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Nursing Abbreviation

common abbreviations

a.c. before meals
ad lib as desired
b.i.d. twice per day
c with
cap capsule
DC discontinue
elix elixer
h hour
h.s. at bedtime
ID indentification; intradermal
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
OD right eye
od overdose
OS left eye
OU both eyes
p.c. after meals
PO by mouth
per by, through
prn as needed
q every
qd every day
q2h every 2 hours
q.i.d. 4 times a day
q.s. quantity sufficient
SC or SQ subcutaneous
stat immediately
supp suppository
susp suspension
tab tablet
t.i.d. three times a day
Tr or tinct tincture ( a little bit)
~ approximately
delta sign (triangle) change
> greater than
< less than
circle w/ cross under female
circle w/ arrow male
ABG arterial blood gases
ADH antidiuretic hormone
ADL activities of daily living
a/e/b as evidenced by
AHA American Heart Association
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare, Research, and Quality
AIDS Acquired Immununodeficiency Syndrome
amb ambulate
ANA American Nurses Association
APN advanced practice nurse
BMI body mass index
bm bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BSE breast self examination
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BUN blood urea nitrogen
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete blood count
CBE clinical breast examination
CDC center of disease control
CEUs continuing education units
CNM certified nurse midwife
CNS clinical nurse specialist
CO2 carbon dioxide
CRNA certified registered nurse anesthetist
CSF cerbrospinal fluid
CVA cerebral vascular accident
DHHS department of health and human services
DNR do no resuscitate
DNSc doctor of nursing science
DVT deep vein thrombosis
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
FiO2 fraction of inspired oxygen
gtt drops
GI gastrointestinal
HBV hepatitis B virus
hct hematocrit
HDL high density lipoprotein
HEPA high efficiency particulate air filter/mask
hgb hemoglobin
htn hypertension
I&O intake & output
JCAHO joint commission on accreditation of healthcare organizations
LDH low dose hepron
LDL low density lipoprotein
LLQ left lower quadrant (abdomen)
LOC level of conciousness
LPN licensed practical nurse
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVN licensed vocational nurse
CNS central nervous system
Created by: jean030