Abbreviations for Nursing

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Abbreviations for Nursing
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  1. a
    before
  2. abd
    abdomen
  3. ABG
    arterial blood gas
  4. ac
    before meals
  5. ADL
    activities of daily living
  6. ad lib
    as desired
  7. AEB
    as evidenced by
  8. am
    morning
  9. AMA
    against medical advice
  10. amb
    ambulatory
  11. amt
    amount
  12. A & O
    alert and oriented
  13. as tol
    as tolerated
  14. BE
    barium enema
  15. bid
    twice per day
  16. BM
    bowel movement
  17. BP
    blood pressure
  18. BR
    bed rest
  19. BRP
    bathroom privileges
  20. BSC
    bedside commode
  21. c
    with
  22. C
    celsius
  23. C & S
    culture and sensitivity
  24. Ca
    Cancer
  25. CBC
    complete blood count
  26. CBR
    complete bed rest
  27. CC
    chief complaint
  28. cc
    cubic centimeter
  29. CCU
    coronary care unit
  30. cl
    clear
  31. C/O
    complains of
  32. CHF
    congestive heart failure
  33. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  34. CSF
    cerebral spinal fluid
  35. CVA
    cerebral vascular accident
  36. CXR
    chest Xray
  37. DAT
    diet as tolerated
  38. D/C
    discharge
  39. dc
    discontinue
  40. DM
    diabetes mellitus
  41. DNR
    do not resuscitate
  42. DOA
    dead on arrival
  43. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion
  44. D5W
    5% dextrose in water
  45. dx
    diagnosis
  46. ECF
    extracellular fluid
  47. ECG (EKG)
    electrocardiogram
  48. F
    fahrenheit
  49. FBS
    fasting blood sugar
  50. f/c/s
    fever, chills, sweat
  51. FF
    force fluids
  52. FOB
    foot of bed
  53. FUO
    fever of unknown origin
  54. fx
    family; fracture
  55. fx hx
    family history
  56. GI
    gastrointestinal
  57. GT
    gastrostomy tube
  58. gtt
    drops
  59. GU
    genitourinary
  60. h
    hour
  61. HA
    headache
  62. Hb
    Hemoglobin
  63. Hct
    hematocrit
  64. H & H
    hemoglobin & hematocrit
  65. HO
    house officer
  66. HOB
    head of bed
  67. HPI
    history of presenting illness
  68. HR
    heart rate
  69. hs
    hour of sleep; at bedtime
  70. ht
    height
  71. HTN
    hypertension
  72. hx
    history (of)
  73. I & O
    intake and output
  74. ICP
    intracranial pressure
  75. ICS
    intercostal space
  76. ICU
    intensive care unit
  77. IDDM
    insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  78. IM
    intramuscular
  79. IV
    intravenous
  80. IVBP
    intravenous piggyback
  81. K+
    potassium
  82. KCl
    potassium chloride
  83. kg
    kilogram
  84. L
    left; liter
  85. LE
    lower extremity
  86. LLL
    left lower lobe
  87. LLQ
    left lower quadrant
  88. LOC
    level of consciousness; loss of consciousness
  89. LSB
    left sternal border
  90. LUL
    left upper lobe
  91. LUQ
    left upper quadrant
  92. lytes
    electrolytes
  93. mEq
    milliequivalent
  94. Na
    sodium
  95. NG
    nasogastric
  96. NIDDM
    noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  97. NKDA
    no known drug allergies
  98. noc
    night
  99. NPO
    nothing by mouth
  100. NS
    normal saline
  101. N & V
    nausea and vomiting
  102. OD
    right eye, oculus dexter
  103. OOB
    out of bed
  104. ORIF
    open reduction internal fixation
  105. OS
    left eye, oculus sinister
  106. os
    mouth
  107. OT
    occupational therapy
  108. OTC
    over the counter
  109. OU
    both eyes, oculus uterque
  110. p
    after
  111. P
    pulse
  112. pc
    after meals
  113. PCA
    patient controlled analgesia
  114. PE
    physical exam
  115. per
    by
  116. PERRLA
    pupils equal round reactive to light and accomodation
  117. pm
    afternoon
  118. PMH
    past medical history
  119. po
    by mouth
  120. pr
    per rectum
  121. prn
    as needed
  122. pt
    patient
  123. PT
    physical therapy
  124. PTA
    prior to administration
  125. PVR
    post void residual
  126. q
    every
  127. qh
    every hour
  128. qhs
    every evening
  129. q2h, q3h
    every 2 hours, every 3 hours
  130. qid
    four times a day
  131. qns
    quantity not sufficient
  132. qs
    quantity sufficient
  133. R
    right; respirations
  134. RBC
    red blood cells
  135. R/O
    rule out
  136. RLL
    right lower lobe
  137. RLQ
    right lower quadrant
  138. RML
    right middle lobe
  139. ROM
    range of motion
  140. ROS
    review of systems
  141. RR
    respiratory rate
  142. R/T
    related to
  143. RUL
    right upper lobe
  144. RUQ
    right upper quadrant
  145. Rx
    treatment
  146. s
    without
  147. SB
    sternal border
  148. SC
    subcutaneous
  149. SOB
    short of breath
  150. S/P
    status post
  151. SQ
    subcutaneous
  152. sx
    symptoms
  153. T
    temperature
  154. TCDB
    turn cough deep breath
  155. tid
    three times a day
  156. TO
    telephone order
  157. TPR
    temperature pulse respirations
  158. UA
    urinalysis
  159. UTI
    urinary tract infection
  160. VO
    verbal order
  161. VS
    vital signs
  162. VSS
    vital signs stable
  163. WBC
    white blood cells
  164. w/c
    wheel chair
  165. WNL
    within normal limits
  166. wt
    weight
  167. x
    times

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