KVCC-medical abbreviations

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abd

abdomen

ac

before meals

ADL

activities of daily living

ad lib

as desired

adm

admission

am or AM

morning

AMA

against medical advice
American Medical Association

amb

ambulatory or ambulate

amt

amount

AIDS

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

AP

apical pulse

AP & LAT

anteroposterior and lateral

ASA

aspirin

ASAP

as soon as possible

as tol

as tolerated

ax

axillary temperature

BE

barium enema

bilat

bilateral

BM

bowel movement

BMR

basal metabolic rate

BP

blood pressure

BR

bathroom

BRP

bathroom privileges

BS

bowel sounds

BUN

blood urea nitrogen

C

centigrade

cal

calorie

cap

capsule

cath

catheter

CBC

complete blood count

CBR

complete bedrest

CC

chief complaint

C & DB

cough and deep breathe

CHO

carbohydrate

circ

circumcision or circulation

cl liq

clear liquid

cm

centimeter

CMS

color, movement, sensation

CNS

central nervous system

c/o or C/O

complaint of

cont

continue

COPD or COLD

chronic obstructive pulmonary or lung disease

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

C & S

culture and sensitivity

CV

cardiovascular

CXR

chest x-ray

DC

discontinue

D & C

dilation and curettage

DDS

doctor of dental surgery

del

delivery

disch

discharge

DOA

dead on arrival

DOB

date of birth

drg

drainage

drsg

dressing

DT's

delirium tremens

dx or Dx

diagnosis

EBL

estimated blood loss

EDC

expected date of confinement

EEG

electroencephalogram

EENT

eye, ear, nose and throat

EKG (ECG)

electrocardiogram

Etiol

etiology

ETOH

alcohol (ethanol)

exam

examination

F

fahrenheit

FBS

fasting blood sugar

fdg

feeding

Fe

iron (ferrum)

ff or FF

force fluids

FOB

foot of bed

FUO

fever of undetermined (or unknown) origin

fx or Fx

fracture

GB

gallbladder

gen

general

GI

gastrointestinal

gm or Gm

gram

gtts

drops

GU

genitourinary

GYN or Gyn

gynecology

HA

headache

Hct

hematocrit

Hgb

hemoglobin

H2O2

hydrogen peroxide

HOB

head of bed

HOH

hard of hearing

H & P

history and physical

hs

hour of sleep (bedtime)

HTN

hypertension

hx

history

ID

identification

IM

intramuscular

I & O

intake and output

IPPB

intermittent positive pressure breathing

irreg

irregular

IUD

intrauterine device

IV

intravenous

IVP

intravenous pyelogram or
intravenous push

IVPB

intravenous piggyback

kg

kilogram

KUB

kidney, ureter, bladder

lab

laboratory

LLL

left lower lobe

LLQ

left lower quadrant

LMP

last menstrual period

LOA

leave of absence

LP

lumbar puncture

LPN

licensed practical nurse

LUL

left upper lobe

lt or L (circled)

left

LUQ

left upper quadrant

mcg

microgram

MD

doctor of medicine

mEq

milliequivalent

mg or mgm

milligram

min

minute

mL

milliliter

MR

may repeat

MS

multiple sclerosis or
musculoskeletal

NA

not applicable

NAS

no added salt

neg or - (circled)

negative

NKA

no known allergies

npo or NPO

nothing by mouth

NS

normal saline

Nsg

nursing

N & V

nausea and vomiting

OB

obstetrics

OOB

out of bed

ortho

orthopedics

OT

occupational therapy

PA

physician's assistant

Path

pathology

pc

after meals

Peds

pediatrics

PERLA

pupils equal, react to light and accommodation

PID

pelvic inflammatory disease

pm or PM

evening

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