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HUC Abbreviations

Health Unit Coordinating Abbreviations

QuestionAnswer
> greater than
< less than
increase or above
/ per or by
Δ change
@ at
decrease or below
o degree or hour
A apical
AA active assisted
A&A arthroscopy and arthrotomy
ā before
åå of each
AAROM active-assistive range of motion
Ab antibody
abd abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ABR absolute bed rest
Ac before meals
ACL anterior cruciate ligament repair
AD right ear
ADA American Diabetic Association
ADE adverse drug event
ADH antidiuretic hormone (chemistry)
ADL activity(ies) of daily living
ad lib as desired
A-drive floppy drive
ADS adult distress syndrome
ADT Log Book a book used to record all admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit
ADT Sheet a form used to record admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit for each day
AE antiembolism
AFB acid-fast bacillus
Ag antigen
AHA American Heart Association
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AKA above the knee amputation
ALP or alk phos alkaline phosphatase (chemistry)
A.M. morning
AMA against medical advice
amb ambulate
AMO against medical orders
amp ampule
ANA American Nurses Association; antinuclear antibody (serology)
ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center
A&O alert and oriented
AP anteroposterior
A&P repair anterior and posterior colporraphy
A&P resection abdominoperineal resection
appt appointment
APS Adult Protective Services
ARC AIDS-related complex
ARDS acute (adult) respiratory distress syndrome
AROM active range of motion
AS left ear
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
AU both ears
AV fistula arteriovenous fistula
AV shunt atrial/ventricular shunt
ax axillary
BAER or AER brainstem auditory response
BC blood culture
BCOC bowel care of choice
BE barium enema
BIBA brought in by ambulance
bid twice a day
bili bilirubin
BiPap bilevel positive airway pressure
BiW, biw twice a week
BKA below the knee amputation
B/L bilateral
BLE both lower extremities
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BMP basic metabolic panel
BNP brain natriuretic peptide
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
BUE both upper extremities
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
c with
C Celsius
Ca cancer
Ca+ calcium
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calorie
cap capsule
CAT computed axial tomography
cath catheterize
CBC complete blood cell count
CBG capillary blood gas
CBI continuous bladder irrigation
CBR continuous bed rest
cc or cm3 cubic centimeter
CC, creat cl, or cr cl creatinine clearance (chemistry)
CCM certified case manager
ccu coronary care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
C-drive hard drive stored inside the computer
CDSS clinical decision support system/s
CE covered entities
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen (special chemistry)
CEO chief executive officer
CFO chief financial officer
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholesterol
CHUC certified health unit coordinator
CI clinical indication
cl or CL clear; chloride (chemistry)
cm centimeter
CMP comprehensive metabolic panel
CMS circulation, motion, sensation
CMT cardiac monitor technician
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNA certified nursing assistant
c/o complained of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COA or C of A condition of admission
comp or cmpd compound
con't continue
COO chief operating officer
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COW computer on wheels
CP cold pack
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CPK or CK creatine phosphokinase or creatine kinase (chemistry)
CPM continuous passive motion
CPOE computer physician order entry
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPS Child Protective Services
CPT chest physical therapy
CPU central processing unit
CPZ Compazine
CQI continuous quality improvement
C&S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVC central venous catheter
CVICU cardiovascular intensive critical care unit
CVP central venous pressure
Cx culture
CXR chest X-ray
D or E drive drive/s to read CDs or DVDs
DAT diet as tolerated; direct antiglobulin test
D/C or DC discontinue or discharge
Diff differential
Dig digoxin
Disch discharge
D/LR dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution
DME durable medical equipment
DMS document management system
DNR do not resuscitate
D/NS dextrose in normal saline
DO doctor of osteopathy
DOA dead on arrival
DPI dry powder inhaler
dr dram
DRG diagnosis-related group
D/RL dextrose in Ringer's lactate
DSA digital subtraction angiography
DSS dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (Colace)
DSU day surgery unit
D/W dextrose in water
DW distilled water
D5W 5% dextrose in water
D10W 10% dextrose in water
Dx diagnosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
EC enteric coated
ECF extended care facility
ECG or EKG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EEC electroencephalogram
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
elix elixir
EMG electromyogram
EMR electronic medical record
ENG electronystagmography
EPC electronic pain control
EPHI electronic protected health information
EPS electrophysiologic study
ER emergency room
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ES electrical stimulation
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end-stage renal disease
ET endotracheal tube
ETS elevated toilet seat
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF force fluids
FFP fresh frozen plasma
fib fibrinogen
FPG fasting plasma glucose (chemistry)
FS full strength; frozen section
5-FU 5-fluorouracil
F/U follow-up
FWB full weight bearing
FWW front wheel walker
Fx, fx fracture
G, gm, g gram
GB gallbladder
GI gastrointestinal
glue glucose
gr grain
GTT glucose tolerance test
gtt(s) drop(s)
Gyn gynecology
h, hr, hrs hour/s
h or (H) hypodermic
HA heated aerosol
H/A headache
HBOT hyperbaric O2 therapy
HBsAg hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV hepatitis B virus
hCG human chorionic gonadotropin
hct hematocrit
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HCV hepatitis C virus
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
hgb hemoglobin
H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HIMS health information management system
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HIVB24Ag human immunodeficiency virus antigen screen (serology)
HL or hep-lock heparin lock
HMO health maintenance organization
HNP herniated nucleus pulposus
HO house officer
h/o history of
H2O water
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
HOB head of bed
H&P history and physical
HP hot pack
hs bedtime
HSV herpes simplex virus
HUC health unit coordinator; health unit clerk
HUS health unit secretary
Hx history
ICD implantable cardioverter-defibrillator; International Classification of Diseases
ICU intensive care unit
ID labels identification labels
IIHI individually identifiable health information
IM intramuscular
I&O intake and output
IPG impedance plethysmography
IPPB intermittent positive-pressure breathing
irrig irrigate
IS incentive spirometry
ISOM isometric
IV intravenous
IVDU intravenous drug user
IVF intravenous fluids
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
IVU intravenous urogram
K potassium
KG potassium chloride
kg kilogram
KO or KVO keep open / keep vein open
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
L liter
lat lateral
lb,
L&D labor and delivery
LDL low-density lipoprotein
LE lower extremity
liq liquid
LLE left lower extremity
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
L/min liters per minute
LOC laxative of choice; leave on chart; level of consciousness; loss of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LR lactated Ringer's solution
L&S liver and spleen
LS lumbosacral
Lt left
LTC long-term care
LUE left upper extremity
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
lytes or e-lytes electrolytes
MAR medication administration record
MD doctor of medicine
MDI metered-dose inhaler
Med medical
mEq milliequivalent
mets metastasis
u,g, meg microgram
mg milligram
Mg or Mg+ magnesium
MgSO magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
min minute
mL milliliter
MN midnight
MOM Milk of Magnesia
MR may repeat
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
MSO4 or MS morphine sulfate
MSSU medical short-stay unit
Na or Na+ sodium
NAHUC National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
NAS no added salt
NCS nerve conduction study
nec necessary
Neuro neurology
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NINP no information, no publication
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NKFA no known food allergies
NKMA no known medication allergies
nh3 ammonia
noc night
non rep do not repeat
NP nasopharynx
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NSA no salt added
NTG nitroglycerin
N/V nausea and vomiting
NVS or neuro s neurologic vital signs or checks
NWB non-weight bearing
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OBS observation
OCG oral cholecystogram
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
O&P ova and parasites
OPS outpatient surgery
OR operating room
ORE oil-retention enema
ORIF open reduction, internal fixation
Ortho orthopedics
OS left eye
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSMO osmolality
OT occupational therapy
OTC over-the-counter
OU both eyes
oz ounce
p (with line above) after
P pulse
PA posteroanterior
PACS Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
PACU postanesthesia care unit
PAP prostatic acid phosphatase
PAS pulsatile antiembolism stockings
PBZ pyribenzamine
PC personal computer; packed cell
pc after meals
PCA patient-controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCP primary care physician
PCT patient care technician
PCV packed-cell volume (hematology; same as hematocrit)
PCXR portable chest X-ray
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDPV postural drainage, percussion, and vibration
PDR Physicians' Desk Reference
Peds pediatrics
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PEP positive expiratory pressure
PET positron emission tomography
pH hydrogen ion concentration (acidity)
PHI protected health information reference
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU phenylketonuria (chemistry)
P.M. evening, night
PO by mouth, or postoperative
P04 or phos phosphate or phosphorus (chemistry)
POCT or PCT point-of-care testing
Postop, postop after surgery
PP postpartum
pp postprandial (after meals)
P&PD percussion and postural drainage
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
pr per rectum
Preop, preop before surgery
prn whenever necessary
PROM passive range of motion
PSA patient support associate; prostate-specific antigen
Psych psychiatry
PT physical therapy; prothrombin time
Pt patient
PTA physical therapy assistant
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTHC or PTC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
PIT or APTT partial thromboplastin time or activated partial thromboplastin time
PWB partial weight bearing
q every
qd every day; daily
qh every hour (or fill in hour [e.g., q4h])
qid four times a day
qns quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
R rectal
RA room air
R*A*C*E Rescue individuals in danger; Alarm—sound the alarm; Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows; Extinguish the fire with the nearest suitable fire extinguisher
RBC red blood cell
RBS random blood sugar
RD registered dietitian
ROW red cell distribution width
reg regular
Retics reticulocytes (hematology)
RIS radiology information system
RL Ringer's lactate
RLE right lower extremity
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R&M routine and microscopic
RML right middle lobe
RN registered nurse
R/0 rule out
ROM range of motion
Rout routine
RPR rapid plasmin reagin
RR recovery room; respiratory rate
RSV respiratory syncytial virus
RT respiratory therapist
Rt routine
rt or ® right
RUE right upper extremity
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx take (e.g., treatment, medication)
s (with line above) without
ss semis (one-half)
S&A sugar and acetone (urinalysis)
SAD save a day
SaO2 or O2 sats oxygen saturation
SBFT small bowel follow-through
SBO small bowel obstruction
SBU small business unit
SC, sq, or sub-q subcutaneous
SCO sequential compression device
SDS same-day surgery
SEP somatosensory evoked potential
SHUC student health unit coordinator
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SL sublingual
SNAT suspected nonaccidental trauma
SNF skilled nursing facility
SO4 sulfate
SOB shortness of breath
sol'n solution
SOS if needed (one dose only)
SR slow release
SSE soap suds enema
SSU short-stay unit
st straight
stat immediately
STM soft tissue massage
subling, SL sublingual (under the tongue)
supp suppository
Surg surgery
SVN small volume nebulizer
syr syrup
T3,T4,T7 thyroid tests
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tab tablet
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
TBD to be done
TBT template bleeding time
T&C or T&X-match type and crossmatch
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe
TCT or TT thrombin clotting time or thrombin time
TDWB touchdown weight bearing
Ted antiembolism stockings
temp temperature
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
THR or THA total hip replacement/total hip arthroplasty
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron-binding capacity (chemistry)
TICU trauma intensive care unit
tid three times a day
Timed Specimen to be drawn at specified time
tinct or tr tincture
TJC The Joint Commission
TKO to keep open
TKR or TKA total knee replacement/total knee arthroplasty
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
TRA to run at
Trig or TG triglycerides (chemistry)
T&S type and screen
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
T/stat timed stat
TT tilt table
TTOT transtracheal oxygen therapy
TTWB toe-touch weight bearing
TUR transurethral resection
TWE tap water enema
Tx traction or treatment
u unit
UA or U/A urinalysis
UC urine culture
UCR usual, customary, and reasonable
UD unit dose
UGI upper gastrointestinal
ung unguent (ointment)
US ultrasound
USN ultrasonic nebulizer
VAD venous access device
VDRL Venereal Disease Research Laboratories
VDT video display terminal
VEP visual evoked potential
vib & perc vibration and percussion
VMA vanillylmandelic acid
VNS visiting nurse service
VS vital sign
WA or W/A while awake
WBAT weight bearing as tolerated
WBC white blood cell
WHO World Health Organization
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WP whirlpool
wt weight
WWW World Wide Web
X-match crossmatch
Zn zinc
> greater than
< less than
increase or above
/ per or by
Δ change
@ at
decrease or below
̊ degree or hour
A apical
AA active assisted
A&A arthroscopy and arthrotomy
ā before
åå of each
AAROM active-assistive range of motion
Ab antibody
abd abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ABR absolute bed rest
Ac before meals
ACL anterior cruciate ligament repair
AD right ear
ADA American Diabetic Association
ADE adverse drug event
ADH antidiuretic hormone (chemistry)
ADL activity(ies) of daily living
ad lib as desired
A-drive floppy drive
ADS adult distress syndrome
ADT Log Book a book used to record all admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit
ADT Sheet a form used to record admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit for each day
AE antiembolism
AFB acid-fast bacillus
Ag antigen
AHA American Heart Association
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AKA above the knee amputation
ALP or alk phos alkaline phosphatase (chemistry)
A.M. morning
AMA against medical advice
amb ambulate
AMO against medical orders
amp ampule
ANA American Nurses Association; antinuclear antibody (serology)
ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center
A&O alert and oriented
AP anteroposterior
A&P repair anterior and posterior colporraphy
A&P resection abdominoperineal resection
appt appointment
APS Adult Protective Services
ARC AIDS-related complex
ARDS acute (adult) respiratory distress syndrome
AROM active range of motion
AS left ear
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
AU both ears
AV fistula arteriovenous fistula
AV shunt atrial/ventricular shunt
ax axillary
BAER or AER brainstem auditory response
BC blood culture
BCOC bowel care of choice
BE barium enema
BIBA brought in by ambulance
bid twice a day
bili bilirubin
BiPap bilevel positive airway pressure
BiW, biw twice a week
BKA below the knee amputation
B/L bilateral
BLE both lower extremities
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BMP basic metabolic panel
BNP brain natriuretic peptide
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
BUE both upper extremities
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
c with
C Celsius
Ca cancer
Ca+ calcium
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calorie
cap capsule
CAT computed axial tomography
cath catheterize
CBC complete blood cell count
CBG capillary blood gas
CBI continuous bladder irrigation
CBR continuous bed rest
cc or cm3 cubic centimeter
CC, creat cl, or cr cl creatinine clearance (chemistry)
CCM certified case manager
ccu coronary care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
C-drive hard drive stored inside the computer
CDSS clinical decision support system/s
CE covered entities
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen (special chemistry)
CEO chief executive officer
CFO chief financial officer
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholesterol
CHUC certified health unit coordinator
CI clinical indication
cl or CL clear; chloride (chemistry)
cm centimeter
CMP comprehensive metabolic panel
CMS circulation, motion, sensation
CMT cardiac monitor technician
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNA certified nursing assistant
c/o complained of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COA or C of A condition of admission
comp or cmpd compound
con't continue
COO chief operating officer
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COW computer on wheels
CP cold pack
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CPK or CK creatine phosphokinase or creatine kinase (chemistry)
CPM continuous passive motion
CPOE computer physician order entry
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPS Child Protective Services
CPT chest physical therapy
CPU central processing unit
CPZ Compazine
CQI continuous quality improvement
C&S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVC central venous catheter
CVICU cardiovascular intensive critical care unit
CVP central venous pressure
Cx culture
CXR chest X-ray
D or E drive drive/s to read CDs or DVDs
DAT diet as tolerated; direct antiglobulin test
D/C or DC discontinue or discharge
Diff differential
Dig digoxin
Disch discharge
D/LR dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution
DME durable medical equipment
DMS document management system
DNR do not resuscitate
D/NS dextrose in normal saline
DO doctor of osteopathy
DOA dead on arrival
DPI dry powder inhaler
dr dram
DRG diagnosis-related group
D/RL dextrose in Ringer's lactate
DSA digital subtraction angiography
DSS dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (Colace)
DSU day surgery unit
D/W dextrose in water
DW distilled water
D5W 5% dextrose in water
D10W 10% dextrose in water
Dx diagnosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
EC enteric coated
ECF extended care facility
ECG or EKG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EEC electroencephalogram
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
elix elixir
EMG electromyogram
EMR electronic medical record
ENG electronystagmography
EPC electronic pain control
EPHI electronic protected health information
EPS electrophysiologic study
ER emergency room
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ES electrical stimulation
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end-stage renal disease
ET endotracheal tube
ETS elevated toilet seat
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF force fluids
FFP fresh frozen plasma
fib fibrinogen
FPG fasting plasma glucose (chemistry)
FS full strength; frozen section
5-FU 5-fluorouracil
F/U follow-up
FWB full weight bearing
FWW front wheel walker
Fx, fx fracture
G, gm, g gram
GB gallbladder
GI gastrointestinal
glue glucose
gr grain
GTT glucose tolerance test
gtt(s) drop(s)
Gyn gynecology
h, hr, hrs hour/s
h or (H) hypodermic
HA heated aerosol
H/A headache
HBOT hyperbaric O2 therapy
HBsAg hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV hepatitis B virus
hCG human chorionic gonadotropin
hct hematocrit
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HCV hepatitis C virus
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
hgb hemoglobin
H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HIMS health information management system
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HIVB24Ag human immunodeficiency virus antigen screen (serology)
HL or hep-lock heparin lock
HMO health maintenance organization
HNP herniated nucleus pulposus
HO house officer
h/o history of
H2O water
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
HOB head of bed
H&P history and physical
HP hot pack
hs bedtime
HSV herpes simplex virus
HUC health unit coordinator; health unit clerk
HUS health unit secretary
Hx history
ICD implantable cardioverter-defibrillator; International Classification of Diseases
ICU intensive care unit
ID labels identification labels
IIHI individually identifiable health information
IM intramuscular
I&O intake and output
IPG impedance plethysmography
IPPB intermittent positive-pressure breathing
irrig irrigate
IS incentive spirometry
ISOM isometric
IV intravenous
IVDU intravenous drug user
IVF intravenous fluids
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
IVU intravenous urogram
K potassium
KG potassium chloride
kg kilogram
KO or KVO keep open / keep vein open
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
L liter
lat lateral
lb,
L&D labor and delivery
LDL low-density lipoprotein
LE lower extremity
liq liquid
LLE left lower extremity
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
L/min liters per minute
LOC laxative of choice; leave on chart; level of consciousness; loss of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LR lactated Ringer's solution
L&S liver and spleen
LS lumbosacral
Lt left
LTC long-term care
LUE left upper extremity
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
lytes or e-lytes electrolytes
MAR medication administration record
MD doctor of medicine
MDI metered-dose inhaler
Med medical
mEq milliequivalent
mets metastasis
u,g, meg microgram
mg milligram
Mg or Mg+ magnesium
MgSO magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
min minute
mL milliliter
MN midnight
MOM Milk of Magnesia
MR may repeat
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
MSO4 or MS morphine sulfate
MSSU medical short-stay unit
Na or Na+ sodium
NAHUC National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
NAS no added salt
NCS nerve conduction study
nec necessary
Neuro neurology
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NINP no information, no publication
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NKFA no known food allergies
NKMA no known medication allergies
nh3 ammonia
noc night
non rep do not repeat
NP nasopharynx
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NSA no salt added
NTG nitroglycerin
N/V nausea and vomiting
NVS or neuro s neurologic vital signs or checks
NWB non-weight bearing
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OBS observation
OCG oral cholecystogram
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
O&P ova and parasites
OPS outpatient surgery
OR operating room
ORE oil-retention enema
ORIF open reduction, internal fixation
Ortho orthopedics
OS left eye
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSMO osmolality
OT occupational therapy
OTC over-the-counter
OU both eyes
oz ounce
p (with line above) after
P pulse
PA posteroanterior
PACS Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
PACU postanesthesia care unit
PAP prostatic acid phosphatase
PAS pulsatile antiembolism stockings
PBZ pyribenzamine
PC personal computer; packed cell
pc after meals
PCA patient-controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCP primary care physician
PCT patient care technician
PCV packed-cell volume (hematology; same as hematocrit)
PCXR portable chest X-ray
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDPV postural drainage, percussion, and vibration
PDR Physicians' Desk Reference
Peds pediatrics
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PEP positive expiratory pressure
PET positron emission tomography
pH hydrogen ion concentration (acidity)
PHI protected health information reference
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU phenylketonuria (chemistry)
P.M. evening, night
PO by mouth, or postoperative
P04 or phos phosphate or phosphorus (chemistry)
POCT or PCT point-of-care testing
Postop, postop after surgery
PP postpartum
pp postprandial (after meals)
P&PD percussion and postural drainage
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
pr per rectum
Preop, preop before surgery
prn whenever necessary
PROM passive range of motion
PSA patient support associate; prostate-specific antigen
Psych psychiatry
PT physical therapy; prothrombin time
Pt patient
PTA physical therapy assistant
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTHC or PTC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
PIT or APTT partial thromboplastin time or activated partial thromboplastin time
PWB partial weight bearing
q every
qd every day; daily
qh every hour (or fill in hour [e.g., q4h])
qid four times a day
qns quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
R rectal
RA room air
R*A*C*E Rescue individuals in danger; Alarm—sound the alarm; Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows; Extinguish the fire with the nearest suitable fire extinguisher
RBC red blood cell
RBS random blood sugar
RD registered dietitian
ROW red cell distribution width
reg regular
Retics reticulocytes (hematology)
RIS radiology information system
RL Ringer's lactate
RLE right lower extremity
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R&M routine and microscopic
RML right middle lobe
RN registered nurse
R/0 rule out
ROM range of motion
Rout routine
RPR rapid plasmin reagin
RR recovery room; respiratory rate
RSV respiratory syncytial virus
RT respiratory therapist
Rt routine
rt or ® right
RUE right upper extremity
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx take (e.g., treatment, medication)
s (with line above) without
ss semis (one-half)
S&A sugar and acetone (urinalysis)
SAD save a day
SaO2 or O2 sats oxygen saturation
SBFT small bowel follow-through
SBO small bowel obstruction
SBU small business unit
SC, sq, or sub-q subcutaneous
SCO sequential compression device
SDS same-day surgery
SEP somatosensory evoked potential
SHUC student health unit coordinator
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SL sublingual
SNAT suspected nonaccidental trauma
SNF skilled nursing facility
SO4 sulfate
SOB shortness of breath
sol'n solution
SOS if needed (one dose only)
SR slow release
SSE soap suds enema
SSU short-stay unit
st straight
stat immediately
STM soft tissue massage
subling, SL sublingual (under the tongue)
supp suppository
Surg surgery
SVN small volume nebulizer
syr syrup
T3,T4,T7 thyroid tests
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tab tablet
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
TBD to be done
TBT template bleeding time
T&C or T&X-match type and crossmatch
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe
TCT or TT thrombin clotting time or thrombin time
TDWB touchdown weight bearing
Ted antiembolism stockings
temp temperature
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
THR or THA total hip replacement/total hip arthroplasty
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron-binding capacity (chemistry)
TICU trauma intensive care unit
tid three times a day
Timed Specimen to be drawn at specified time
tinct or tr tincture
TJC The Joint Commission
TKO to keep open
TKR or TKA total knee replacement/total knee arthroplasty
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
TRA to run at
Trig or TG triglycerides (chemistry)
T&S type and screen
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
T/stat timed stat
TT tilt table
TTOT transtracheal oxygen therapy
TTWB toe-touch weight bearing
TUR transurethral resection
TWE tap water enema
Tx traction or treatment
u unit
UA or U/A urinalysis
UC urine culture
UCR usual, customary, and reasonable
UD unit dose
UGI upper gastrointestinal
ung unguent (ointment)
US ultrasound
USN ultrasonic nebulizer
VAD venous access device
VDRL Venereal Disease Research Laboratories
VDT video display terminal
VEP visual evoked potential
vib & perc vibration and percussion
VMA vanillylmandelic acid
VNS visiting nurse service
VS vital sign
WA or W/A while awake
WBAT weight bearing as tolerated
WBC white blood cell
WHO World Health Organization
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WP whirlpool
wt weight
WWW World Wide Web
X-match crossmatch
Zn zinc
> greater than
< less than
increase or above
/ per or by
Δ change
@ at
decrease or below
̊ degree or hour
A apical
AA active assisted
A&A arthroscopy and arthrotomy
ā before
åå of each
AAROM active-assistive range of motion
Ab antibody
abd abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ABR absolute bed rest
Ac before meals
ACL anterior cruciate ligament repair
AD right ear
ADA American Diabetic Association
ADE adverse drug event
ADH antidiuretic hormone (chemistry)
ADL activity(ies) of daily living
ad lib as desired
A-drive floppy drive
ADS adult distress syndrome
ADT Log Book a book used to record all admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit
ADT Sheet a form used to record admissions, discharges, and transfers on a nursing unit for each day
AE antiembolism
AFB acid-fast bacillus
Ag antigen
AHA American Heart Association
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AKA above the knee amputation
ALP or alk phos alkaline phosphatase (chemistry)
A.M. morning
AMA against medical advice
amb ambulate
AMO against medical orders
amp ampule
ANA American Nurses Association; antinuclear antibody (serology)
ANCC American Nurses Credentialing Center
A&O alert and oriented
AP anteroposterior
A&P repair anterior and posterior colporraphy
A&P resection abdominoperineal resection
appt appointment
APS Adult Protective Services
ARC AIDS-related complex
ARDS acute (adult) respiratory distress syndrome
AROM active range of motion
AS left ear
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
AU both ears
AV fistula arteriovenous fistula
AV shunt atrial/ventricular shunt
ax axillary
BAER or AER brainstem auditory response
BC blood culture
BCOC bowel care of choice
BE barium enema
BIBA brought in by ambulance
bid twice a day
bili bilirubin
BiPap bilevel positive airway pressure
BiW, biw twice a week
BKA below the knee amputation
B/L bilateral
BLE both lower extremities
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BMP basic metabolic panel
BNP brain natriuretic peptide
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
BUE both upper extremities
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
c (with line above) with
C Celsius
Ca cancer
Ca+ calcium
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calorie
cap capsule
CAT computed axial tomography
cath catheterize
CBC complete blood cell count
CBG capillary blood gas
CBI continuous bladder irrigation
CBR continuous bed rest
cc or cm3 cubic centimeter
CC, creat cl, or cr cl creatinine clearance (chemistry)
CCM certified case manager
ccu coronary care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
C-drive hard drive stored inside the computer
CDSS clinical decision support system/s
CE covered entities
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen (special chemistry)
CEO chief executive officer
CFO chief financial officer
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholesterol
CHUC certified health unit coordinator
CI clinical indication
cl or CL clear; chloride (chemistry)
cm centimeter
CMP comprehensive metabolic panel
CMS circulation, motion, sensation
CMT cardiac monitor technician
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNA certified nursing assistant
c/o complained of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COA or C of A condition of admission
comp or cmpd compound
con't continue
COO chief operating officer
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COW computer on wheels
CP cold pack
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CPK or CK creatine phosphokinase or creatine kinase (chemistry)
CPM continuous passive motion
CPOE computer physician order entry
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPS Child Protective Services
CPT chest physical therapy
CPU central processing unit
CPZ Compazine
CQI continuous quality improvement
C&S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CVC central venous catheter
CVICU cardiovascular intensive critical care unit
CVP central venous pressure
Cx culture
CXR chest X-ray
D or E drive drive/s to read CDs or DVDs
DAT diet as tolerated; direct antiglobulin test
D/C or DC discontinue or discharge
Diff differential
Dig digoxin
Disch discharge
D/LR dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution
DME durable medical equipment
DMS document management system
DNR do not resuscitate
D/NS dextrose in normal saline
DO doctor of osteopathy
DOA dead on arrival
DPI dry powder inhaler
dr dram
DRG diagnosis-related group
D/RL dextrose in Ringer's lactate
DSA digital subtraction angiography
DSS dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (Colace)
DSU day surgery unit
D/W dextrose in water
DW distilled water
D5W 5% dextrose in water
D10W 10% dextrose in water
Dx diagnosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
EC enteric coated
ECF extended care facility
ECG or EKG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department
EEC electroencephalogram
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
elix elixir
EMG electromyogram
EMR electronic medical record
ENG electronystagmography
EPC electronic pain control
EPHI electronic protected health information
EPS electrophysiologic study
ER emergency room
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ES electrical stimulation
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end-stage renal disease
ET endotracheal tube
ETS elevated toilet seat
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF force fluids
FFP fresh frozen plasma
fib fibrinogen
FPG fasting plasma glucose (chemistry)
FS full strength; frozen section
5-FU 5-fluorouracil
F/U follow-up
FWB full weight bearing
FWW front wheel walker
Fx, fx fracture
G, gm, g gram
GB gallbladder
GI gastrointestinal
glue glucose
gr grain
GTT glucose tolerance test
gtt(s) drop(s)
Gyn gynecology
h, hr, hrs hour/s
h or (H) hypodermic
HA heated aerosol
H/A headache
HBOT hyperbaric O2 therapy
HBsAg hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV hepatitis B virus
hCG human chorionic gonadotropin
hct hematocrit
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HCV hepatitis C virus
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
hgb hemoglobin
H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HIMS health information management system
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HIVB24Ag human immunodeficiency virus antigen screen (serology)
HL or hep-lock heparin lock
HMO health maintenance organization
HNP herniated nucleus pulposus
HO house officer
h/o history of
H2O water
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
HOB head of bed
H&P history and physical
HP hot pack
hs bedtime
HSV herpes simplex virus
HUC health unit coordinator; health unit clerk
HUS health unit secretary
Hx history
ICD implantable cardioverter-defibrillator; International Classification of Diseases
ICU intensive care unit
ID labels identification labels
IIHI individually identifiable health information
IM intramuscular
I&O intake and output
IPG impedance plethysmography
IPPB intermittent positive-pressure breathing
irrig irrigate
IS incentive spirometry
ISOM isometric
IV intravenous
IVDU intravenous drug user
IVF intravenous fluids
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
IVU intravenous urogram
K potassium
KG potassium chloride
kg kilogram
KO or KVO keep open / keep vein open
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
L liter
lat lateral
lb,
L&D labor and delivery
LDL low-density lipoprotein
LE lower extremity
liq liquid
LLE left lower extremity
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
L/min liters per minute
LOC laxative of choice; leave on chart; level of consciousness; loss of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LR lactated Ringer's solution
L&S liver and spleen
LS lumbosacral
Lt left
LTC long-term care
LUE left upper extremity
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
lytes or e-lytes electrolytes
MAR medication administration record
MD doctor of medicine
MDI metered-dose inhaler
Med medical
mEq milliequivalent
mets metastasis
u,g, meg microgram
mg milligram
Mg or Mg+ magnesium
MgSO magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
min minute
mL milliliter
MN midnight
MOM Milk of Magnesia
MR may repeat
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
MSO4 or MS morphine sulfate
MSSU medical short-stay unit
Na or Na+ sodium
NAHUC National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
NAS no added salt
NCS nerve conduction study
nec necessary
Neuro neurology
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NINP no information, no publication
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NKFA no known food allergies
NKMA no known medication allergies
nh3 ammonia
noc night
non rep do not repeat
NP nasopharynx
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NSA no salt added
NTG nitroglycerin
N/V nausea and vomiting
NVS or neuro s neurologic vital signs or checks
NWB non-weight bearing
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OBS observation
OCG oral cholecystogram
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
O&P ova and parasites
OPS outpatient surgery
OR operating room
ORE oil-retention enema
ORIF open reduction, internal fixation
Ortho orthopedics
OS left eye
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSMO osmolality
OT occupational therapy
OTC over-the-counter
OU both eyes
oz ounce
p (with line above) after
P pulse
PA posteroanterior
PACS Picture Archiving and Communication Systems
PACU postanesthesia care unit
PAP prostatic acid phosphatase
PAS pulsatile antiembolism stockings
PBZ pyribenzamine
PC personal computer; packed cell
pc after meals
PCA patient-controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCP primary care physician
PCT patient care technician
PCV packed-cell volume (hematology; same as hematocrit)
PCXR portable chest X-ray
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDPV postural drainage, percussion, and vibration
PDR Physicians' Desk Reference
Peds pediatrics
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PEP positive expiratory pressure
PET positron emission tomography
pH hydrogen ion concentration (acidity)
PHI protected health information reference
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU phenylketonuria (chemistry)
P.M. evening, night
PO by mouth, or postoperative
P04 or phos phosphate or phosphorus (chemistry)
POCT or PCT point-of-care testing
Postop, postop after surgery
PP postpartum
pp postprandial (after meals)
P&PD percussion and postural drainage
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
pr per rectum
Preop, preop before surgery
prn whenever necessary
PROM passive range of motion
PSA patient support associate; prostate-specific antigen
Psych psychiatry
PT physical therapy; prothrombin time
Pt patient
PTA physical therapy assistant
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTHC or PTC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
PIT or APTT partial thromboplastin time or activated partial thromboplastin time
PWB partial weight bearing
q every
qd every day; daily
qh every hour (or fill in hour [e.g., q4h])
qid four times a day
qns quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
R rectal
RA room air
R*A*C*E Rescue individuals in danger; Alarm—sound the alarm; Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows; Extinguish the fire with the nearest suitable fire extinguisher
RBC red blood cell
RBS random blood sugar
RD registered dietitian
ROW red cell distribution width
reg regular
Retics reticulocytes (hematology)
RIS radiology information system
RL Ringer's lactate
RLE right lower extremity
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R&M routine and microscopic
RML right middle lobe
RN registered nurse
R/0 rule out
ROM range of motion
Rout routine
RPR rapid plasmin reagin
RR recovery room; respiratory rate
RSV respiratory syncytial virus
RT respiratory therapist
Rt routine
rt or ® right
RUE right upper extremity
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx take (e.g., treatment, medication)
s (with line above) without
ss semis (one-half)
S&A sugar and acetone (urinalysis)
SAD save a day
SaO2 or O2 sats oxygen saturation
SBFT small bowel follow-through
SBO small bowel obstruction
SBU small business unit
SC, sq, or sub-q subcutaneous
SCO sequential compression device
SDS same-day surgery
SEP somatosensory evoked potential
SHUC student health unit coordinator
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SL sublingual
SNAT suspected nonaccidental trauma
SNF skilled nursing facility
SO4 sulfate
SOB shortness of breath
sol'n solution
SOS if needed (one dose only)
SR slow release
SSE soap suds enema
SSU short-stay unit
st straight
stat immediately
STM soft tissue massage
subling, SL sublingual (under the tongue)
supp suppository
Surg surgery
SVN small volume nebulizer
syr syrup
T3,T4,T7 thyroid tests
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tab tablet
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
TBD to be done
TBT template bleeding time
T&C or T&X-match type and crossmatch
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe
TCT or TT thrombin clotting time or thrombin time
TDWB touchdown weight bearing
Ted antiembolism stockings
temp temperature
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
THR or THA total hip replacement/total hip arthroplasty
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron-binding capacity (chemistry)
TICU trauma intensive care unit
tid three times a day
Timed Specimen to be drawn at specified time
tinct or tr tincture
TJC The Joint Commission
TKO to keep open
TKR or TKA total knee replacement/total knee arthroplasty
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
TRA to run at
Trig or TG triglycerides (chemistry)
T&S type and screen
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
T/stat timed stat
TT tilt table
TTOT transtracheal oxygen therapy
TTWB toe-touch weight bearing
TUR transurethral resection
TWE tap water enema
Tx traction or treatment
u unit
UA or U/A urinalysis
UC urine culture
UCR usual, customary, and reasonable
UD unit dose
UGI upper gastrointestinal
ung unguent (ointment)
US ultrasound
USN ultrasonic nebulizer
VAD venous access device
VDRL Venereal Disease Research Laboratories
VDT video display terminal
VEP visual evoked potential
vib & perc vibration and percussion
VMA vanillylmandelic acid
VNS visiting nurse service
VS vital sign
WA or W/A while awake
WBAT weight bearing as tolerated
WBC white blood cell
WHO World Health Organization
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WP whirlpool
wt weight
WWW World Wide Web
X-match crossmatch
Zn zinc
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