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abd

abdomen

a.c.

before meals

ADL

activities of daily living

ad lib

as desired

Adm (adm)

admitted or admission

A.I.D.S.

acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

AM (am)

morning

amb

ambulatory

amt

amount

approx

approximately

b.i.d.

twice a day

BM (bm)

bowel movement

B/P

blood pressure

BRP

bathroom privileges

C

centigrade

cath

catheter

CBC

complete blood count

CBR

complete bed rest

cc

cubic centimeter

CCU

coronary care unit

CNA

certified nursing assistant

c/o

complains of

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CVA

cerebrovascular accident, stroke

dc (d/c)

discontinue

DOA

dead on arrival

DON

director of nursing

drsg

dressing

DSD

director of staff development

dx

diagnosis

ECG (EKG)

electrocardiogram

EEG

electroencephalogram

ER

emergency room

F

Fahrenheit

FBS

fasting blood sugar

FF

force fluids

ft

foot or feet

gal

gallon

GI

gastrointestinal

h (hr)

hour

H.S. (h.s.)

hour of sleep

ICU

intensive care unit

I & O

intake and output

IV

intravenous

kg

kilogram

lab

laboratory

liq

liquid

LLQ

left lower quadrant

LMP

last menstrual period

LPN

licensed practical nurse

lt (LT)

left

LVN

licensed vocational nurse

LUQ

left upper quadrant

M.D.

medical doctor

meds

medications

mid noc (mn)

midnight

min

minute

ml

milliliter

NA

nursing assistant

neg

negative

NKA

no known allergies

NPO

nothing by mouth

OB

obstetrics

OJ

orange juice

OOB

out of bed

OR

operating room

OT

occupational therapy

oz (Oz)

ounce

PAR

postanesthesia room

p.c.

after meals

Peds

pediatrics

per

by, through

PM (pm)

afternoon

p o (per os)

by mouth

post op

postoperative

preop

preoperative

prep

preparation

p r n

when necessary

Pt (pt)

patient

PT

physical therapy

q d

every day

q h

every hour

q2h

every 2 hours

q3h

every 3 hours

q h s

every night at bedtime

q i d

four times daily

q o d

every other day

R

rectal temperature

RLQ

right lower quadrant

R N

registered nurse

ROM

range of motion

RR

recovery room

rt (Rt)

right

RUQ

right upper quadrant

Spec (spec)

specimen

SSE

soap suds enema

stat

at once

Surg

surgery

tbsp

tablespoon

t i d

three times a day

TLC

tender loving care

TPR

temperature, pulse, and respirations

tsp

teaspoon

U/a (U/A, u/a)

urinalysis

VS (vs)

vital signs

WBC

white blood count

w/c

wheelchair

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