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medical abbreviation

terms and abbreviations

pt patient
PT physical therapy
PM afternoon
prep preparation
q every
Q quadrant
q2h every 2 hours
qh every hour
QID 4 times daily
q4h every 4 hours
q6h every 6 hours
qam every morning
R respirations
r or rt right
RX prescription
RBC red blood count, or red blood cell
SOB shortness of breath
s (with a line over it) without
ss one half
sec second
sol solution
SSE soap suds enema
STAT immediately
sc, subq, or subcut subcutaneous
sp gr specific gravity
SS soap suds
STD sexually transmitted disease
surg surgery
tab tablet
TID three times daily
tbsp tablespoon
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
tsp teaspoon
UA urinalysis
u unit
ung ointment
USP United States Pharmacopia
vs vital signs
via by way of
wt weight
w/c or wc wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
WBC white blood count
C centigrade
BUN blood urea nitrogen
BMR basal metabolic rate
aa of each
amp ampule
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
ac before meals
PP post partum
pc after meals
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
CCU cardiac care unit
NPN nonprotein nitrogen
hs bedtime (hours of sleep)
GB gall bladder
LP lumbar puncture
MN midnight
PDR physician's desk reference
ad lib as desired
et and
FHT fetal heart tones
amb ambulatory
AMA against medical advise
BRP bathroom privileges
ED emergency department
CBC complete blood count
CNS central nervous system
CVA cerebrovascular accident; stroke
peds pediatrics
prn x 1 once only if necessary
prn only if necessary (as needed)
P pulse
p (with a line over it) after
preop before surgery (operation)
postop after surgery
po by mouth
O2 oxygen
OT occupational therapy
OB obstetrics
OR operating room
OOB out of bed
OU both eyes
OS left eyes
OD right eye
NS or NaCl normal saline
NPO nothing by mouth
NKA no known allergies
ml mililiter
mg or mgm miligram
min minute
LOA leave of absence
liq liquid
lb pound
lab laboratory
L liter
l or lt left
kl kiloliter
kg kilogram
I & O intake and output
IVP introvenous pylogram
IV intravenous
IM intramuscular
in inch
ICU intensive care unit
h hour
H2O water
hgt height
hgb hemoglobin
H & P history & physical
gr grain
Gm gram
gtt drop
Gt gastrointestinal
EHOB OR ^HOB elevate head of bed
ER emergency room
EKG or ECG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
Dx diagnosis
DC or discont discontinue
disch discharge
DOA dead on arrival
cc cubic centimeter
CBR complete bedrest
cap capsule
c/o complained of
cont continuous
cal calorie
c (with a line over it) with
c cup
BR bedrest
bpm beats per minute
BP, P, R blood pressure, pulse, respirations
BP or B/P blood pressure
bm bowel movement
BID twice daily
amt amount
approx approximately
@ at
adm admitted
AM morning
abd abdominal
per by or through
qs quantity sufficient
SOS once only if necessary
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