Basic Abbreviations

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Sophomore Nursing Basic Abbreves for Exam 1

ADA

American Diabetes Association

ADL

Activities of Daily Living

ad lib.

as desired

amb.

ambulatory

A.P. and Lat.

anteroposterior and lateral

Bil.

bilateral

BM

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

BR

bedrest

BRP

bathroom privileges

C

centigrade

cal

calorie

cath

catheter

C & B

chair and bed

CC

chief complaint

cm.

centimeter

c/o

complains of

CO2

carbon dioxide

CSM

circulation, sensation and movement

D & I

dry and intact

DAT

diet as tolerated

D/C

discontinue

disch.

discharge

DOA

dead on arrival

DSD

dry sterile dressing

dsg

dressing

Dx

diagnosis

ED

emergency department

F

Fahrenheit

Fam Hx

family history

FUO

fever of unknown origin

HOB

head of bed

HR

heart rate

Hx

history

I & D

Incision and drainage

I & O

intake and output

IS

incentive spirometer

L (with circle)

left

lat

lateral

LOC

level of consciousness

MDI

metered dose inhaler

mod

moderate

Neb

nebulizer

neg

negative

NKA

No Known Allergies

NPO

nothing by mouth

N/V

nausea/vomiting

OOB

out of bed

OT

occupational therapy

OTA

open to air

PERRLA

pupils equal, round, react to light and accommodation

PMI

point of maximum impulse

post-op

after surgery

pre-op

before surgery

PT

physical therapy

pt

patient

R (with circle around)

right

R

respiration

RT

respiratory therapy

r/o

rule out

ROM

range of motion

Rx

treatment

-
s

without

SCD

sequential compression device

SS

serosanguinous drainage

SSE

soap suds enema

S & S

signs and symptoms

SNF

skilled nursing facility

T

temperature

TCDB

turn, cough, deep breathe

TPR

temperature, pulse, respiration

VS

vital signs

W/C

wheelchair

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