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Nursing Abbrevs

Nursing Abbreviations

cap(s) capsules
cm centimeter
dr dram
g gram
gal gallon
gm gram
gr grain
gtt drops
kg kilogram
L liter
mL milliliter
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mm millimeter
oz ounce
pt pint
qt quart
tbs; T tablespoon
tsp; t teaspoon
a - before
a.c before meals
ad lib as desired
ASAP as soon as possible
b.i.d twice a day
t.i.d three times a day
q.i.d four times a day
h.s bedtime (hour of sleep)
p - after
p.c after meals
p.r.n as needed ; when necessary
q.h every hour
q2h every 2 hours
stat. immediately
d/c discontinue
dil. dilute
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
KVO keep vein open
NPO nothing by mouth
per by
p.o ; per os by mouth
R rectally
SC, s.c , s.q , sub q, sub cut subcutaneously
sig label or write
SL, subl sublingual
supp. suppository
tab tablet
tinct, tr tincture
T.K.O to keep open
A.D right ear
A.L or A.S left ear
A.U both ears
O.D right eye
O.S left eye
O.U both eyes
comp compound
conc concentrate
dist. distilled
Dx diagnosis
elix elixir
H hypodermic
NSS normal saline solution
OTC over the counter
Rx prescription
r/o rule out
s - without (sans)
soln, sol solution
ABG arterial blood gas
ADA american diabetic association
ADL activities of daily living
AD Alzheimer's disease
a.m.a against medical advice
amb ambulate
amp ampule
ASA aspirin
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar or bowel sounds
bx biopsy
c - with
et and
c/o complains of
cal calorie
CA, Ca cancer, carcinoma
Ca++ calcium
CAD coronary artery disease
CAT computerized axial tomography
sob shortness of breath
cath catheter, catheterize
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
CC chief complaint
C + DB cough and deep breath
CDE certified diabetic educator
CDC centers for disease control
CHF (congestive) / chronic heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
cl liq clear liquids
CNS central nervous system OR clinical nurse specialist
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
C & S culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computerized tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CXR chest x-ray
DM diabetes mellitus
diff differential blood count
difficile species of bacterium C. diff
Dx diagnosis
DNR do not resuscitate
dz disease
ECG (EKG) electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
F & E fluid and electrolytes
lytes electrolytes
fl fluid
FEV forced expiratory volume
FUO fever of unknown origin
FS fingerstick (blood sugar test)
Fx fracture
G-tube gastrostomy tube
GERD gastro-esophageal reflux disease
H/A headache
HL heparin lock
SL saline lock
H & P history and physical
HR heart rate
hx history
h/o history of
HPI history of present illness (current complaint)
I & D incise and drain
PMH past medical history
I & O intake and output
IVP IV push or IV pyelogram
IVPB intravenous piggyback
IU international units
J-tube jejunostomy tube
k prefix: kilo
K+ potassium
MI myocardial infarction (heart attack)
N/C nasal cannula
NG nasogastric
NP nasal prongs or Nurse Practitioner
N & V nausea and vomiting
NS normal saline
oint ointment
OOB out of bed
OT occupational therapy
PCA patient controlled analgesia
PR per rectum
pt patient
PT physical therapy / Prothrombin Time (clotting blood test)
PTT partial thromboplastin time
q every
qd every day
q.o.d every other day
® or rt Right
reg regular (regular diet)
ROM range of motion
RR respiratory rate
Tx treatment
s/s or s&s signs and symptoms
ss -- half
SS sliding scale (insulin orders)
SNF skilled nursing facility
SSE soap solution enema
SCD subsequential compression device
susp suspension
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
TCDB turn, cough, deep breath
TEDS elastic stocking
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
UGIB upper gastrointestinal bleeding
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VS vital signs (including BP, HR, T, RR)
WNL within normal limits
IS incentive spirometry
IDDM insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
no, none
. | one (tablet, ml, etc.)
CBR complete bed rest
up ad lib up as desired
abd abdomen
C Celsius
CTA clear to auscultation
F Fahrenheit
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
Imp impressions
lt or L (circle) left
MAE moves all extremities
NAD no apparent distress
NKA no known allergies
neg negative
P pulse
PE physical examination
R respirations
ROS review of systems
Sx symptoms
(+) positive
(-) negative
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
HTN ( incr. BP) hypertension
PE pulmonary emboli
PVD peripheral vascular disease
STD sexually transmitted disease
BE barium enema
CO2 carbon dioxide
RBC red blood cells
UA urinalysis
UGI upper GI
WBC white blood cells
x - except
BM bowel movement
BSD bedside drainage
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
disc discontinue
Dsg dressing
FOB foot of bed
GHWT good handwashing technique
HOB head of bed
O2 oxygen
postop postoperative
preop preoperative
prep preparation
TF tube feeding
WA while awake
x times
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