Medical Abbreviations

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Medical Abbreviations
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t.i.d. =
three times a day
q.i.d. =
four times a day
qd =
daily
NPO =
nothing by mouth.
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p.c. =
after meals
p.r.n. =
as needed
p.o. =
by mouth
q.h. =
every hour
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a.m. =
morning
ADLs =
activities of daily living
BP =
blood pressure
cc =
cubic centimeter (same as ml)
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CPR =
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
EMS =
Emergency Medical Services
mmHg =
millimeters of mercury
BR or br =
bed rest
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brp or BRP =
bathroom privileges
ASAP =
as soon as possible
BM =
bowel movement
CC =
chief complaint
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cl liq =
clear liquids
cm =
centimeter
DAT =
diet as tolerated
D/C =
discontinue; discharge
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DNR =
do not resuscitate
DOA =
dead on arrival
DOB =
date of birth
Dr. =
doctor
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Dx or dx =
diagnosis
ECG or EKG =
electrocardiogram
gtt or gtts =
drop; drops
HOB =
head of bed
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I&O =
intake and output
Gm or g =
gram
H&P =
history and physical
HS =
hour of sleep; bedtime
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IV =
intravenous
Kg or kg =
kilogram
L&D =
labor and delivery
lb =
pound
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LLQ =
left lower quadrant
LMP =
last menstrual period
LUQ =
left upper quadrant
mg =
milligram
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MRI =
magnetic resonance imaging
N/A =
not applicable
N/V or N&V =
nausea and vomiting
OOB =
out of bed
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oz =
ounce
PDR =
Physician’s Desk Reference
p.m. =
afternoon
PPE =
personal protective equipment
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Fx =
fracture
q2h =
every 2 hours
qod =
every other day
RLQ =
right lower quadrant
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RUQ =
right upper quadrant
Rx =
prescription
T=
temperature
VS = vital signs
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Tbs or tbsp =
tablespoon
tsp =
teaspoon
TPR =
temperature, pulse, respiration
w/c =
wheelchair
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WNL =
within normal limits
wt =
weight
y/o =
years old
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less than
Stat =
now
Interpreting abbreviations
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Pt is to be OOB ad lib.
Elevate HOB 45° prn for 30 min pc.
Cl liq x 24h; then DAT.
ASA 1 tab q6h prn headache.
TPR and BP ASAP and q4h.
BRP ad lib.
I&O q8h.
• D/C IV p EKG.
• MRI of RUQ stat.
• Move pt to ICU stat; strict BR; I&O
q2h.
• D/C to home in a.m. F/U with PT in
one week.
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