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abd
abdomen
ABR
absolute bedrest
a.c.
before meals (L. ante cibum)
ad lib
as desired (L. ad libitum
adm
admission
ADLs
activites of daily living
AFB
acid fast bacillus (Tb)
AIDS
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AKA
above-knee amputation
AL
assisted living
ALF
assisted living facility
Alz. Dis.
Alzheimer's disease
am,AM
morning (L. ante meridiem)
AMA
against medical advice, American Medical Association
amb
ambulate
AOD
adult onset diabetes mellitus
AP
apical pulse
approx.
approximately
AROM
active range of motion
ASAP
as soon as possible
ASHD
arteriosclerotic heart disease
as tol
as tolerated
ax
axillary
BID, b.i.d.
two times a day (L. bis in die)
bilat
bilateral
BKA
below-knee amputation
bld
blood
BM
bowel movement
BP, B/P
blood pressure
BR
bedrest
BRP
bathroom privileges
BS
blood sugar
BSC
bedside commode
BSE
breast self exam
c (line on top of letter)
(L. cum) with
Ca
calcium, cancer
cath
catheter
CBR
complete bedrest
cc
cubic centimeters
CCU
coronary care unit
CDC
Centers for Disease Control
CHF
congestive heart failure
cl liq
clear liquid
CMS
circulation, motion, sensation
c/o
complains off, care of
CNA
certified nursing assistant
CNS
central nervous system
CPR
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CVA
cerebrovascular accident, stroke
CVP
central venous pressur
CVS
cardiovascular system
DAT
diet as tolerated
dc
discontinue
dischg
discharge
DJD
degenerative joint disease
DM
diabetes mellitus
DNR
do not resuscitate
LTC
long-term care
LUQ
left upper quadrant
LVN
Licensed Vocational Nurse
M.D.
medical doctor
meds
medications
MI
myocardial infarction
min
minute
ml
milliliter
mmHg
millimeters of mercury
MMR
measles mumps rubella
mod
moderate
MRSA
methicillin-resistant staph aureus
MS
multiple sclerosis
N/A
not applicable
N.A.
nursing assistant
N/C
no call
neg
negative
NF
nursing facility
NIDDM
non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA
no known allergies
NPO
nothing by mouth
N,V,andD
nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
NWB
non-weight-bearing
O2
oxygen
OBRA
Omnibus Budget Reconcilliation Act
OOB
out of bed
occ
occasionally
OJ
orange juice
OPD
outpatient department
O.R.
operation
os
mouth
OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
oz
ounce
p
after
PACU
post anesthesia care unit
P.A.S.S.
pull, aim, squeeze, sweep (acronym)
pc, p.c.
after meals (L. post cibum)
PCA
patient controlled anesthesia
PEG
percutaneous enteral anesthesia
per os
by mouth
peri care
perineal care
pm, PM
afternoon
PNS
peripheral nervous system
po
by mouth (L. per os)
PPE
personal protective equipment
pos.
positive
pre op
before surgery
prep
preparation
p.r.n., prn
when necessary (L.pro re nata)
PROM
passive range of motion
PSA
prostatic specific antigen (blood test for cancer)
pt.
pint
PVD
peripheral vascular disease
PWB
partial weight-bearing
q
every (. Quaque)
qd
every day (L. quaque die)
qh, qhr
every hour (L. quaque hora)
qhs
every night at bedtime
VRE
vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
vs
vital signs
WBC
white blood cell
w/c
wheel chair
WNL
within normal limits
wt.
weight
DOA
dead on arrival
DOB
date of birth
DON
director of nursing
Dr.
doctor
DRG
diagnostic related group
drsg
dressing
DVT
deep vein thrombosis
ECG, EKG
electrocardiogram
EEG
electroencephalogram
ER
emergency room
ETOH
alcohol
FBAO
foreign body airway obstruction
FBS
fasting blood sugar
FF
force fluids
FLD
fluid
fsbs
fingerstick blood sugar
ft
foot
FUO
fever of unknown origin
FWB
full weight bearing
FYI
for your information
F/U, f/u
follow up
fx
fracture
geri chair
geriatric chair
GI
gastointestinal
h, hr, hr
hour (L. houra)
H20
water
H/A
headache
HBV
hepatitis B virus
HIV
human immunodeficiency virus
HOB
head of bed
HOH
hard of hearing
hs
hour of sleep
ht
height
HTN
hypertension
hyper
above normal, too fast, rapid
hypo
low less than normal
I&O
intake and output
ICU
intensive care unit
IDDM
insulin dependant diabetes mellitus
inc
incontinent
iri, irrig
irrigation
I.V.
intravenously
isol
isolation
JCAO
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations
K+
potassium
kg
kilogram
l(Fr. Litre)
liter
L
left
lab
laboratory
lb
pound (L.libra)
LLE
left lower extremity
lg
large
liq
liquid (L. liquor
LLQ
lowe left quadrant
LOC
level of consciousness
LPN
Licensed Practical nurse
lt.
left
q2h, q3h, q4h
every 2 hours, every 3 hours, every 4 hours
q.i.d., qid
four times a day (L. quarter in die)
q.o.d.
every other day
Q.S.
evry shift or once a shift
quad
four, quadraplegic
R
respirations, right
RTA
rheumatoid arthiritis
R.A.C.E.
Remove people closest to fire; Alarm pulled, Close Doors and Windows, Extinguish Fire (Acronym)
RBC
red blood count
reg
regular
rehab
rehabilitation
req.
requisition
res.
resident
resp
respiration
R.I.C.E.
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (acronym)
RLE
right lower extremity
RLQ
right lower quadrant
RN
Registered nurse
R/O
rule out
ROM
range of motion
RR
respiratory rate
rt.
right
RUE
right upper extremity
RUQ
right upper quadrant
s
with (L. sine)
ss
one-half (L. semi, semisse)
sm.
small
SNAFU
situation normal, all fouled up
SNF
skilled nursing facility
spec.
specimin
SOB
shortness of breath
S&S, S/S
signs and symptoms
SSE
soapsuds enema
staph
staphylococcus
stat
immediately (L. statim)
STD
sexually transmitted disease
strep
streptococcus
std. prec.
standard precautions
T.
temperature
TB
tuberculosis
T,C, DB
turn, cough, and breathe deep
temp
temperature
TIA
transient ischemic attack
t.i.d., tid
three times a day (L. ter in die)
TLC
tender loving care
TPN
total parenteral nutrition
T.P.R.
temperature, pulse, and respiration
TURP
transuretheral resection of the prostrate
TWE
tap water enema
Tx
traction, treatment
U/A, u/a
urinalysis
UGI
upper gastrointestinal
unk
unknown
URI
upper respritory infection
UTI
urinary tract infection
vag.
vaginal