nursing abbreviations, symbols and notations

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nursing abbreviations, symbols and notations
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  1. ad lib
    as desired
  2. AD
    right ear
  3. ADLs
    activities of daily living
  4. AK
    above the knee
  5. AMA
    against medical advice
  6. amb
    ambulate
  7. AU
    both ears
  8. ax
    axillary
  9. BP
    blood pressure
  10. BK
    below the knee
  11. C
    centigrade
  12. CABG
    coronary artery bypass graft
  13. c/o
    complains of
  14. CPAP
    continuous positive airway pressure
  15. CPM
    continuous passive motion
  16. CPR
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  17. CXR
    chest x-ray
  18. DC
    discontinued
  19. dx
    diagnosis
  20. DNR
    do not resuscitate
  21. DOB
    date of birth
  22. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion
  23. DRG
    diagnosis-related group
  24. DTR
    deep tendon reflex
  25. ECG
    electrocardiogram
  26. ECT
    electric convulsive therapy
  27. ED
    emergency department
  28. EEG
    electroencephalogram
  29. EMG
    electromyogram
  30. EOM
    extraocular movement
  31. ESR
    erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  32. ETOH
    alcohol
  33. F
    Fahrenheit
  34. FBS
    Fasting blood sugar
  35. FUO
    fever of unknown origin
  36. GB
    gall bladder
  37. GFR
    glomerular filtration rate
  38. GU
    genitourinary
  39. hr
    hour
  40. Hb
    hemoglobin
  41. H&P
    history and physical
  42. HOB
    head of bed
  43. HOH
    hard of hearing
  44. hx
    history
  45. I&O
    intake and output
  46. IOP
    intraocular pressure
  47. IV
    intravenous
  48. KCl
    potassium chloride
  49. KUB
    kidney, ureters, bladder
  50. KVO
    keep vein open
  51. LBW
    low birth weight
  52. LFTs
    liver function tests
  53. LE
    lower extremity
  54. LLE
    left lower extremity
  55. LLL
    left lower lobe
  56. LLQ
    left lower quadrant
  57. LMP
    last menstrual period
  58. LOC
    level/loss of consciousness
  59. LP
    lumbar puncture
  60. LUE
    left upper extremity
  61. LUL
    left upper lobe
  62. NG
    nasogastric
  63. NV
    nausea and vomiting
  64. OOB
    out of bed
  65. OD
    right eye
  66. ORIF
    open reduction and internal fixation
  67. OS
    left eye
  68. OU
    both eyes
  69. OT
    occupational therapy
  70. P
    pulse
  71. PCA
    patient controlled analgesia
  72. PDR
    Physicians' Desk Reference
  73. PERLA
    pupils equal, reactive to light and accomodation
  74. PICC
    percutaneously inserted central catheter
  75. PND
    paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
  76. PO
    by mouth
  77. PRN
    as required (pro re nata)
  78. PT
    physical therapy
  79. PVC
    premature ventricular contraction
  80. q
    every
  81. R
    respirations
  82. RDA
    recommended daily allowance
  83. RLE
    right lower extremity
  84. RLL
    right lower lobe
  85. R/O
    rule out
  86. ROM
    range of motion
  87. RUE
    right upper extremity
  88. RUL
    right upper lobe
  89. RUQ
    right upper quadrant
  90. SS
    social service
  91. SNF
    skilled nursing facility
  92. SOB
    shortness of breath
  93. T
    temperature
  94. TCDB
    turn, cough, and deep breathe
  95. TED
    thromboembolic disease
  96. TENS
    transcutaneous electrical stimulation
  97. TM
    tympanic membrane
  98. TPN
    total parenteral nutrition
  99. TURP
    transurethral resection of the prostate
  100. tx
    treatment
  101. UA
    urinalysis
  102. VS
    vital signs
  103. VSD
    ventral septal defect
  104. WNL
    within normal limits
  105. wt
    weight
  106. x
    times
  107. IM
    intramuscular
  108. PR
    by rectum
  109. subcut
    subcutaneous
  110. AC
    before meals
  111. PC
    after meals
  112. PRN (med frequency)
    as needed
  113. bid
    twice a day
  114. tid
    three times a day
  115. qid
    four times a day
  116. ASA
    aspirin
  117. NSAIDs
    nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
  118. g
    gram
  119. gr
    grain
  120. gtt
    drops
  121. L (med dosages)
    liter
  122. mcg
    1/M microgram
  123. mEq
    milliequivalent
  124. mg
    milligram
  125. mL
    milliliter
  126. tsp
    teaspoon
  127. C & S
    culture and sensitivity
  128. CBC
    complete blood count
  129. Hct
    hematocrit
  130. Hgb
    hemoglobin
  131. K+
    potassium
  132. Na+
    sodium
  133. PSA
    prostate specific antigen
  134. PT
    prothrombin time
  135. PTT
    partial thromboplastin time
  136. RBCs
    red blood cells
  137. WBCs
    white blood cells
  138. AOx3
    alert, oriented to person, place, date, and time
  139. C
    cervical
  140. c with line above it
    with
  141. CSF
    cerebrospinal fluid
  142. HA
    headache
  143. L
    lumbar
  144. MVA
    motor vehicle accident
  145. s with line above it
    without
  146. STAT
    immediately
  147. AMI
    acute myocardial infraction
  148. ALS
    amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  149. ARDS
    acute respiratory distress syndrome
  150. BPH
    benign prostatic hypertrophy
  151. Ca
    cancer
  152. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  153. CP
    cerebral palsy
  154. CVA
    cardiovascular accident
  155. DKA
    diabetes ketoacidosis
  156. DM
    diabetes mellitus
  157. ESRD
    end-stage renal disease
  158. MS
    multiple sclerosis
  159. RA
    rheumatoid arthritis
  160. SLE
    systemic lupus erythematosus
  161. STI
    sexually transmitted infection
  162. TIA
    transient ischemic attack
  163. URI
    upper respiratory infection
  164. UTI
    urinary tract infection
  165. CAT/CT
    computed axial tomography/computed tomography
  166. MRI
    magnetic resonance imaging
  167. PET
    positron-emission tomography

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