Medical Abbreviations

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ad lib

as desired

ac

before meals

adm

admission

ASAP

as soon as possible within 30 min

Bid

2x a day

bm

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

C

Centigrade

Cap

capsule

CC

Chief Complaint

cc

cubic centimeter

C/O

complaint of

CO2

carbon dioxide

CPR

Cardio Pulmonary Rescuitation

CXR

Chest x ray

d/c

discontinue

ECG or EKG

electrocardiogram

EBL

estimated blood loss

ER

emergency room

F

Farenheit

fb

foreign body

fx

fracture

H&P

history and physical

HR

heart rate

hs

bedtime

I & O

intake and output

IDDM

Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

IV

Intravenous

IM

Intramuscular

NTG

nirtoglycerin

OD

right eye

OS

left eye

OU

both eyes

post-op

after surgery

pre-op

before surgery

po

by mouth

pt

patient

prn

as needed

pc

after meals

qd

every day

qh

every hour

qid

four times a day

qod

every other day

rx

prescription

sub q

subcutaneous

sx

symptoms

s/s

signs and symptoms

SOB

short of breath

tab

tablet

TPR

temp, pulse, resp

VS

vital signs

tx

treatment

mg

milligram

ml

milliliter

npo

nothing by mouth

lmp

last menstural period

IUD

intrauterine device

AD

right ear

AS

left ear

AU

both ears

LUQ

left upper quadrant

PE

physcial exam

DM

diabetes mellitus

f/u

follow up

UA

urinalysis

appt

appointment

IM

90 degrees

ID

10-15 degrees

Sub Q

45 degrees

IV

15-30 degrees

POL

point of location

hgb

hemoglobin

hx

history

UTI

urinary tract infection

WNL

within normal limits

qns

quanity not sufficent

chol

cholesterol

hct

hematocrit

ROS

review of systems

ASA

aspirin

CBC

complete blood count

CHF

congestive heart failure

C&S

culture and sensitivity

CSF

cerebrospinal fluid

CT

computer tomography

HTN

hypertension

KVO

keep vein open

KUB

kidneys, ureters and bladder

NS

normal saline

NSAID

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

OTC

over the counter

pc

after meals

PERRLA

pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation

R/O

rule out

SL

sublingual

TO

telephone order

URI

upper respiratory infection

VO

verbal order

WNL

within normal limits

LLQ

left lower quadrant

RLQ

right lower quadrant

Adult Pulse

60-100

Adult Respiration

15-20

Adult BP

120-140/80-90

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