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EMT Abbreviations

abbreviated terms

TermDefinition
ABC Airway, Breathing, Circulation
AED Automated external defibrillator
ALS Advanced life support
A&O Alert and oriented
AMS Altered mental status
ASA Aspirin
ASAP As soon as possible
AVPU Alert, Verbal, Pain, Unresponsive
BLS Basic life support
BP Blood pressure
BSA Body surface area
BSI Body substance isolation
BVM Bag valve mask
CABG Coronary artery bypass graft
CC Chief complaint
CHF Congestive heart failure
CMS Circulation, motor, sensor
CNS Central nervous system
C/O Complaining of
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CPAP Continuous positive airway pressure
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CVA cerebrovascular accident
DM diabetes mellitus
DNO did not obtain
DNR do not resuscitate
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx diagnosis
ECG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
ET endotraceal
EtOH alcohol (drinking kind)
GCS Glasgow coma scale
GI gastrointestinal
GSW gunshot wound
HPI history of the present illness
HTN hypertention
Hx history
ICP intracranial pressure
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
JVD jugular vein distention
LOC level of consciousness
LPM liters per minute
LZ landing zone
MDI metered dose inhaler
MI myocardial infarction
MOI mechanism of injury
MS multiple sclerosis
MVA motor vehicle accident
NC nasal cannula
NKDA no known drug allergies
NOI nature of illness
NPO nothing by mouth
NRB nonrebreather
NTG Nytroglycerin
N/V Nausea & Vomiting
O2 Oxygen
OD Overdose
OMD Operational medical director
P Pulse
PE pulmonary embolism
PEARL pupils equal and reactive to light
PMH past medical history
PRN as needed
PO orally, by mouth
PVC premature ventricular contraction
RR respiration rate
Rx prescription
SL sublingual
SOB shortness of breath
S/S signs and symptoms
TIA transient ischemic attack
Tx treatment
UTO unable to obtain
WNL within normal limits
YOF year old female
YOM year old male
Created by: DSanchez140