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â (straight line over a)

before

AAA

Abdominal aortic aneurysm

A & P

auscultation and percussion

abd

abdomen

abn

abnormal

ac

before meals

ad lib

as desired

ADLs

activities of daily living

adm.

admitted, admission

AE

above the elbow

AED

Automated External Defibrillator

AF

atrial fibrillation

AIDS

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

AKA

above-knee amputation

ALL

acute lymphocytic leukemia

A.M.

morning

AMA

against medical advice

amb.

walk; ambulate

AMI

acute myocardial infarction

amp.

ampule

ant.

anterior

AP

anterior-posterior

ARDS

Acute (or adult) Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ARF

Acute Renal Failure

ASCVD

arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease

ASHD

arteriosclerotic heart disease

ax.

axillary

b.i.d. ; BID

twice a day

bil; bilat

bilateral

bipap

bilevel positie airway pressure

BKA

below-knee amputation

BLE

bilateral lower extremities

BM

bowel movement

BMR

basal metabolic rate

BP

blood pressure

BPH

benign prostatic hyperplasia

BR

bed rest

BRP

bathroom privileges; up to bathroom only

BSA

body surface area

BSC

bed side commode

BSE

breast self exam

BUE

bilateral upper extremities

C

centigrade

c (with line over it)

with

C & DB

cough and deep breath

c/o

complains of

Ca, CA

cancer; carcinoma

CABG

coronary artery bypass and graft

CAD

coronary artery disease

Cal

calorie

cap; caps

capsule; capsules

cath

catheterize

CBR

complete bedrest

CBS or OBS

Chronic brain syndrome or organic brain syndrome

C.C.

chief complaint

CHD

coronary heart disease or congenital heart disease

CHF

congestive heart failure

CHO

carbohydrate

CNS

central nervous system

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CP

cerebral palsy

CPAP

continuous positive airway pressure

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CRF

chronic renal failure

CTA

(chest) clear to auscultation

CVA

cerebrovascular accident (stroke); costovertebral angle

CVD

cardiovascular disease

CVP

central venous pressure

CXR

chest x-ray

D/C, d/c

discontinue

DDD

degenerative disc disease

D5W

5% dextrose in water

disch; DC; D/C

discharge

DJD

degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis)

DM

diabetes mellitus

DNR

do not resuscitate

DOA

dead on arrival

DOB

date of birth

DOE

dyspnea on exertion

dr

dram or drams *** use with caution

DRGs

diagnostic related groupings

drsg

dressing

DTs

delirium tremens

DTR

deep tendon reflexes

DVT

deep vein thrombosis

dx, DX

diagnosis

elix

elixer

ENT

ear nose and throat

ESRD

end stage renal disease

ext

extract or external

F

Fahrenheit

FH

family history

F/U

follow up

FUO

fever unknown origin

fx.

fracture, fractional

GB

gall bladder

GC

gonococcus or gonorrhea

GERD

gastroesophageal reflux disease

GI

gastrointestinal

GSW

gunshot wound

gtt/gtts

drops

GU

genitourinary

GYN

gynecology

h.s; HS

hours of sleep (bedtime)

H2O2

hydrogen peroxide

HA, h/a

headache; hyperalimentation

HCVD

hypertensive cardiovascular disease

HEENT

head, eyes, ears, nose, throat

HIPPA

health insurance portability and accountability act

HOB

head of bed

HR

heart rate

HTN

hypertension

HVD

hypertensive vascular disease

hx; HX

history

I & D

incision and drainage

I & O; I/O

intake and output

ICU

intensive care unit

IDDM

insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

IM

intramuscular

IOP

intraocular pressure

IV

intravenous

kg

kilogram

KVO

keep vein open

L

liter or liters

L with circle around it

left

lat

lateral

LLE

left lower extremity

LLL

left lower lobe

LLQ

left lower quadrant

LMP

last menstrual period

LOC

level of consciousness; laxative of choice

LP

lumbar puncture

LUE

left upper extremity

LUL

left upper love

LUQ

left upper quadrant

m, m with circle around it

murmur

MAE

moves all extremities

MD

muscular dystrophy; medical doctor

mg

milligram

MI

myocardial infarction

min

minute

ml, mL

milliliter (1ml=1cc)

MRSA

methicillin resistant staph aureus

MS

multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal

MVA

motor vehicle accident

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