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Abbreviations P

_ p after
P pulse, phosphorus
PA physician's assistant
PAC premature atrial contraction
PACU post anesthesia care unit
PAP Papanicolaou test (smear)
para number of pregnancies
Path pathology
Pb lead
PBI protein bound iodine
pc after meals
PCA patient controlled analgesia
PCC poison control center
PCP patient care plan
PCT patient/personal care technician
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
PE physical examination, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary edema,
Peds pediatrics
per by, through
PET positron emission tomography
pH measure of acidity/alkalinity
Pharm pharmacy
PI present illness
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU phenylketonuria
pm, PM after noon
PMC post mortem (after death) care
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PNS peripheral nervous system
po by mouth
PO phone order
post posterior, after
post-op after an operation
PP post partum (after delivery)
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
pre-op before an operation
prep prepare
prn whenever necessary, as needed
PROM passive range of motion
Psy psychology, psychiatry
pt patient, pint (500 mL or cc)
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction
PVD peripheral vascular disease
Px prognosis, physical examination