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abrevation of medical terms

QuestionAnswer
ABCD Airway,Breathing,Circulation,Defibrillation
abd abdomen
ABR absolute bedrest
ac,a.c before meals
AD Alzheimer's disease
ad lib as desired
ADLs activities of daily living
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AMA against medical advice, American Medical Association
amb ambulate ,ambulatory
as tol as tolerated
ax. axillary(armpit)
BID,b.i.d two times a day
BM bowel movement
BP, B/P blood pressure
BPM beats per minute
BR bedrest
BRP bathroom privileges
BSC bedside commode
C (wit line over) with
cath catheter
CBR complete bedrest
C. diff clostridium difficile
CHF congestive heart failure
ck(wit check) check
cl liq clear liquid
c/o complains of, in care if
CNA certified nursing assistant
COPD chronic obstructive plumonary disease
CPR cardioplumonary resuscitation
CS central supply
CVA cerebrovascular accident , stroke
CVP central venous pressure
CXR chest x-ray
DAT diet as tolerated
DNR do not resucitate
DON director of nursing
Dr Doctor
drsg dressing
Dx diagnosis
EMS emergency medical service
exam examination
FF Force fluids
ft Foot
F/U follow-up
geri chair geriatric chair
hr hour
H2O water
HBV hepatitis
HIPAA health insurance protability and accountability act
HIV Human immunodeficiency virus
HOB Head of bed
HS Hour of sleep
Ht height
HTN Hypertension
Hyper above normal, too fast, rapid
hypo low, less then normal
inc incontinent
I&O intake and output
IV intravenous(within a vein)
isol isolation
L left
lab laboratory
lb pound
lg large
LPN licensed practical nurse
LTC long-term care
LVN licensed vocational nurse
M.D medical doctor
MDS minimum data set
meds medication
MI myocardial infarction
min minute
mm HG millimeters of mercury
mL milliliters
mod moderate
MRSA methicillin-resistant staphyloccus aureus
MSDS material safety data sheet
NA nursing assistant
N/C no complaints, no call
NG nasograstic
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
NVD nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
OBRA omnibus budget reconciliation act
OOB out of bed
OSHA occupational safety and health administration
oz ounce
p(with a dash on top) after
pc after meals
per os by mouth
peri care perineal care
PHI protected health information
PO by mouth
PPE personal protection equipment
prn when necessary
q(with a dash on top) every
qhr every hour
qhs every night at bed time
q2h q3h q4h every 2 hour every 3 hour every 4 hour
qid four times a day
R right
R respiration
rehab rehabilitation
resp respiration
RF restrict fluids
R/O rule out
ROM respiratory rate
s(with das on top) without
SOB shortness of breath
SP standard precaution
spec specimen
ss one-half
S/S sings and symptoms
stat immediately
std standard precaution
temp temperature
TB tuberculosis
tid 3 times a day
TLC tender loving care
TPR temperature pulse and respiration
U/A urinalysis
UTI urinary track infection
VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
VS vital sings
W/C wheel chair
wt weight
% percent
& and
Created by: jasmany