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Physical Exam Abbreviations

Common abbreviations to know for the final
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JVD
Jugular Venous Distension
Post-Ictal
the phase after a Sz; confusion
CVA Tenderness
Costo-vertebral tenderness (flank tenderness)
CSM
Circulatory, Sensory, Motor
SLR
Straight Leg Raise
SI
Suicidal Ideation; wanting to hurt oneself
HI
Homicidal Ideation; wanting to hurt others
GCS
Glascow Coma Scale
EPS
Emergency Psychiatric Services
NAD
No Acute Distress
AT
Atraumatic
NC
Normocephalic
PERRl
Pupils Equal, Round, and Reactive to Light
EOMI
Extra Ocular Movements Intact
TM
Tympanic Membrane
DP
Dorsal Pedis
PT
Posterior Tibialis
Peritoneal Signs for Abd
Voluntary/Involuntary Guarding, Rebound Tenderness, Rigidity
Abd Quadrants
Epigastrium, Periumbilical, Suprapubic, RUQ, LUQ, RLQ, LLQ
CMT
Cervical Motion Tenderness
FROM
Full Range of Motion
LOC
Level of Consciousness
A&Ox4
Alert and Oriented x4
DTR
Deep Tendon Reflex
CN
Cranial Nerves
Cerebellar
Coordination
EOM
Extra Ocular Movements
ETT
Endotracheal Tube
MAE x4
Moves all four extremities
FNF
Finger-nose-finger
A&O x3
Alert and Oriented x3 (Alert and Oriented to person, place, and time)
TTP
Tenderness to Palpation
A&O
Alert and Oriented
DPP
Dorsal Pedal Pulse
Pronator Drift
A physical exam test for neurological motor strength
How to document pulses
Radial, Carotid, DP, PT, Femoral
0=Absent
1+=Barely Palpable
2+=Easily Palpable (Normal)
3+=Full
4+=Bounding/Aneurysmal
PTP
Pedal Tibialis Pulse