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Medical Term Abbreviations

ABG Arterial Blood Gas
ac before eating
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ADL Activities of daily living
AED Automated External Defibrillator
bid twice a day
Bl Wk Blood Work
BMI Body Mass Index
BP Blood Pressure
BR Bed Rest
BRP Bathroom Privileges
Bun Blood urea nitrogen
C/O Complains Of
Cap Capsule
CBC Complete Blood Count
c with a line on top with
cc cubic centimeter
ccu Critical care unit
CDC Centers for Disease Control
Cl Chloride / Chlorine
Cl Liq Clear Liquid
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CRT Certified Respiratory Therapist
CT Computerized Tomography
CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident
D/C Discontinue / Discharge
DRG Diagnosis Related Group
Dx: Diagnosis
ECG Electrocardiogram
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
FBS Fast Blood Sugar
FFL Force Fluids
gtts drops
H2O Water
h hour
Hg Mercury
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act
HS Hour of Sleep
HT Height
IM Intramuscular
IV Intravenous
KCL Potassium Chloride
LMP Last Menstrual Period
LTC Lont-Term Care
MG Milligrams
ML Milliliters
MM Millimeters
N/S Normal Saline
Na Sodium
NaCl Sodium Chloride
NPO Nothing by mouth
OPD Outpatient Department / Clinic
OR Operating Room
OU Each Eye
prn as required, needed
RN Registered Nurse
Rx Prescripted drug, medicine
pt patient
PT Physical Therapy
R Respiration
qid four times a day
q4h every 4 hours
qod every other day
qt quart
pre-op before operation
q2h every 2 hours
q6h every 6 hours
q12h every 12 hours
po by mouth
Roms Range of motion
IPPB Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
stat immediately
wt weight
T Temperature
spec Specimen
ss with a line over it half
s with a line over it without
vp venipuncture, venous pressure
TPR Temperature Pulse Respiration
tsp teaspoon
SSE Soap Solution enema
tab tablet
VS Vital signs
w/c wheelchair
tid three times a day
Sig: the following diresctions are given:
AM In the morning
AP Apical Pulse
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