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SECC RC terminology

Acronyms for respiratory care

ABG arterial blood gas
a.c. before meals
AFB acid fast bacillus
AIDS aquired immunodeficiency syndrome
Ant. anterior
AP anterior posterior
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
ARF acute respiratory failure
ASHD Arteriosclerotic heart disease
A-V atriovenous, atrioventricular
BE Base excess
BID twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure, bronchopleural
bpm beats per minute
BSA body surface area
BUN blood urea nitrogen
c with
CA cancer
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete blood count
CC cheif complaint
CHF congestive heart failure
CNS central nervous system
CO cardiac output
COPD cronic obstructive pulmondary disease
CPR cardio pulmonary resuscitation
CPT chest physical therapy
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computerized tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CXR chest x-ray
D5W 5% dextrose in water
DC discontinue
diff white cell differential
Dx diagnosis
ECG electrocardiogram
ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
ED emergency department
EEG electroencephalogram
ET endotracheal tube
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fx fracture
GI gastro intestinal
grav I Pregnancy one
GSW gunshot wound
Hgb hemoglobin
h.s. at bedtime
Hx history
ICP intracranial pressure
General Abbreviations: P Pressure
General Abbreviations: V volume
General Abbreviations: f frequency of breathing
General Abbreviations: t time
Gas Phase Symbols: V Gas volume
Gas Phase Symbols: F Fractional concentration
Gas Phase Symbols: A Alveolar
Gas Phase Symbols: B barometric
Gas Phase Symbols: E Expired
Gas Phase Symbols: DS dead space
Gas Phase Symbols: L lung
Gas Phase Symbols: I Inspired
Gas Phase Symbols: T tidal
Blood Phase Symbols: Q volume of blood
Blood Phase Symbols: C concentration in blood phase
Blood Phase Symbols: S saturation in blood phase
Blood Phase Symbols: a arterial
Blood Phase Symbols: c capillary
Blood Phase Symbols: p pulmonary
Blood Phase Symbols: v venous
Blood Phase Symbols: s shunt
Mechanics of breathing symbols: C compliance
Mechanics of breathing symbols: G conductance
Mechanics of breathing symbols: R resistance
Mechanics of breathing symbols: W work
Mechanics of breathing modify: A alveolar
Mechanics of breathing modify: ab abdomen
Mechanics of breathing modify: am ambient
Mechanics of breathing modify: ao airway opening
Mechanics of breathing modify: aw airway
Mechanics of breathing modify: B barometric
Mechanics of breathing modify: as (bs) body surface
Mechanics of breathing modify: di diaphragm
Mechanics of breathing modify: dyn dynamic
Mechanics of breathing modify: E expiratory
Mechanics of breathing modify: El (el) elastic
Mechanics of breathing modify: es esophageal
Mechanics of breathing modify: L transpulmonary
Mechanics of breathing modify: m mouth
Mechanics of breathing modify: max maximum
Mechanics of breathing modify: pl pleural
Mechanics of breathing modify: rs respiratory system
Mechanics of breathing modify: st static
Mechanics of breathing modify: tm transmural
Mechanics of breathing modify: W chest wall
Program abbreviations: SRT Student respiratory therapist
Program abbreviations: CRT certified respiratory therapist
Program abbreviations: RRT registered respiratory therapist
Program abbreviations: RRT-NPS registered respiratory therapist neo natal specialist
Program abbreviations: CPFT certified pulmonary function technologist
Program abbreviations: RPFT registered pulmonary function technologist
Program abbreviations: NBRC national board of respiratory care
Program abbreviations: AARC american association of respiratory care
Program abbreviations: CoARC commission on accredation for respiratory care
Program abbreviations: SACS Southern association of colleges and schools
Program abbreviations: KCTCS Kentucky community and technical college system
Program abbreviations: RPSGT
Program abbreviations: KSRC
Prefixes: Hypo deficient
Prefixes: Hyper above
Prefixes: Tachy fast
Prefixes: a lack of
Prefixes: Endo within
Prefixes: Vaso vessel
Prefixes: Broncho Bronchi
Prefixes: Pneumo pertaining to the Lungs
Prefixes: Cyan dark blue
Prefixes: Pulmo related to the lungs
Prefixes: Thora pertaining to the upper chest
Prefixes: Rhino pertaining to the nose
Prefixes: Hemo blood
Prefixes: naso Nose
Prefixes: Pyo pus
Prefixes: Myo relating to the muscle
Prefixes: Epi on, upon
Prefixes: Histo Tissue
Prefixes: Trache trachea
Prefixes: Spiro Breath
Prefixes: An not, without
Prefixes: Thyro thyroid
Prefixes: Supra Above, excessive
suffixes: centesis surgical procedure for aspiration
suffixes: ectomy surgical operation to remove a bodily part, excision
suffixes: itis inflammation
suffixes: osis condition, disease
suffixes: otomy incision
suffixes: scope instrument
suffixes: pnea breathing
suffixes: meter neasurement
suffixes: plasty reconstruction, surgical repair
suffixes: us pertaining to
suffixes: extasis dialation, expansion
Mechanics of breathing modify: rc rib cage
Created by: murphyismyname