Physical Exam Abbreviations

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Common abbreviations to know for the final

JVD

Jugular Venous Distension

Post-Ictal

the phase after a Sz; confusion

CVA Tenderness

Costo-vertebral tenderness (flank tenderness)

CSM

Circulatory, Sensory, Motor

SLR

Straight Leg Raise

SI

Suicidal Ideation; wanting to hurt oneself

HI

Homicidal Ideation; wanting to hurt others

GCS

Glascow Coma Scale

EPS

Emergency Psychiatric Services

NAD

No Acute Distress

AT

Atraumatic

NC

Normocephalic

PERRl

Pupils Equal, Round, and Reactive to Light

EOMI

Extra Ocular Movements Intact

TM

Tympanic Membrane

DP

Dorsal Pedis

PT

Posterior Tibialis

Peritoneal Signs for Abd

Voluntary/Involuntary Guarding, Rebound Tenderness, Rigidity

Abd Quadrants

Epigastrium, Periumbilical, Suprapubic, RUQ, LUQ, RLQ, LLQ

CMT

Cervical Motion Tenderness

FROM

Full Range of Motion

LOC

Level of Consciousness

A&Ox4

Alert and Oriented x4

DTR

Deep Tendon Reflex

CN

Cranial Nerves

Cerebellar

Coordination

EOM

Extra Ocular Movements

ETT

Endotracheal Tube

MAE x4

Moves all four extremities

FNF

Finger-nose-finger

A&O x3

Alert and Oriented x3 (Alert and Oriented to person, place, and time)

TTP

Tenderness to Palpation

A&O

Alert and Oriented

DPP

Dorsal Pedal Pulse

Pronator Drift

A physical exam test for neurological motor strength

How to document pulses

Radial, Carotid, DP, PT, Femoral
0=Absent
1+=Barely Palpable
2+=Easily Palpable (Normal)
3+=Full
4+=Bounding/Aneurysmal

PTP

Pedal Tibialis Pulse

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