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NU Abbreviations

Nursing Common Abbreviations

QuestionAnswer
ad lib freely as desired
ADL activities of daily living
Ag (2) silver, antigen
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
a.m.a. against medical advice
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
BE barium enema
bid two times a day
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BRP bathroom privileges
BUN blood urea nitrogen
c with
c/o complains of
Ca (3) calcium, cancer, carcinoma
CAD coronary artery disease
CAT computed axial tomography
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVA (2) cerebrovascular accident, costovertebral angle
dc discontinue
DNR do not resuscitate
LP lumbar puncture
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
m, min minute
MCV (2) mean cell volume, mean corpuscular volume
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS multiple sclerosis
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
OD (3) right eye, optical density, overdose
OL left eye
OOB out of bed
ORIF open reduction and internal fixation
OS left eye
OT occupational therapy
PaCO2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide (arterial blood)
PaO2 partial pressure of oxygen (arterial blood)
pc after meal
PE (2) pulmonary embolism, physical exam
PEEP positive and expiratory pressure
PEG pneumoencephalography
per through
PERRLA pupils equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation
PET positive emission tomography
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PO2 partial pressure of O2
PO orally
PPD purified protein derivative
ppm parts per million
p.r.n. as needed
PTT partial thromboplastin time
q every
ECF extracellular fluid
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end stage renal disease
Fe iron
FuO fever of unknown origin
Fx (2) fracture, fractional urine test
GI gastrointestinal
gr grain
GTT glucose intolerance test
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecological
H history and physical exam
Hb hemoglobin
hct hematocrit
Hg mercury
Hgb hemoglobin
hs at bedtime
I intake and output
IM intramuscular
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
K potassium
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
KVO keep vein open
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
DJD degenerative joint disease
Dx diagnosis
qd everyday
qh every hour
qid four times a day
qn every night
qod every other day
qns quality not sufficient
R/O rule out
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
RML right middle lobe
ROM range of motion
ROS review of systems
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx (2) take, treatment
s without
SB sternal border
SC subcutaneous
sp. gr., SG, s.g. specific gravity
ss half
STAT immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB, TBC tuberculosis
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron binding capacity
tid three times a day
TKO to keep open
TPN total parenteral nutrition
URI upper respiratory infection
VS vital signs
VSD ventricular septal defect
WBC (2) white blood cell, white blood count
WNL within normal limits
ad lib freely as desired
ADL activities of daily living
Ag (2) silver, antigen
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
a.m.a. against medical advice
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
BE barium enema
bid two times a day
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BRP bathroom privileges
BUN blood urea nitrogen
c with
c/o complains of
Ca (3) calcium, cancer, carcinoma
CAD coronary artery disease
CAT computed axial tomography
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bed rest
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVA (2) cerebrovascular accident, costovertebral angle
dc discontinue
DNR do not resuscitate
LP lumbar puncture
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
m, min minute
MCV (2) mean cell volume, mean corpuscular volume
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS multiple sclerosis
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
OD (3) right eye, optical density, overdose
OL left eye
OOB out of bed
ORIF open reduction and internal fixation
OS left eye
OT occupational therapy
PaCO2 partial pressure of carbon dioxide (arterial blood)
PaO2 partial pressure of oxygen (arterial blood)
pc after meal
PE (2) pulmonary embolism, physical exam
PEEP positive and expiratory pressure
PEG pneumoencephalography
per through
PERRLA pupils equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation
PET positive emission tomography
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PO2 partial pressure of O2
PO orally
PPD purified protein derivative
ppm parts per million
p.r.n. as needed
PTT partial thromboplastin time
q every
ECF extracellular fluid
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end stage renal disease
Fe iron
FuO fever of unknown origin
Fx (2) fracture, fractional urine test
GI gastrointestinal
gr grain
GTT glucose intolerance test
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecological
H history and physical exam
Hb hemoglobin
hct hematocrit
Hg mercury
Hgb hemoglobin
hs at bedtime
I intake and output
IM intramuscular
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
K potassium
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
KVO keep vein open
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
DJD degenerative joint disease
Dx diagnosis
qd everyday
qh every hour
qid four times a day
qn every night
qod every other day
qns quality not sufficient
R/O rule out
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
RML right middle lobe
ROM range of motion
ROS review of systems
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx (2) take, treatment
s without
SB sternal border
SC subcutaneous
sp. gr., SG, s.g. specific gravity
ss half
STAT immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB, TBC tuberculosis
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron binding capacity
tid three times a day
TKO to keep open
TPN total parenteral nutrition
URI upper respiratory infection
VS vital signs
VSD ventricular septal defect
WBC (2) white blood cell, white blood count
WNL within normal limits
CO cardiac output
MI myocardial infarction
sl sublingual
TO telephone order
Created by: allyson256