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Med Abbreviations

TermDefinition
A&P Anatomy & Physiology
AP Apical Pulse
Abd Abdomen
ac Before Meals
Ad lib as desired
ADL Activities of Daily Living
Adm Admission
AED Automated External Defibrillator
AM, a.m. Morning
AMA Against Medical Advice
Amb Ambulate
AROM Active Range of Motion
As tol As Tolerated
ASAP As Soon As Possible
Ax Axillary
BBS Bilateral Breath Sounds
BID Twice A Day
TID Three Times A Day
Bilat Bilateral
BM Bowel Movement
BMI Body Mass Index
BMR Basal Metabolic Rate
BP Blood Pressure
BR Bed Rest
BRP Bathroom Privileges
BS Bowel Sounds
BS Blood Sugar
BG Blood Glucose
BSA Body Surface Area
BSC Bedside Commode
Bx Biopsy
c or w/ With
CA Cancer
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
Cap Capsule
Cath Catheter
CBC Complete Blood Count
CBR Complete Bed Rest
CC Chief Complaint
CDC Centers for Disease Control
CEU Continuing Education Unit
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
Chol Cholesterol
Cl Liq Clear Liquids
C/O Complains of
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
C&S Culture and Sensitivity
CSF Cerebral Spinal Fluid
CT Computed Tomography
CVD Cardiovascular Disease
D/C Discharge
D/C Discontinue
Diff Differential
DNR Do Not Resuscitate
DOA Dead On Arrival
DOB Date of Birth
DOD Date of Death
Drsg Dressing
DRG Diagnostic Related Group
DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis
Dx Diagnosis
EKG Electrocardiogram
ED Emergency Department
ER Emergency Room
EEG Electroencephalogram
ENT Ears Nose Throat
EENT Eyes Ears Nose Throat
EHR Electronic Health Record
EMR Electronic Medical Record
EMS Emergency Medical Services
Etiol, Et Etiology
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
FBW Fasting Blood Work
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FF, FFl Force Fluids
Fx Fracture
FH Family History
FHR Fetal Heart Rate
GI Gastrointestinal
gtts drops
G-tube Gastic Tube
GU Genitourinary
Gyn Gynecology
H&H Hemoglobin and Hematocrit
HA Headache
HTN Hypertension
Hct Hematocrit
Hgb Hemoglobin
HHA Home Health Aide
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
H&P History and Physical
HOB Head of Bed
Hr, hr Hour
HS, hs Hour of Sleep
Hx History
I&O Intake and Output
ICU Intensive Care Unit
ID intradermal
IM Intramuscular
Inf Inferior
Ant Anterior
Isol Isolation
IV Intravenous
IVP Intravenous Push
IVPB Intravenous Piggyback
KUB Kidney Ureters Bladder
KVO Keep Vein Open
Kg Kilogram
K potassium
L&D Labor and Delivery
Lat Lateral
Liq Liquid
LLQ Left Lower Quadrant
LLE Left Lower Extremity
LUE Left Upper Extremity
LOC Level of Consciousness
LP Lumbar Puncture
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
LTC Long Term Care
MI Myocardial Infarction
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRSA Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
NB Newborn
N/C, NC Nasal Cannula
Neg Negative
NG Nasogastric
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NKA No Known Allergies
NKDA No Known Drug Allergies
noc, noct At night
NP Nurse Practitioner
NPO Nothing By Mouth
PO By Mouth
NVD Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea
od Overdose
OOB Out of Bed
OP Outpatient
OR Operating Room
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OT Occupational Therapy
OTC Over the Counter
PACU Post Anesthesia Care Unit
p After
Peds Pediatrics
pc After Meals
ac Before Meals
PPO Preferred Provider Organization
PRN As Needed
PROM Passive Range of Motion
AROM Active Range of Motion
ROM Range of Motion
PT Physical Therapy
pt Patient
Px Prognosis
q Every
qd Every Day
qh Every Hour
q2h Every Two Hours
hs Bedtime
QID Four Times A Day
QOD Every Other Day
RR Respiration Rate
R Respirations
RBC Red Blood Cell
RT Respiratory Therapy
s, w/o Without
SC Subcutaneous
SCD Sequential Compression Device
SOB Shortness of Breath
S&S, S/S Signs and Symptoms
STAT Immediately
Supp Suppository
Sx Surgery
T, Temp Temperature
Tab Tablet
TCDB Turn Cough and Deep Breaths
TF Tube Feed
TPR Temperature Pulse Respirations
TO Telephone Order
VO Verbal Order
CPOE Computerized Physician Order Entry
Tx, tx Treatment
UA Urinalysis
URI Upper Respiratory Infection
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
Ur Urine
WBC White Blood Cell
WC, w/c Wheelchair
WNL Within Normal Limits
w/o Without
wt Weight
Ht Height
x Times
XR Xray
yo, y/o years old
CNA Certified Nurse Assistant
CMA Certified Medical Assistant
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DON Director of Nursing
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
MD Medical Doctor
Dr Doctor
PCT Patient Care Technician
PCP Primary Care Physician
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
RN Registered Nurse
> Greater Than
< Less Than
A&D Admission and Discharge
Amt Amount
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