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EMT Abbreviations

Abbreviates for EMT and Paramedic medical and report shorthand abbreviations

QuestionAnswer
AAO X 3 Alert and oriented to person, place and time
AAO X 4 Alert and oriented to person, place, time and event
AB Abortion
ABC Airway, Breathing, Circulation
Abd Abdomen/abdominal
ABG Arterial Blood Gas
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
AED Automatic External Defibrillator
A fib
AHA American Heart Association
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
ALS Advanced Life Support
AMI Acute myocardial infarction
ant Anterior
ARDS Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
ASA Aspirin
BCLS Basic Cardiac Life Support
BLS Basic Life Support
BM Bowel Movement
BP Blood Pressure
bpm Beats Per Minute
BS Bowel Sounds/Breath Sounds/Blood Sugar
BSA Body Surface Area
BVM Bag Valve Mask
CC Chief complaint
c/o complains of
C1...C7 cervical nerve 1 through 7; cervical vertebrae 1 through 7
Ca Calcium
CA, Ca, ca Cancer, carcinoma
caps Capsules
CAT computer axial tomography
cc Cubic centimeter
CHF Congestive heart failure
Cl chloride
cm Centimeter
CNS Central nervous system
CO carbon monoxide
CO2 Carbon dioxide
cont continued
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP Chest Pain
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
C Section
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CVA Cerebrovascular accident (Stroke)
CXR chest xray
D/C discontinue
D5W Dextrose 5% in water
DKA diabetic ketoacidosis
DM Diabetes mellitus
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DP Dorsalis pedis
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
drsg dressing
DTs delirium tremens
DVT deep vein thrombosis
DX, Dx, dx Diagnosis
ECG (EKG) electrocardiogram
ECHO echocardiogram
ED Emergency Department
EDC estimated date of confinement
EEG Electroencephalogram
ENT Ear, nose, and throat
Epi Epinephrine
ET endotracheal
ETA estimated time of arrival
ETOH alcohol
FB foreign body
FBAO foreign boy airway obstruction
Fx fracture
g, gm Gram
GI Gastrointestinal
gr Grain
GSW Gunshot wound
gt, gtt Drop, drops
Gyn gynecology
h20 water
h202 hydrogen peroxide
HAZ MAT Hazardous materials
HCI Hydrochloric acid, hydrochloride
HCO3 Bicarbonate
HCT Hematocrit
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HR Heart rate
Hr Hour
HTN hypertension
Hx History
IC Incident Command
ID Identification
IDDM Insulin
IM intramuscular
inf Inferior
IO intraosseous
irreg irregular
IUD Intrauterine device
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous push
JVD jugular vein distention
K+ potassium
kg kilogram
KO Keep open
L Left
L1...L5 lumbar nerve 1 through 5; lumbar vertebrae 1 through 5
lat lateral
lb pound
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LOC loss of consciousness/level of consciousness
LR Lactated Ringers Solution
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ Left upper quadrant
MAST military anti
mcg microgram
MCI Mass casualty Incident
MD Medical doctor, muscular dystrophy
MDI metered dose inhaler
meds medications
Mg Magnesium
mg Milligram
MI Myocardial infarction (Heart Attack)
min minute
ml/mL milliliter
mmHg millimeters of mercury
MMR measles, mumps, and rubella
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MS Multiple sclerosis, morphine sulfate
MVA Motor vehicle accident
MVC Motor vehicle crash
N/V nausea / vomiting
NA not applicable
Na Sodium
NaCl Sodium chloride
NC nasal cannula
NG nasogastric
NGT Nasogastric tube
NH nursing home
NKA no known allergies
NKDA No known drug allergies
NPO Nothing by mouth
NRB non rebreather mask
NS normal saline
NSR normal sinus rhythm
NTG nitroglycerin
O/P outpatient
O2 oxygen
O2Sat oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter
OB obstetrics
Ob GYN
OD Overdose
OR operating room
OTC Over the counter (a drug that can be obtained without a prescription)
oz Ounce
P pulse
P, W & D Pink, Warm and Dry
PO By mouth
prn. As needed, whenever necessary
PCN Penicillin
PD Police Department
PE pulmonary embolism
PEA pulseless electrical activity
PEARL Pupils equal and reactive to light
peds Pediatrics
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease
PMH past medical history
POV Privately owned vehicle
PPD Purified protein derivative (of tuberculin)
ppm Parts per million
Pt patient
PVC Premature ventricular contraction
q Every
q2h Every 2 hours
q4h Every 4 hours
qd Every day
qh Every hour
qid Four times a day
qid four times daily (quater in die)
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ Right lower quadrant
BID 2x/day
RML right middle lobe
RN Registered nurse
RNA Ribonucleic acid
ROM Range of motion (of joint)
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx Prescription
S/S signs and symptoms
SIDS Sudden infant death syndrome
SL sublingual
SOB short of breath
subq Subcutaneous
SVT supraventricular tachycardia
sx Symptom
SYNCOPAL Fainting spell
TB Tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
TIA transient ischemic attach (Stroke)
tid three times a day
TKO to keep open
TMJ Temporo mandibular joint
TPR Temperature, pulse, respirations
tsp Teaspoon
Tx treatment
URI Upper respiratory infection
UTI Urinary tract infection
UTL unable to locate
V fib
VS Vital signs
VT/V tach
WBC White blood cell
wt weight
Y/O year old
Created by: elizabethrichard