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Med. Abbreviations

Health Science I Medical Abbreviations

TermDefinition
a before
amb ambulate or ambulatory
BM bowel movement
CCMS clean catch midstream
CO2 carbon dioxide
DNR do not resuscitate
ESRD end stage renal disease
fx fracture
H202 hydrogen peroxide
HPV human papillomavirus
inc incontinent
liq liquid
med surg medical surgical
Na sodium
NVD nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
ortho orthopedics
peri care perineal care
prep preparation
qam every morning
resp respiration
SCDs sequential compression devices
staph staphylococcus
TPN total parenteral nutrition
VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
AAROM active assistive range of motion
AMD age related macular degeneration
BP, B/P blood pressure
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COLD chronic obstructive lung disease
DO doctor of osteopathy
et al. and others
FYI for your information
H/A headache
HS, hs hours of sleep
inf inferior
LLE left lower extremity
mg milligram
N/A not applicable
NWB nonweight bearing
os mouth
qd every day
RF restrict fluids
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
STAT, stat immediately
T.P.R. temperature, pulse, and respiration
VS, vs vital signs
prn when necessary, as needed
per os by mouth
abd abdomen
amt. amount
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
CDE certified diabetics educator
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
DOA dead on arrival
ETOH alchohol
GAD generalized anxiety disorder
HAART highly active anti. retroviral therapy
ht height
I&O intake and output
LLQ left lower quadrant
MI myocardial infarction
NA nursing assistant
O.S. left eye
O2 oxygen
PET position emission tomography
prog. progress
qh, qhr every hour
RLE right lower extremity
sl sublingually
Std prec Standard Precautions
trach. tracheostomy
W/A, WA while awake
ABR absolute bedrest
ANS autonomic nervous system
BPM beats per minute
C. diff clostridium difficle
CP cerebral palsy
DOB date of birth
exam examination
gal gallon
HAV hepatitis A virus
HTN hypertension
IQ intelligence quotient
LOC level of consciousness, level of care
min minute
NaCl sodium chloride (table salt)
OB obstetrics
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
pH parts hydrogen
PROM passive range of motion
qhs every night at bedtime
RLQ right lower quadrant
SLE systemic lupus erythemaotosus
STDs sexually transmitted diseases
tsp. teaspoon
WBC white blood cell/count
ac, a.c. before meals
ant. anterior
BR bedrest
CEP competency evaluation (testing) programs
CPM continous passive motion
DON director of nursing
F Fahrenheit, female
H.U.C Health Unit Coordinator
HBV hepatitis B virus
irr. , irrig irrigation
Low-cal low calorie
mL milliliter
NAS no added salt
ob/gyn obstetrics and gynecology
OT occupational therapist, occupational therapy
PH past history
Pt, pt patient
q.o.d. every other day
RN registered nurse
SLP speech language pathologist
STIs sexually transmitted infections
TWE tap water enema
w/c, W/C wheelchair
GB gall bladder
a.p./AP apical pulse
AD Alzheimer's disease
BRP bathroom privileges
CEU continuing education unit
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Dr. doctor
FBS fasting blood sugar
HCV hepatitis C virus
Hx history
isol isolation
Low Na low sodium
mm millimeter
NATCEP Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program
OBRA Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
OTC over the counter (medication)
PHI protected health information
pt. pint
qt. quart
RNA restorative nursing assistant
sm. small
strep streptococcus
Tx, tx Traction, treatment
WNL within normal limits
ADC AIDS dementia complex
approx. approximately
BSC bedside commode
CHD coronary heart disease
CRF chronic renal failure
DRG diagnostic related group
FDA Food and Drug Administration
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
HDV Hepatitis D virus
hyper above normal, too fast, rapid
IV intravenous
LPN Licensed Pratical Nurse
mmHg millimeters of mercury
N/C no complaints, no call
O.U. both eyes
occ occasionally
phy. ex. physical exam
PT physical therapist, physical therapy
quad quadrant, quadriplegic
R/O rule out
SNAFU situation normal, all fouled up (slang)
supp. suppository
U/A, u/a urinalysis
wt. weight
ad lib as desired
AROM active range of motion
BSE breast self examination
C.S. Central Supply
CHF congestive heart failure
drsg dressing
Fe iron
geri chair geriatric chair
HEV hepatitis E virus
hypo low, less than normal
K potassium
LTC long-term care
MO microorgansim
NCS no concentrated sweets
OCD obsessive compulsive disorder
oz ounce
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PTH parathyroid hormone
R respirations, rectal
ROM range of motion
SNF skilled nursing facillity
surg surgery
UE upper extremity
yr. year
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