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No / none

Primary

Secondary

without

before

abd

abdomen

ABG

Arterial Blood Gases

ac

before meal

ad lib

as desired

ADL

activities of daily living

adm

admission

AEB

as evidenced by

AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AKA

above knee amputation

AM

morning

AMA

against medical advice

amb

ambulation

amp

ampule

amt

amount

A&O

Alert & Oriented

APTT

activated partial thromboplastin time

ASA

asprin

ASAP

as soon as possible

ATC

around the clock

ax

axillary

BBS

bilateral breath sounds

BG

blood glucose

BKA

below knee amputation

BM

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

BR

bed rest

BRP

bathroom privilege

BS

bed side

BUN

Blood Urea Nitrogen

c

centigrade

C&S

culture & sensitivity

c/o

complaint of

Ca++

Calcium

CAD

coronary artery disease

Cal

calories

CBC

complete blood count

CC

chief complaint

CHF

congestive heart failure

cm

centimeter

CNS

central nervous system

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CSF

cerebral spinal fluid

CTA

clear to auscultation

CVA

cerebral vascular accident

CXR

chest x-ray

d/c

discontinue

diff

differential

DKA

diabetic ketoacidosis

DM

diabetes mellitus

DOA

dead on arrival

DOB

date of birth

DOE

dyspnea on exertion

DTR

deep tendon reflexes

DVT

deep vein thrombosis

Dx

diagnosis

ECF

extended care facility

ECG or EKG

electrocardiogram

ER

emergency room

ETOH

ethyl alcohol

eval

evaluation

ext

external

FBS

fasting blood sugar

freq

frequency

F/U

follow up

fx

fracture

GI

gastrointestinal

GSW

gun shot wound

gtts

drops

GU

genitourinary

GYN

gynecology

H/H

hematocrit & Hemoglobin

h/o

history of

H2O2

hydrogen peroxide

HA

headache

Hgb

hemoglobin

HOB

head of bed

HOH

hard of hearing

H&P

history & physical

HR

heart rate

HS

bedtime / hour of sleep

HTN

hypertension

Hx

history

ICU

intensive care unit

I&D

incision & drainage

IM

intramuscular

inj

injection / injectable

I&O

intake & output

IV

intravenous

IVDA

intravenous drug abuse

K+

potassium

KCl

potassium chloride

Kg

kilogram

LDL

low density lipoprotein cholesterol

LE

lower extremity

LL

lower leg

LOC

loss/level of conciousness

LOS

length of stay

LP

lumbar puncture

LS

lung sounds

-

negative

=

equal to

+

positive

max

maximum / maximal

mcg

microgram

med

medium

mEq

milliequivalent

mg

milligram

mid

middle

min

minimal / miniature

ml

milliliter

mm

millimeter

mod

moderate

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

MVI

multi-vitamin injection

N/A

non-applicable

Na+

sodium

NaCl

sodium chloride

NAD

no apparent distress

NAS

no added salt

NC

nasal cannula

neg

negative

NG

nasogastric

NGT

nasogastric tube

NICU

neonatal intensive care unit

NIDDM

non-insulin dependent diabetes

NPO

nothing by mouth

NS

normal saline

NSG

nursing

N&V

nausea & vomiting

NWB

non-weight bearing

OB

occult blood

OD

overdose

onc

oncology

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