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Medical Abbreviations

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dx
diagnosis
hx
history
HPI
history of present illness
c/o
complain of
CC
chief complaint
r/t
related to
r/o
rule out
GI
gastrointestinal
Stat
immediately
NKA
no known allergies
ad lib
as desired
ROM
range of motion
ADLs
activities of daily living
HR
heartrate
RR
respiratory rate
TPR
temp, pulse, resp
BP
blood pressure
DNR
do not resuscitate
n/v
nausea, vomiting
NPO
nothing by mouth
Rx
prescription
ac
before meals
pc
after meals
Q day
every day
bid
twice daily
tid
three times a day
qid
four times a day
IM
intramuscular
IV
intravenous
IVP
intravenous push
gm
gram
mg
milligram
mcg
microgram
cm
centimeter
ml
milliliters
supp
suppository
susp
suspension
PRN
as needed
po
by mouth
SubQ
subcutaneously
ABG's
arterial blood gases
AMA
against medical advice
am
morning
amb
ambulate
amt.
amount
as tol
as tolerated
AP
apical pulse
ARF
acute renal failure
ASA
acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
BE
barium enema
BM
bowel movement
BMR
basal metabolic rate
BRP
bathroom privileges
BUN
blood urea nitrogen
CAD
coronary heart disease
c (with a line above it)
with
cc
cubic centimeters (use ml instead)
C.
centigrade
cap
capsule
C & S
culture and sensitivity
CBC
complete blood count
COPD
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPAP
continuous positive airway pressure
CPR
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CSF
cerebrospinal fluid
CT
chest tube
CVA
cerebrovascular accident
CVC
central venous catheter
D/C
discontinue; discharge
DM
diabetes mellitus
DVT
deep vein thrombosis
EC
enteric coated
ECG, EKG
electrocardiogram
EENT
eyes, ears, nose, throat
F.
Farenheit
Fr.
French
FUO
fever of undetermined origin
gr.
grain
gtt.
drop
GU
genitourinary
h
hour
HCT
hematocrit
HGB
hemoglobin
HOB
head of bed
ht.
height
I & D
incision and drainage
I & O
intake and output
L (with a circle around it)
left
lytes
electrolytes
MAR
medication administration record
mEq.
milliequivalent
mod.
moderate
MVI
multivitamin
NC
nasal cannula
NG
nasogastric
noc
night
OD
right eye
OS
left eye
OU
both eyes
OOB
out of bed
OT
occupational therapy
P
pulse
PCA
patient controlled analgesia
PE
pulmonary embolism
PERRLA
pupils equally round, reactive to light and accomodation
pm
afternoon/evening
PICC
peripherally inserted central catheter
PMI
point of maximum impulse
PT
physical therapy
PRBC
packed red blood cells
PTA
prior to admit
q
every
QS
quantity sufficient
R (with a circle around it)
right
R
respiration
SOB
shortness of breath
SR
sustained release
s (with a line above)
without
sm
small
T
temperature
TO
telephone order
TPN
total parenteral nutrition
UA
urinalysis
VAD
vascular access device
VO
verbal order
VS
vital signs
WBC
white blood cells
WNL
within normal limits
wt.
weight