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EMT Abbreviations

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AbbreviationMeaning
A&P anatomy and physiology
ā before
AAA abdominal aortic aneurysm
abd abdomen
ABC, ABC's airway, breathing, circulation
ac before meals
ACLS advanced cardiac life support
ADL, ADLs activities of daily living
ad lib as desired
AED automated external defibrillator
AF, A-fib atrial fibrillation
AICD automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AK above the knee
AKA above the knee amputation
AMA against medical advice
amb ambulatory
AMI acute myocardial infarction
ant anterior
AO X 4, A/O X 4 alert and oriented to person, place, time, and self
AP anteroposterior, front-to-back, action potential, angina pectoris, anterior pituitary, arterial pressure
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
ASA aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
ASHD arteriosclerotic, atherosclerotic heart disease
bid / b.i.d / BID twice daily
BKA below the knee amputation
BM bowel movement
BP, B/P blood pressure
BPM beats per minute
BS blood sugar, breath sounds, bowel sounds, bachelor of science (degree)
BSA body surface area
BVM bag-valve mask
bx biopsy
with
°C degrees celsius
CA cancer, cardiac arrest, chronologic age, coronary artery, cold agglutinin
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete bloodcell count
CC or C/C chief complaint
CCU coronary care unit
C diff Clostridium difficile
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
c/o complaining of
CO cardiac output, carbon monoxide
CO2 carbon dioxide
COLD chronic obstructive lung disease
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP chest pain, chemically pure, cerebral palsy
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CRNA certified registered nurse anesthetist
CRT capillary refill time, cathode ray tube
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOE dyspnea on exertion
DON director of nursing
DPT diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine, doctor of physical therapy
DSD dry sterile dressing
DtaP diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine
DTP diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine
DTs delirium tremens
DVT deep venous thrombosis
Dx diagnosis
ECG electrocardiogram
ED emergency department, erectile dysfunction
EDC estimated date of confinement
EEG electroencephalogram
EKG electrocardiogram
ENT ears, nose, and throat
EOC emergency operations center
ER emergency room
ET, ETT endotracheal tube, endotracheal
ETA estimated time of arrival
ETCO2 end-tidal carbon dioxide
ETOH ethyl alcohol
°F degrees fahrenheit
FIO2 fraction of inspired oxygen
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FHR fetal heart rate
FHx family history
fl or fld fluid
fx fracture
GB gallbladder
GCS Glasgow Coma Scale
GERD gastreoesophageal reflux disease (heartburn)
GI gastrointestinal
GSW gunshot wound
gtt drop(s)
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary
gyn gynecology
h hour
H&P history and physical
HA, H/A headache
Hb, Hgb hemoglobin
HBV hepatitis B virus
Hct hematocrit
HCV hepatitis C virus
HH hiatal hernia
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
H2O water
HPI history of present illness
HR heart rate
hr hour
HTN hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hx history
I&O intake and output
ICP intracranial pressure
ICS incident command system, intercostal space
ICU intensive care unit
IDDM insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
IM intramuscular
IMS incident management system
IO intraosseous
IPPB intermittent positive-pressure breathing
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
JVD jugular venous distention
kg kilogram
LE lower extremity, left eye, lupus erythematosus
LLL left lower lobe of the lung
LLQ left lower quadrant of the abdomen
L/M, LPM last menstrual period
LOC level of consciousness, loss of consciousness
LUL left upper lobe of the lung
LUQ left upper quadrant of the abdomen
LVAD left ventricular assist device
MAE moves all extremities
MAEW moves all extremities well
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction
MICU mobile intensive care unit, medical intensive care unit
min minute
mL milliliter
mm millimeter
mm Hg millimeters of mercury
MOI mechanism of injury
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVA motor vehicle accident
MVC motor vehicle crash
MVP mitral valve prolapse
NA, N/A not applicable
NAD no apparent distress, no appreciable disease
NC nasal cannula
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NIDDM non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NPA naso-pharyngeral airway
NPO nil per os (nothing by mouth)
NRB, NRBM non-rebreathing mask
NS normal saline
NSR normal sinus rhythm
NTG nitroglycerin
N/V nausea and vomiting
N/V/D nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OBS organic brain syndrome
OD overdose, right eye, optical density, outside diameter, doctor of optometry
OP outpatient
OPA oropharyngeal airway
OR operating room
OS left eye
OU both eyes
oz ounce
after
pc after meals
PCO2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
PE pulmonary embolism, physical examination
PEARL or PERL pupils equal and reactive to light
PEARLA pupils equal and reactive to light and acccomodation
PEARRL pupils equal and round, regular in size, react to light
ped or peds pediatric
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PERRL pupils equal, round, and reactive to light
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PMH past medical history
PND paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
po per os (by mouth)
PO post operative, post-op
PRN pro re nata (as needed)
psi pounds per square inch
PSVT paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
pt patient
PT physical therapy, prothrombin time
PTA prior to admission, plasma prothrombin antecedent
PTT partial prothrombin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction, polyvinyl chloride
PVD peripheral vascular disease
q every
RA rheumatoid arthritis, right atrium
RAD reactive airway disease, right axis deviation
RBC red blood cell
Rh Rhesus blood factor, rhodium
RLL right lower lobe of the lung
RLQ right lower quadrant of the abdomen
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion, rupture of membranes
RUL right upper lobe of the lung
RUQ right upper quadrant of the abdomen
Rx prescription
without
SaO2 oxygen saturation
SC subcutaneous
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SL sublingual
SOB shortness of breath
SpO2 saturation of peripheral oxygen
S/S, S&S signs and symptoms
stat immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
STEMI ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction
subcut subcutaneous
SVT supraventricular tachycardia
sym or Sx symptoms
T temperature
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
TBA to be admitted, to be announced
tech technician, technologist
TIA transient ischemic attack
tid/t.i.d./TID three times a day
Tx treatment
UA urinalysis
UE upper extremity
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VD venereal disease
VF/V fib ventricular fibrillation
VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
VS vital signs
VT/V tach ventricular tachycardia
W/ with
WBC white blood cell
WMD weapon of mass distruction
WNL within normal limits
W/O without
wt weight
except
yo; y/o year old
Created by: tacoma02