Nursing abbreviations and symbols

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aa

of each

abd

abdomen

ac

before meals

ADL

activities of daily living

ad lib

as desired

adm

admitted, admission, administrator

AKA

above the knee amputation

AM

morning

AMA

against medical orders

amb

ambulatory, ambulated

amp

ampule

amt

amount

A-P

anterior-posterior diameter

AP

apical pulse

approx

approximately

ASAP

as soon as possible

ax, A

axillary (armpit)

BE

barium enema

bid

twice daily

BM

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

BR

bed rest

BRP

bathroom privileges

BS

breath sounds; blood sugar; bed side; bowel sounds

C

centigrade

Ca

calcium

CA, ca

cancer, carcinoma

CAT or CT

computerized axial tomography

cath

catherer

CBC

complete blood count

CBS

chronic brain syndrome

cc

cubic centimeter

CCU

coronary care unit

CHO

carbohydrate

CNS

central nervous system

c/o

complains of

conc

concentrated

cont

continous

C & S

culture and sensitivity

CSF

cerebrospinal fluid

CSR

central supply room

Cysto

cystoscopy examination

D5W

dextrose 5% in water

D5NS

dextrose 5% in normal saline

D51/2NS

dextrose 5% in 0.45 normal saline

D5RL

dextrose 5% in Ringer's lactate

DAT

diet as tolerated

dc'd, DC, disc

discontinued

dig

digoxin

DOA

dead on arrival

drsg

dressing

Dx

diagnosis

ECG,EKG

electrocardiogram

ED

emergency department

Fx

fracture

GB

gallbladder

F

fahrenheit

GI

gastrointestinal

GP

general practitioner

GU

genitourinary

GYN

gynecology

h, hr

hour

hct

hematocrit

Hg

mercury

Hgb, hgb

hemoglobin

Hx

history

IM

intramuscular

inc

incontinent, increase

I & O

intake and output

I & O cath

In and out catherization

invol

involuntary

irreg

irregular

irrig

irrigation

IV

intravenous

IVF

intravenous fluids

K

potassium

kg

kilogram

l, L

liter

L, lt

left

lap

laparotomy

LLE

left lower extremity

LOC

level of consciousness

LP

lumbar puncture

LVN

licensed vocational nurse

LUE

left upper extremity

mcg

microgram

med

medication, medium

mEq

milliequivalent

mEq/L

milliequivalent per liter

mg

milligram

mid

middle

min

minute

mL, ml

milliliter

mm

millimeter

mod

moderate

MRx1

may repeat times one

N

nitrogen, normal

N/A

not available/applicable

NA

nurses assistant

NG

nasogastric

NO

nurses order

noc

at night (nocturnal)

NP

nurse practitioner

NPO

nothing by mouth

NS, N/S

normal saline

nsq

not sufficient quantity

N & V

nausea and vomiting

NWB

non weight bearing

OOB

out of bed

OR

operating room

ord

ordered

Ortho

orthopedics

OT

occupational therapy

PR

per or via rectum

Path

pathology

pc

after meals

PE

physical exam

Ped(s)

pediatrics

per

by or through

peri

perineal, perineum

pH

hydrogen ion concentration

PM

afternoon

PO

phone order

po

by mouth (per os)

post op

post operative(ly)

pre med

pre medication

pre op

pre operative(ly)

prep

preparation

prn

when necessary

prob

problem

psych

psychiatry; psychology psychiatric

pt, Pt

patient

PT

physical therapist

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