Nursing Abbreviations & Equivalencies (Part 2 of 4)

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Appendix B

Before

...

before meals

...

abd

abdomen

ad lib

as desired

ADA

American Diabetes Association or American Dietetic Association (diet)

ADL (ADLs)

activities of daily living

adm

admission / admitted

amt

amount

AMB / amb

ambulatory/ ambulate

amp

ampule

approx

approximately

APTT

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

Ax / A/ ax

axillary

bid

twice a day

BM

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

BRP

bathroom privileges

BS

bowel sounds

C

Celsius / centigrade

C & S

culture & sensitivity

c/o

complains of/ complaint of

cap(s)

capsule(s)

CBC

complete blood count

CBI

continuous bladder irrigation

CC

chief complaint

DAT

diet as tolerated

DNR

do not resuscitate

DOA

date of admission

DOE

dyspnea on exertion

TCDB

turn, cough, deep breathe

US

ultrasound

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