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Alvernia ABBs

(Alvernia)Common ABB in Nursing & Allied Health

AC, a.c. before meals
c (line above) with
cm centimeter
D5W dextrose 5% solution
F Fahrenheit
Hb, Hgb hemoglobin
ICU intensive care unit
M, m meter
OOB out of bed
p (line above) after
s (line above) without
TEDs antiembolic device stockings
U/A urinalysis
VS vital signs
WBC white blood count
a (line above it) before
ABG arterial blood gasses
ADL activities of daily living
AKA above the knee amputation
bid twice a day (note:2X daily or written out is preferred)
BKA below the knee amputation
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
BUN blood urea nitrogen (lab value)
C Celsius
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete Blood count
CHF congestive heart failure
cc cubic centimeters (nurse should now use ml due to errors)
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
C+S or C & S culture and sensitivity
CS chemstick
CVA cerebral vascular accident
CXR chest X-ray
DNR do not resuscitate
DOE dyspnea on exertion
DRG diagnostic related group
DVT deep vein thrombosis
DX, Dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ECU emergency care unit
ER emergency room
FBS fasting blood sugar
F/U follow-up
Fx, fx fracture
GTT glucose tolerance test ( do not confuse with gtt, meaning a drop, drops)
HBV Hepatitis B virus
Hct hematocrit
H+H, H & H hemoglobin and hematocrit
H & P history and physical
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
I & O intake and output
JP, J-P Jackson-Pratt drain
LA long-acting
lb pound
LLQ left lower quadrant
LUQ left upper quadrant
LOC level of consciousness
MDI metered dose inhaler
MI myocardial infarction
min. minute
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MVA motor vehicle accident
NC nasal cannula (method of O2 admin)
NG nasogastric
NKDA no known drug allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
NSS or NS normal saline solution
OT occupational therapy
OTC over-the-counter
p (line above it) after
PC, p.c. after meals
PACU post-anesthesia care unit
PAT pre-admission testing
PCA patient controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCU progressive care unit
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
Pt. patient
PTA prior to admission
PVD peripheral vascular disease
RDA recommended daily allowance
r/o rule out
ROM range of motion
RLQ right lower quadrant
RUQ right upper quadrant
RX, Rx medication, prescribed
Tx prescribed treatment
SOB shortness of breath
SR sustained release
STAT immediately
Tid, t.i.d. three times daily (note: 3X daily or written out is preferred)
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
WC or w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
AS left ear (Not to use)
AU both ears (not to use)
hs bedtime (not to use)
IU international unit (not to use)
OD right eye (not to use)
OU both eyes (not to use)
Per os orally or by mouth or PO (not to use)
Qd or QD once daily or daily (not to use)
qod every other day (not to use)
sc subcutaneously or SubQ or Sub-Q or SQ (not to use)
ss sliding scale (not to use)
AD right ear (not to use)
inj injection (not to use)
HS half-strength (not to use)
od daily or once daily (not to use)
OS left eye (not to use)
OJ orange juice (not to use)
qhs at bedtime (not to use)
u unit (not to use)
Who says not to use certain abbreviations? JCAHO
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
recommendation from JCAHO always write out the word/s
VSS vital signs stable (Alvernia recommends not using this)
IVP IV push or bolus Intravenous pyelogram (use with caution)
PE Pulmonary Embolus, Physical Exam, Pulmonary Edema (use with caution)
BPM beats per minute, breaths per minute (use with caution)
RT related to, Right, Respiratory therapy (use with caution)
DC, d/c discharge, Discontinue (use with caution)
BS Bowel sounds, Breath sounds Blood sugar (use with caution)
Trailing zeros................ never write a zero by itself after a decimal point
Leading zeros.............. Always use a zero before a decimal point
2mg or 2.0mg 2mg
0.2mg or .2mg 0.2mg
When in doubt........... write it out
Created by: jennamarie