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ABDC

airway, breathing, circulations, defibillation

ABR

absolute bed rest

abd

abdomen

ac

before meals

adm.

admission

ADLs

activities of daily living

ad lib

as desired

AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

AM/am

hours between midnight and noon

amb

ambulate, walk

amt

amount

ASAP

as soon as possible

as tol

as tolerated

ax

axillary

BID/bid

twice daily

BM

bowel movement

B/P

blood pressure

BPM

beats per minute

BR

bed rest, bathroom

BRP

bathroom privledges

BSC

bedside commode

C

Centigrade/ Celsius

cath

catheter

CBC

complete blood count

CBR

complete bedrest

CDC

centers for disease control

cl liq

clear liquids

CMS

centers for medicare and medicaid services

CNS

central nervous system

CS

central supply

CVP

central venous pressure

CVS

cardio vascular system

CXR

chest x-ray

cc

cubic centimeters

CHF

congestive heart failure

C.N.A.

certified nursing assistant

c/o

complains of

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CVA

cerebrovascular accident (stroke)

DAT

diet as tolerated

DM

diebetes mellitus

DOA

dead on arrival

DOB

date of birth

DVT

deep vein thrombosis

D/C or DC

discontinue/discharge

DNR

do not resuscitate

DON

Director of Nursing

drsg

dressing

Dr.

doctor

Dx

diagnosis

EEG

electroencephalogram

EKG/ECG

electrocardiogram

ER

Emergency Room

exam

examination

F

Fahrenheit

FBS

fasting blood sugar (blood test)

FF

forced fluids

F/U, f/u

follow up

FWB

full weight bearing

FYI

for your information

geri chair

geriatric chair

GI

gastrointestinal

H or hr

hour

HIPPA act

health insurance portability and accountability

HBV

hepatitis B virus

HHA

home health aide

HIV

human immunedeficiency virus

H/A

headache or hearing aid

HOB

head of bed

HS or hs

hour of sleep

HTN

hypertension

hyper

above normal, too fast, rapid

hypo

low, less than normal

ICU

intensive care unit

inc

incontinent

iso

isolation

I & O

intake and output

IV

intravenous

Lab

laboratory

LOC

level of consciousness

LPN

licensed practical nurse

LTC

long term care

LTCF

long-term care facility

LVN

licensed vational nursed

meds

medications

ml

milliliter

MDS

minimum data sheet

min

minute

mm Hg

millimete of mercury

mod

moderate

MI

myocardial infarction (heart attack)

MRSA

methicillin-resistant

MSDS

material saftey data sheet

NA

nursing assistant

N/A

not applicable

N/C

no complaints, no call

Neg

negative

NG

naso-gastric

NKA

no known allergies

NWB

non-weight bearing

NVD

nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

NPO

nothing by mouth

OBRA

omnibus budget reconciliation act

OSHA

occupatinal safety and health administration

oob

out of bed

OR

operating room

O.T.

occupational therapy

pc

after meals

per os

by mouth

peri care

perineal care

PHI

protected health information

PEG

percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

PNS

peripheral nervous system

PPE

personal protective equipment

PVD

peripheral vascular disease

PWB

partial weight bearing

po

by mouth

post-op

after surgery

pre-op

before surgery

PRN, prn

when necessary

pt

patient/resident

PT

physical therapy

qd

every day

qh

every hour

q2h

every two hours

R

rectal or respirations

R/rt

right

RACE

rescue, alarm, contain, extinguish

RBC

red blood cell

reg

regular

res.

resident

resp.

respiration

RF

restrict fluids

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