Common abbreviations

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Common abbreviations
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  1. AMB
    ambulatory
  2. BRP
    Bathroom privileges
  3. CBR
    Complete bed rest
  4. OOB
    out of bed
  5. up ad lib
    up as desired
  6. abd
    abdominal
  7. BP
     blood pressure
  8. bx
    biopsy
  9. C
    celsius
  10. c/o
    complains of
  11. CTA
    clear to auscultation
  12. dx
    diagnosis
  13. F
    fahrenheit
  14. FUO
    fever of unknown origin
  15. GI
    gastrointestinal
  16. GU
    genitourinary
  17. H/A
    headache
  18. h/o
    history of
  19. HPI
    history of present illness
  20. Imp
    impressions
  21. lt or L (in a circle)
    left
  22. MAE
    moves all extremities
  23. NAD
    no apparent distress
  24. NKA
    no known allergies
  25. N/V
    nausea and vomitting
  26. neg
    negative
  27. P
    pulse
  28. PE
    physical examination
  29. PMH
    past medical history
  30. R
    respirations
  31. R/O
    rule out
  32. ROS
    review of symptoms
  33. rt of R (in a circle)
    right
  34. SOB
    shortness of breath
  35. Sx
    symptoms
  36. + (in a circle)
    positive
  37. - (in a circle)
    negative
  38. ASCVD
    arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
  39. ASHD
    arteriosclerotic heart disease
  40. BPH
    benign prostate hypertrophy
  41. CA
    cancer
  42. CAD
    coronary artery disease
  43. CHF
    conjestive heart failure
  44. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  45. CVA
    cerebrovascular accident
  46. DM
    diabetes mellitus
  47. HTN or ^BP
    hypertension
  48. MI
    myocardial infarction
  49. PE
    pulmonary emboli
  50. PVD
    peripheral vascular disease
  51. STD
    sexually transmitted disease
  52. URI
    upper respiratory infection
  53. ABG
    arterial blood gases
  54. BE
    barium enema
  55. CBC
    complete blood count
  56. CO2
    carbon dioxide
  57. C&S
    culture and sensitivity
  58. CXR
    chest x-ray
  59. ECG or EKG
    cardiogram
  60. lytes
    electrolytes
  61. RBC
    red blood cells
  62. UA
    urinalysis
  63. UGI
    upper GI
  64. WBC
    white blood cells
  65. >
    greater than
  66. <
    less than
  67. (up arrow)
    increase
  68. (northeast arrow)
    increasing
  69. (down arrow)
    decrease
  70. (southwest arrow)
    decreasing
  71. 2(degree sign)
    second degree
  72. =
    equal to
  73. = (with a line through it)
    unequal
  74. (triangle)
    change
  75. x (with a line over it)
    except
  76. a (with a line over it)
    before
  77. ad lib
    as desired
  78. AMA
    against medical advice
  79. ASAP
    as soon as possible
  80. BM
    bowel movement
  81. BSD
    bedside drainage
  82. c (with a line over it), C
    with
  83. CABG
    coronary artery bypass graft
  84. CPR
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  85. dc, disc
    discontinue
  86. DNR, no code
    do not resuscitate
  87. dsg
    dressing
  88. dx
    diagnosis
  89. FOB
    foot of bed
  90. Fx
    fracture
  91. GHWT
    good handwashing technique
  92. HOB
    head of bed
  93. hs
    hour of sleep
  94. Hx
    history
  95. I&O
    intake and output
  96. IV
    intervenous
  97. KVO
    keep vein open
  98. NG, NGT
    nasogastric tube
  99. noc, noct
    night
  100. NPO
    nothing by mouth
  101. NS, NIS, N/S
    normal saline
  102. o2
    oxygen
  103. OT
    occupational therapy
  104. p (with a line over it)
    after
  105. postop
    postoperative
  106. preop
    preoperative
  107. prep
    preperation
  108. PRN
    as needed
  109. PT
    physical therapy
  110. pt
    patient
  111. q
    every
  112. ROM
    range of motion
  113. RX
    treatment
  114. s (with a line over it), S
    without
  115. SOB
    side of bed
  116. S/P
    status post
  117. STAT
    immediately
  118. TF
    tube feeding
  119. TPR
    temp, pulse, respiration
  120. TURP
    transurethral resection of prostrate
  121. TX
    treatment
  122. VS
    vital signs
  123. WA
    while awake
  124. x
    times
  125. aa, aa (with a line over it)
    of each
  126. a.c., ac
    before meals
  127. a.m., AM
    morning
  128. amp
    ampule
  129. aq
    aqueos, water
  130. b.i.d., bid
    twice a day
  131. b.i.w.
    twice a week
  132. c
    cup
  133. cap, caps
    capsule
  134. CD
    controlled dose
  135. CR
    controlled release
  136. dil.
    dilute
  137. DS
    double strength
  138. EC
    enteric coated
  139. elix.
    elixir
  140. fl, fld
    fluid
  141. GT
    gastrostomy tube
  142. gtt
    drop
  143. h, hr
    hour
  144. ID
    intradermal
  145. IM
    intramuscular
  146. IVPB
    intravenous piggyback
  147. IVSS
    intravenous Soluset
  148. LA
    long acting
  149. LOS
    length of stay
  150. min
    minute
  151. mix
    mixture
  152. NAS
    intranasal
  153. p.c.
    after meals
  154. per
    through, by
  155. p.m., PM
    evening
  156. p.r.
    by rectum
  157. q.a.m.
    every morning
  158. q.h., qh
    every hour
  159. q2h, q4h, q6h, q8h, q10h
    every 2 hours, every 4 hours, every 6 hours, every 8 hours, every 12 hours
  160. q.i.d., qid
    four times a day
  161. q.s.
    a sufficient amount/as much as needed
  162. rect
    rectum
  163. sl, SL
    sublingual
  164. sol, soln
    solution
  165. s.o.s., SOS
    maybe be repeated once if necessary
  166. SR
    sustained release
  167. S&S
    swish and swallow
  168. subcut
    subcutaneous
  169. supp
    suppository
  170. susp
    suspension
  171. syp, syr
    syrup
  172. tab
    tablet
  173. t.i.d., tid
    three times a day
  174. tr., tinct
    tincture
  175. ung., oint
    ointment
  176. vag, v
    vaginally
  177. XL
    long acting
  178. XR
    extended release

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