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Marea's Med Abbrev.

Marea's Med Abbreviations

> greater than
< less than
increase or above
/ per or by
@ at
decrease or below
˚ degree or hour
Ab antibody
abd abdominal
ABG arterial blood gases
ABR absolute bed rest
ac before meals
ACL anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) Repair
ADA American Diabetic Association
ADL activity(ies) of daily living
ad lib as desired
AFB acid-fast bacillus
Ag antigen
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AKA above-the-knee amputation
am morning
AMA against medical advice
amb ambulate (to walk)
A & O alert & oriented
AP anteroposterior
appt appointment
APS adult protective services
ARC AIDS-related complex
AROM active range of motion
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
as tol as tolerated
ax axillary (lymph nodes)
BAER or AER brain stem auditory response
BE barium enema
bid twice a day
B/L bilateral
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC bedside commode
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
A apical
AA active assisted
AAROM active-assistive range of motion
/c with
*/a before
**/aa of each
CA cancer
ca or Ca+ calcium
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
cal calorie
cap capsule
cath catheterize
CBC complete blood celo count
CBI continuous bladder irrigation
CBR continuous bed rest
cc or cm3 cubic centimeter
ccu coronary care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control
C-drive hard drive stored inside the computer
CEO chief executive officer
CFO chief financial officer
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholestrol
CHUC certified health unit coordinator
CL clinical indications
cl clear
CMP comprehensive metabolic panel
CMS circulation, motion, sensation
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNA certified nursing assistant
c/o complained of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COA or C of A conditions of admissions
comp or cmpd compound
con't continue
COO chief operating officer
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
cp cold packs
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
CPM continuous passive motion
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPS child protective services
CPT chest physical therapy
CPU central processing unit
CPZ compazine
CQI continuous quality improvement
C & S culture & sensitivity
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CT computed tomography
Cx culture
cxr chest x-ray
cva cerebrovascular accident
cvc central venous catheter
cvicu cardiovascular intensive critical care unit
DAT diet as tolerateed
DAT direct intiglobulin test
D/C or DC discontinue, discharge
Diff differential
Dig digoxin
Disch discharge
D/LR dextrose in lactated Ringer's solution
DME durable medical equipment
DNR do not resuscitate
D/NS dextrose in normal saline
DO doctor of osteopathy
dr or 3 dram
DRG diagnosis in Ringer's lactate
DSS dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate(colace)
DSU day surgery unit
D/W dextrose in water
DW distilled water
D5w 5% dextrose in water
D10w 10% dextrose in water
Dx diagnosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
EC enteric coated
ECF extended cared facility
ECG or EKG electrocardiogram
echoEG echoencephalogram
ED emergency department
EEG electroencephalogram
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
elix elixir
EMG electromyogram
ENG electronystagmography
EPG electronic pain control
EPS electrophysiological study
ER emergency room
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ES electrical stimulation
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end-stage renal disease
ET endotracheal tube
ETS elevated toilet seat
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF force fluids
FFP fresh frozen plasma
fib fibrinogen
FS full strength or frozen section
5-FU 5-fluorouracil
F/U Follow up
FWB full weight bearing
FWW front wheel walker
Fx,fx fracture
G,gm,g gram
GB gall bladder
GI gastrointestinal
gluc glucose
gr grain
GTT glucose tolerance test
gtt(s) drop(s)
Gyn gynocology
h,hr,hrs hour/s
h or (H) hypodermic
HA heated aerosol
H/A headache
HBsAg hepatitis B surface antigen
HBOT hyperbaric o2 therapy
HBV hepatitis B virus
HCG human chorionic gonadotropin
hct hematocrit
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazicle
HCV hepatitis C virus
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
hgb hemoglobin
H&H hemoglobin & hematocrit
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HL or heplock heparin lock
HMO health maintenance organization
HNP herniated nucleus pulposus
HO house officer
h/o history of
H2O water
H2o2 hydrogen peroxide
HOB head of bed
H&P history & physical
HP hot packs
hs bedtime
HUC health unit coordinator/clerk
HUS health unit secretary
Hx history
ICD implantable cardioverter defibrillator
ICD International Classification of Diseases
ICU Intensive Care Unit
ID labels identification labels
IM intramuscular
I&O intake & output
IPG impedance plethysmography
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
irrig irrigate
IS incentive spirometry
ISOM isometric
IV intravenous
IVF intravenous fluids
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
IVU intravenous urogram
JCAHO Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
K or K+ potassium
KCI potassium chloricle
kg kilogram
KO keep open
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
L liter
lat lateral
lb,# pound(s)
L&D labor & delivery
LDL low-density lipoprotein
LE lower extremities
liq liquid
LLE left lower extremity
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
L/min liters per minute
LOC laxative of choiceleave on chartlevel of consciousnessloss of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LR lactated Ringer's solution
L&S liver & spleen
LS lumbosacral
Lt or (L) left
LTC long-term care
LUE left upper extremity
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
lytes or e-lytes electrolytes
MAR medication administration records
MD doctor of medicine
MDI metered close inhaler
Med medical
mEq milliequivalent
µg,mcg microgram
mg milligram
Mg or Mg+ magnesium
MgSO magnesium sulfate
MI myocardial infarction
MICU medical intensive care unit
min minute
mL milliliter
MN midnight
MOM milk of Magnesia
MR may repeat
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MSO4 or MS morphine sulfate
MSSU medical short-stay unit
Na or Na+ sodium
NAHUC National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
NAS No added salt
NCS nerve conduction studies
nec necessary
Neuro neurology
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NINP no information, no publication
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NKFA no known food allergies
NKMA no known medication allergies
noc night
non rep do not repeat
NP nasopharynx
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NSA no salt added
NTG nitroglycerin
N/V nausea & vomiting
NVS or neuro √s neurological vital signs or checks
NWB non-weight-bearing
o2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OBS observation
OCG oral cholecystogram
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
O&P ova & parasites
OPS outpatient surgery
OR operating room
ORE oil retention enema
ORIF open reduction, internal fixation
ortho orthopedics
OS left eye
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSMO osmolality
OT occupational therapy
OU both eyes
oz ounce
-p after
P pulse
PA posteroanterior
PACU postanesthesia care unit
PAP prostatic acid phosphatase
PAS pulsatile antiembolism stockings
PBZ pyribenzamine
PC personal computerpacked cells
pc after meals
PCA patient-controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCT patient care technician
PCXR portable chest x-ray
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDR Physicians Desk Reference
Peds pediatrics
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PEEP positive end-expiratory pressure
PEP positive expiratory pressure
PET positron emission tomography
PHI protected health information reference
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
pm evening,night
po by mouth or postoperative
POCT or PCT point-of-care testing performed on the nursing unit
PO day postoperative day
Post-op after surgery
PP postpartum
pp postprandial(after meals)
P&PD percussion & postural drainage
PPE personal protective equipment
PPO preferred provider organization
pr per rectum
Pre-op,pre-op before surgery
prn whenever necessary
PROM passive range of motion
PSA patient support associate,prostatic specific antigen
Psych psychiatry
PT physical therapyprothrombin time
Pt patient
PTA physical therapy assistant
PTHC or PTC percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTT or APTT partial thromboplastin time or activated partial thromboplastin time
PWB partial weight bearing
q every
qd daily
qh every hour or fill in hour
qid four times a day
qod every other day
R rectal
RA room air
RBC red blood cells
RBS random blood sugar
RD registered dietitian
RDW red cell distribution width
reg regular
RL Ringer's lactate
RLE right lower extremity
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
R&M routine & microscopic
RML right middle lobe
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
Rout routine
RPR rapid plasma reagin
RR recovery roomrespiratory rate
RSV respiratory syncytial virus
RT respiratory therapist
Rt routine
rt or (R) right
RUE right upper extremity
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx take(treatment,medication,etc)
-s without
*s*S semis (one-half)
SAD save a day
Sao2 or o2sats oxygent saturation
SBFT small-bowel follow-through
SBU small business unit
SC,sq. or sub-q subcutaneous
SDS same-day surgery
SEP somatosensory evoked potential
SHUC student health unit coordinator
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SL sublingual
SNAT suspected non-accidental trauma
SNF skilled nursing facility
so4 sulfate
SOB shortness of breath
sol'n solution
SOS if needed (one dose only)
SSE soap suds enema
SSU short-stay unit
st straight
stat immediately
STM soft tissue massage
subling,SL sublingual(under the tongue)
supp suppository
Surg surgery
SVN small volume nebulizer
syr syrup
T3,T4,T7 thyroid tests
T&A tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
tab tablet
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
TBD to be done
TBT template bleeding time
T&C or T&x-match type & crossmatch
TCDB turn, cough & deep breathe
TCT or TT thrombin clotting time or thrombin time
TDWB touchdown weight bearing
TED antiembolism stockings
temp temperature
TENS transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
THR or THA total hip replacement / total hip arthroplasty
TIA transient ischemic attic
tid three times a day
tinct or tr tincture
TKO to keep open
TKR or TKA total knee replacement/ total knee arthroplasty
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
TRA to run at
T&S type & screen
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
T/stat timed stat
TT tilt tube
TTWB toe-touch weight bearing
TUR transurethral resection
TWE tap water enema
Tx traction or treatment
U unit
UA or U/A urinalysis
UCR usual,customary & reasonable
UD unit dose
UGI upper gastrointestinal
ung unguent(ointment)
US ultrasound
USN ultrasonic nebulizer
VAD venous access device
VDRL Venereal Disease Research Laboritories
VDT video display terminal
VEP visual evoked potential
vib & perc vibration & percussion
VMA vanillylmandelic acid
VNS visiting nurse service
VS vital signs
WA or W/A while awake
WBAT weight bearing as tolerated
WBC white blood cell
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WP whirlpool
wt weight
www world wide web
x-match crossmatch
Zn zinc
Created by: Marea