc after meals
pCO2 partial pressure carbon dioxide
PDR physician's desk reference
PE physical exam, pulmonary embolism
PERL(A) pupils equal and reactive to light (and accommodation)
PH past history
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU phenylketonuria
post (pos) posterior
pp (p.p.) postprandial (after eating)
pO2 partial pressure of oxygen
PPD purified protein derivative (TB test)
pro time prothrombin time
pt patient, pint
PTT partial prothrombaplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction
Px physical exam, prognosis
qid 4x/day
qns quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
qs quantity sufficient
r (R) rectal
RAIU radioactive iodine uptake study
Rh rhesus
RK radial lateroctomy
RL ringer's lactate
RML Right middle lobe
RO reality orientation
R/O rule out
RV residual volume
SA sinoatrial
SB small bowel
sc subcutaneous
SGOT serum glutamic oxaloacetic transminase
SGPT serum glutamic pyruvic transminase
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
Sig: label/write
SL sublingual
spec specimen
sp. gr. specific gravity
SQ, sub q subcutaneous
SSE soap suds enema
STH somatotropic hormone
SVD spontaneous vaginal delivery
SVN small volume nebulizer
SVT supraventricular tachycardia
Sx symptoms
T temperature, thoracic
T & A tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TCDB turn, cough, deep breath
TPN total parenteral nutrition
tr tincture
TT tetanus toxoid
TUR transurethral resection
TV tidal volume
TVH total vaginal hysterectomy
TX traction
umb umbilicus
unc. unconscious
ung ointment
unk unknown
ur urine
URC usual, reasonable, customary
URI upper respiratory infection
US ultrasonic
vag vaginal
VC vital capacity
VD venereal disease
vo verbal order
WA while awake
w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
Created by: ashleyc9