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(P) Medical Abbreviations

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/p (p with a line over it)
after
P
pulse, phosphorus
PA
physician's assistant
PAC
premature atrial contraction
PAP
papanicolaou test (smear)
para
number of pregnancies
Path
pathology
Pb
lead
PBI
protein bound iodine
pc
after meals
PCA
patient controlled analgesia
PCC
poison control center
PCP
patient care plan
PCT
patient/personal care technicinan
PDR
<i>Physicians' Desk Reference</i>
PE
physical exam, pumonary edema
Peds
pediatrics
per
by, through
PET
positron emission tomography
pH
measure of acidity/alkalinity
Pharm
pharmacy
PI
present illness
PID
pelvic inflammatory disease
PKU
phenylketonuria
PM, pm
after noon
PMC
postmortem (after death) care
PMS
premenstrual syndrome
PNS
peripheral nervous system
po
by mouth
PO
phone order
post
posterior, after
post-op
after an operation
PP
postpartum (after delivery)
PPE
personal protective equipment
PPO
preferred provider organization
pre-op
before an operation
prep
prepare
prn
whenever necessary, as needed
Psy
psychology, psychiatry
pt
patient, pint (500 mL or cc)
Pt
prothrombin time
PT
physical therapy/therapist
PTT
partial thromboplastin time
PVC
premature ventricular contraction
PVD
peripheral vascular disease
Px
prognosis, physical exam