NUR 111 Abbreviations

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  1. ABGs
    arterial blood gases
  2. ac
    before meals
  3. acbs
    before breakfast and supper
  4. ADA Diet
    American Diabetes Association Diet
  5. ADL
    activities of daily living
  6. A. Fib.
    atrial fibrillation
  7. AKA
    above the knee amputation
  8. AMA
    against medical advice
  9. Amb.
    ambulate
  10. ASHD
    arterio- or atherosclerotic heart disease
  11. A&O
    alert & oriented
  12. AROM
    active range of motion
  13. AV
    arteriovenous
  14. BCPs
    birth control pills
  15. BE
    barium enema
  16. BGM
    blood glucose monitoring
  17. BKA
    below the knee amputation
  18. bm
    bowel movement
  19. BP
    blood pressure
  20. BMP
    basal metabolic panel
  21. BMR
    basal metabolic rate
  22. BPH
    benign prostatic hypertrophy
  23. BR
    bedrest; bathroom
  24. BRP
    bathroom privileges
  25. BS
    bowel sounds; blood sugar; breath sounds
  26. BSC
    bedside commode
  27. BUN
    blood urea nitrogen
  28. Bx
    biopsy
  29. Ca
    cancer; carcinoma
  30. CABG
    coronary artery bypass graft
  31. CAT or CT
    computerized axial tomography (scan)
  32. CBC
    complete blood count
  33. CBD
    common bile duct
  34. CBI
    continuous bladder irrigation
  35. CBR
    complete bedrest
  36. CC
    chief complaint
  37. CHF
    congestive heart failure
  38. CHI
    closed head injury
  39. CKD
    chronic kidney disease
  40. CL
    clear liquids; cervical laminectomy
  41. CNS
    central nervous system
  42. c/o
    complaining of
  43. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  44. CPAP
    continuous positive airway pressure
  45. C&S
    culture & sensitivity
  46. CSF
    cerebrospinal fluid
  47. CVA
    cerebrovascular accident; costovertebral angle
  48. Cysto
    cystogram; cystoscopy
  49. CXR
    chest x-ray
  50. DC
    discharge
  51. d/c
    discontinue
  52. D&I
    dry & intact
  53. DJD
    degenerative joint disease
  54. DKA
    diabetic ketoacidosis
  55. DM
    diabetes mellitus
  56. DNI
    do not intubate
  57. DNR
    do not resuscitate
  58. DOA
    dead on arrival
  59. DOB
    date of birth
  60. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion
  61. DSD
    dry sterile dressing
  62. DTV
    due to void
  63. D5W
    dextrose 5% in water (IV fluid)
  64. D5NS
    dextrose 5% in normal saline
  65. D51/2NS
    dextrose 5% in half-strength normal saline
  66. Dx or Diag.
    diagnosis
  67. EBL
    estimated blood loss
  68. EEG
    electroencephalogram
  69. EENT
    eyes, ears, nose, throat
  70. EKG (ECG)
    electrocardiogram
  71. ERCP
    endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  72. ESRD
    end stage renal disease
  73. ESR
    erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  74. ET
    endotracheal tube
  75. ETOH
    alcohol (ethanol)
  76. Exp. lap.
    exploratory laparotomy
  77. FBS
    fasting blood sugar
  78. Fe
    female
  79. ff or FF
    force fluids
  80. FOB
    foot of bed
  81. f/u
    follow-up
  82. FUO
    fever of unknown/undetermined origin
  83. FWB
    full weight bearing
  84. Fx or Frac.
    fracture
  85. GERD
    gastroesophageal reflux disease
  86. GI
    gastrointestinal
  87. GSW
    gunshot wound
  88. GT
    gastrostomy tube
  89. HA
    headache; hyperalimentation
  90. HAL
    hyperalimentation
  91. Hct
    hematocrit
  92. HEENT
    head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
  93. H. flu
    hemophilus influenza
  94. Hgb
    hemoglobin
  95. H&H
    hemoglobin & hematocrit
  96. HHFM
    high humidity face mask
  97. HHTC
    high humidity trach collar
  98. HNP
    herniated nucleus pulposus
  99. H2O2
    hydrogen peroxide
  100. HOB
    head of bed
  101. HOH
    hard of hearing
  102. HS
    hour of sleep; half-strength
  103. HTN
    hypertension
  104. Hx
    history
  105. ICS
    intercostal space
  106. ICU
    intensive care unit
  107. I&D
    incision & drainage
  108. IICP
    increased intracranial pressure
  109. INR
    International Normalized Ratio
  110. I&O
    intake & output
  111. IV
    intravenous
  112. IVP
    intravenous pyelogram
  113. IS
    incentive spirometry
  114. IU or I.U.
    international unit
  115. JT
    jejunostomy tube
  116. JVD
    jugular vein distention
  117. KUB
    kidneys, ureters, bladder
  118. LBP
    low blood pressure; low back pain
  119. LE
    lower extremities
  120. LFTs
    liver function tests
  121. LLE
    left lower extremity
  122. LLQ
    left lower quadrant
  123. LUE
    left upper extremity
  124. LUQ
    left upper quadrant
  125. LOMP
    last menstrual period
  126. LOC
    laxative of choice; level of consciousness
  127. LOS
    length of stay
  128. LP
    lumbar puncture
  129. LR
    lactated ringers (IV solution)
  130. LTC
    left to count (IV fluid)
  131. L&W
    living & well
  132. MAE (EW)
    moves all extremities (equally well)
  133. MVA
    motor vehicle accident
  134. MRI
    magnetic resonance imaging
  135. MRSA
    methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
  136. MS
    multiple sclerosis
  137. NAS
    no added salt
  138. NG
    nasogastric
  139. NKA
    no known allergies
  140. NPO
    nothing by mouth
  141. NS
    normal saline (IV solution)
  142. NSR
    normal sinus rhythm
  143. N&V
    nausea & vomiting
  144. N, V, D
    nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  145. NWB
    no weight bearing
  146. O2
    oxygen
  147. O2 sat
    oxygen saturation
  148. OB
    obstetrics; occult blood
  149. OOB
    out of bed
  150. OR
    operating room
  151. OT
    occupational therapy
  152. OTC
    over-the-counter (pharmaceuticals)
  153. PA
    physician's assistant
  154. PACU
    post anesthesia care unit
  155. PAR
    post anesthesia recovery
  156. pc
    after meals
  157. PCA
    patient controlled analgesia
  158. PD
    peritoneal dialysis
  159. PEG
    percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
  160. per
    through; by
  161. PFTs
    pulmonary function tests
  162. PID
    pelvic inflammatory disease
  163. PMH
    past medical history
  164. p.o.
    by mouth
  165. p.o.d.
    postoperative day
  166. PRN
    as needed
  167. Pt. or pt.
    patient
  168. PT
    Prothrombin time; physical therapy
  169. PTT
    Partial Thromboplastin Time
  170. RR
    recovery room
  171. RT
    respiratory therapy; recreation therapy; radiation therapy
  172. RLE
    right lower extremity
  173. RUE
    right upper extremity
  174. RLQ
    right lower quadrant
  175. RUQ
    right upper quadrant
  176. Rx
    prescription drug; medication
  177. Sat.
    saturation
  178. SBE
    subacute bacterial endocarditis
  179. SG
    specific gravity
  180. SNF
    skilled nursing facility
  181. SP
    suprapubic
  182. S/P
    status post
  183. SSE
    soap solution (suds) enema
  184. S&S or S/S
    signs & symptoms
  185. STDs
    sexually transmitted diseases
  186. STG
    short term goal; split thickness graft
  187. Sx
    symptoms
  188. T&A
    tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  189. TAH (TVH)
    total abdominal (vaginal) hysterectomy
  190. TB
    tuberculosis; tuberculin
  191. TCDB
    turn, cough, deep breathe
  192. TE
    tracheoesophageal
  193. TEDs
    brand name of antiembolism stockings
  194. TENS
    transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
  195. TF
    tube feeding
  196. TIA
    transient ischemic attack
  197. TPN
    total parenteral nutrition
  198. TURB
    transurethral resection of bladder
  199. TURP
    transurethral resection of prostate
  200. U/A or U.A.
    urinalysis; uric acid
  201. UE
    upper extremities
  202. UO
    urinary output
  203. URI
    upper respiratory infection
  204. UTI
    urinary tract infection
  205. W.A. or w.a.
    while awake
  206. wb
    with breakfast
  207. wbs
    with breakfast and supper
  208. W.C. or w.c.
    wheelchair
  209. W-D or w-d
    wet-to-dry
  210. W/D or W&D
    warm & dry
  211. WDWN
    well developed, well nourished
  212. WNL
    within normal limits
  213. W/U
    workup
  214. Wt.
    weight
  215. Δ
    change
  216. @
    at
  217. female
  218. male
  219. increase; up
  220. decrease; down
  221. positive; present
  222. negative; not present
  223. secondary to
  224. X
    times
  225. Ø
    no; none
  226. SA (following medications)
    slow acting; sustained action
  227. CR or CD (following medications)
    controlled release
  228. SR (following medications)
    sustained release
  229. XL, XR, or XT (following medications)
    action delayed in some way
  230. Study Table 20-6 on pg 516 of Perry, Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques

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