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  1. a
    • before
  2. ABG
    Arteriol blood gas
  3. AC, ac
    before meal
  4. AD
    right ear
  5. ADA
    American diabetic association
  6. ADL
    Activities of Daily living
  7. ad lib
    as desired
  8. a.m.a.
    against medical advice
  9. amb
    ambulate
  10. amp
    ampule
  11. AS
    left ear
  12. AU
    both ears
  13. BE
    Barium enema
  14. BID, bid
    twice daily
  15. BPH
    benign prostatic hypertrophy
  16. BR
    bed rest
  17. BRP
    bathroom privileges
  18. BS
    blood sugar
  19. BUN
    blood urea nitrogen
  20. bx
    biopsy
  21. c
    with
  22. c/o
    complains of
  23. CA++
    calcium
  24. Ca
    cancer
  25. CAD
    coronary artery disease
  26. cap
    capsule
  27. CAT
    computerized axial tomography
  28. cath
    catheter, catheterize
  29. CBC
    complete blood count
  30. CBI
    continous bladder irrigation
  31. CBR
    complete bed rest
  32. cc
    cubic centimeter (equal to ml)
  33. CC
    chief complaint
  34. CCMS
    clean catch midstream
  35. CDB
    cough, deed breathing
  36. CDC
    Center for Disease Control
  37. CHF
    congestive heart failure
  38. cl liq
    clear liquid
  39. cm
    centimeter
  40. CNS
    central nervous system
  41. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  42. C&S
    culture and sensitivity
  43. CSF
    cerebrospinal fluid
  44. CVA
    cerebral vascular accident
  45. CVC
    central venous catheter
  46. CXR
    chest xray
  47. DAT
    Diet as tolerated
  48. D/C
    discharge
  49. dc
    discontinue
  50. D&C
    dilation and curettege
  51. DD
    dependent drain
  52. D&I
    dry and intact
  53. D5W
    dextrose 5% and water
  54. diff
    differential blood count
  55. dil
    dilute
  56. DX, dx
    diagnosis
  57. DNR
    do not resuscitate
  58. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion
  59. ECG, EKG
    electrocardiogram
  60. EEG
    electroencephalogram
  61. elix
    elixir
  62. est
    extract
  63. ET
    endotracheal
  64. ETS
    endotracheal suction
  65. Fe
    iron
  66. fl
    fluid
  67. FS, fs
    finger stick
  68. FUO
    fever unknown origin
  69. g, gm
    gram
  70. GD
    gravity drain
  71. GI
    gastrointestinal
  72. gr
    grain
  73. G-tube
    grastrostomy tube
  74. gt, gtt
    drop
  75. GU
    genitourinary
  76. H/A
    headache
  77. HAL
    hyperalimentation
  78. Hct
    hematocrit
  79. Hgb
    hemoglobin
  80. HL
    heparin lock
  81. H&P
    history and physical
  82. H2O2
    hydrogen peroxide
  83. HS, hs
    bed time, half strength
  84. hx
    history
  85. h/o
    history of
  86. IBI
    intermittent bladder irrigation
  87. I&O
    intake and output
  88. IM
    intramuscular
  89. I&D
    incise and drain
  90. IS
    incentive spirometer
  91. IU
    international unit
  92. IV
    intravenous
  93. IVP
    intravenous push
  94. IVPB
    intravenous piggyback
  95. JP tube
    jackson pratt tube
  96. J tube
    jejunostomy tube
  97. K+
    potassium
  98. kg
    kilogram
  99. KVO
    keep vein open
  100. L
    liter
  101. lap
    laparoscopic
  102. LR
    lactated ringer
  103. lbs
    pounds
  104. LIS
    low intermittent suction
  105. mg
    milligram
  106. mcg
    microgram
  107. mEq
    milli equivalent
  108. MI
    myocardial infarction
  109. ML
    midline
  110. ml, mL
    milliliter
  111. MS
    morphine sulfate
  112. NAS
    no added salt
  113. N/C
    nasal cannula
  114. NG
    nasogastric
  115. NKA
    no known allergy
  116. NPO
    nothing by mouth
  117. N&V
    nausea and vomiting
  118. NS
    normal saline
  119. OD
    right eye
  120. oint
    ointment
  121. OOB
    out of bed
  122. OS
    left eye
  123. OU
    both eyes
  124. oz
    ounce
  125. p
    after
  126. PAS
    pneumatic altering stockings
  127. pc
    after meal
  128. PCA
    patien controlled anelgesia
  129. PE
    pulmonary embolism
  130. per
    by way of
  131. PICC
    peripherally inserted central catheter
  132. PN
    Parenteral nutrition
  133. PO, po
    by mouth
  134. POD
    post op day
  135. PR
    per rectum
  136. PRC
    packed red cells
  137. prn
    as needed
  138. pt
    patient
  139. PT
    physical therapy, prothrombin time
  140. PTT
    partial thromboplastin time
  141. PVC
    premature ventricular contraction
  142. q
    every
  143. qd
    every day
  144. qh
    every hour
  145. q2h
    every 2 hours
  146. qs
    quantity sufficient
  147. QID, qid
    four times daily
  148. QOD, qod
    every other day
  149. reg
    regular
  150. RA
    room air
  151. RDS
    respiratory distress syndrom
  152. R/O
    rule out
  153. ROM
    range of motion
  154. Rx
    take, by perscription
  155. s
    without
  156. SL
    saline lock/ sublingual
  157. SOL
    solution
  158. SS
    sliding scale
  159. S/S
    signs and symptoms
  160. SC, SQ
    subcutaneous/ sub-Q
  161. ss
    1/2
  162. SSE
    soap solution enema
  163. STAT
    immediately
  164. susp
    suspension
  165. tab
    tablet
  166. t, tsp
    teaspoon
  167. TEDS
    elastic stockings
  168. TF
    tube feeding
  169. TID, tid
    three times a day
  170. tinct
    tincture
  171. TKO
    to keep open
  172. t/o
    telephone order
  173. TPN
    total parenteral nutrition
  174. TPR
    temperature, pulse, radiation
  175. TWE
    tap water enema
  176. u
    unit
  177. UA
    urina analysis
  178. UGI
    upper gastrointestinal
  179. ung
    ointment
  180. URI
    upper respiratory infection
  181. UTI
    urinary tract infection
  182. v/o
    verbal order
  183. VS
    vital signs
  184. W/A
    while awake
  185. WBC
    white blood count
  186. W --> D
    wet to dry
  187. WNL
    within normal limits
  188. APC
    ambulatory patient care
  189. CATH LAB
    Heart catheterization Laboratory
  190. CCU
    coronary care unit
  191. ED or ER
    emergency department/room
  192. ENDO
    endoscopy
  193. L & D
    labor and delivery
  194. MICU
    medical intensive care unit
  195. OR
    operating room
  196. ORTHO
    orthopedics
  197. PACU
    post anesthesia care unit
  198. PEDS
    pediatrics
  199. SICU
    surgical intensive care unit
  200. SNF
    skilled nursing facility
  201. 1 gm = ___ mg
    1,000 mg
  202. 1mg = ___ mcg
    1,000 mcg
  203. 1 kg = ___ lbs
    2.2 lbs
  204. 1 cc = ____ ml
    1 ml
  205. 1 T = ___ ml
    15 ml
  206. 1 cm = ____ mm
    10 mm
  207. 1 inch = ____ cm
    2.54 cm
  208. 1 gr = ____ mg
    60 mg
  209. 1L = ___ mls
    1,000 mls
  210. 1ml = ____ gtts
    15 gtts
  211. 1 t =____ mls
    5 mls
  212. 1 oz = ____ mls
    30 mls
  213. 1 pint = ____ mls
    500 mls

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