o8o Medical & nursing abbreviations

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Collection of abbreviations encountered in case notes, classes & readings

ATSP

Asked to see patient

CABG

Coronary artery bypass graft

PAC

Pressure area care

AKA

Above knee amputation

SOB

Shortness of breath

SOBOE

Shortness of breath on exertion

SOOB

Sitting out of bed

EUC

Electrolytes, urea, creatinine

IVT

Intravenous therapy

NGT

Nasogastric tube

PEG

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

CVI

Chronic venous insufficiency

AGEs

Advanced glycation (glycoxidation) end products

MI

Myocardial infarction

TIA

Transient ischaemic attack

BMI

Body mass index

BMR

Basal metabolic rate

EER

Estimated energy requirement

RDI

Recommended daily intake

EAR

Estimated average requirement

AMDR

Average macronutrient distribution range

AI

Adequate intake

AKA

Above knee amputation
or
Alcoholic ketoacidosis

NIDDM

Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

HDL

High density lipoprotein

LDL

Low density lipoprotein

EUC

Electrolytes, urea, creatinine

AAA

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

CCF

Congestive cardiac failure

PCV

Packed cell volume

MCV

Mean cell volume

MCH

Mean corpuscular haemoglobin

RDW

Red cell distribution width

MCHC

Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration

GOOB

Getting out of bed

STEMI

ST elevation with myocardial infarction

OA

Osteoarthritis

INR (pathology)

International normalised ratio
Used for patients on warfarin
Determines effect & risk of bleeding

ICD

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

VT

Ventricular tachycardia

AF

Atrial fibrillation

BPH

Benign prostatic hypertrophy

ICH

Intracerebral haemorrhage

IVH

Intraventricular haemorrhage

DVT

Deep venous thrombosis

PE

Pulmonary embolism

VTE
NB: Not VT

Venous thromboembolism

VT

Ventricular tachycardia

ICD (for VT)
and
S-ICD

Implantable cardioverter-defibrilator
and
subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defribilator

ACLS

Advanced cardiac life support

BLS

Basic life support

AED

Automated external defibrilator

EVAR (of AAA)

Endovascular aneurysm repair

IGT

Impaired glucose tolerance

MET call

Medical emergency team call

ARF

Acute renal failure

AS

Aortic stenosis

RA

Rheumatoid arthritis

BBB

Blood brain barrier

DRD

Dopamine-responsive dystonia

HTN

Hypertension

IDH

Intradural haemorrhage

SDH

Subdural haemorrhage

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