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abd

abdomen

2

ABR

absolute bedrest

3

ac, a.c.

before meals

4

ad lib

as desired

5

ADLs

activities of daily living

6

adm.

admission

7

AIDS

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

8

amb

ambulate, ambulatory

9

amt

amount

10

ap

apical

11

AROM

active range of motion

12

ASAP

as soon as possible

13

as tol

as tolerated

14

ax.

axillary (armpit)

15

BID, b.i.d.

two times a day

16

BM

bowel movement

17

BP, B/P

blood pressure

18

BPM

beats per minute

19

BR

bedrest

20

BRP

bathroom privileges

21

BSC

bedside commode

22

c

with

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C

Centigrade

24

CA

cancer

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cath.

catheter

26

CBC

complete blood count

27

CBR

complete bedrest

28

CCU

cardiac care unit, cardiovascular care unit

29

CDC

Centers for Disease Control

30

C. diff

clostridium difficile

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CHF

congestive heart failure

32

ck

check

33

cl liq

clear liquid

34

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

35

CNA

certified nursing assistant

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CNS

central nervous system

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c/o

complains of, in care of

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COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

39

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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CS

central supply

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CVA

cerebrovascular accident, stroke

42

CVP

central venous pressure

43

CVS

cardiovascular system

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CXR

chest X-ray

45

DAT

diet as tolerated

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DM

diabetes mellitus

47

DNR

do not resuscitate

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DOA

dead on arrival

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DOB

date of birth

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DON

director of nursing

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Dr., DR

doctor

52

drsg

dressing

53

DVT

deep vein thrombosis

54

Dx, dx

diagnosis

55

ECG, EKG

electrocardiogram

56

EMS

emergency medical services

57

ER

emergency room

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exam

examination

59

F

Fahrenheit

60

FBS

fasting blood sugar

61

FF

force fluids

62

ft

foot

63

F/U, f/u

follow-up

64

FWB

full weight-bearing

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FYI

for your information

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geri chair

geriatric chair

67

GI

gastrointestinal

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H2O

water

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h, hr, hr.

hour

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H/A, HA

headache

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HBV

hepatitis B virus

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HHA

home health aide

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HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

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HIV

human immunodeficiency virus

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HOB

head of bed

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HS, hs

hours of sleep

77

ht

height

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HTN

hypertension

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hyper

above normal, too fast, rapid

80

hypo

low, less than normal

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ICU

intensive care unit

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inc

incontinent

83

I&O

intake and output

84

isol

isolation

85

IV, I.V.

intravenous (within a vein)

86

L, lt

left

87

lab

laboratory

88

lb.

pound

89

lg

large

90

LOC

level of consciousness

91

LPN

licensed practical nurse

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LTC

long-term care

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LTCF

long-term care facility

94

LVN

licensed vocational nurse

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MD, M.D.

medical doctor

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MDS

minimum data set

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meds

medications

98

MI

myocardial infarction

99

min

minute

100

mL

milliliter

101

mm Hg

millimeters of mercury

102

mod

moderate

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MRSA

methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

104

MSDS

material safety data sheet

105

NA

nursing assistant

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N/A

not applicable

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N/C

no complaints, no call

108

NG, ng

nasogastric

109

NKA

no known allergies

110

NPO

nothing by mouth

111

NVD

nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

112

NWB

non-weight-bearing

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OBRA

Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

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OOB

out of bed

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OR

operating room

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OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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OT

occupational therapist/therapy

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oz

ounce

119

p

after

120

pc, p.c.

after meals

121

PCA

patient-controlled analgesia

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PEG

percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

123

peri care

perineal care

124

per os

by mouth

125

PHI

protected health information

126

PNS

peripheral nervous system

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PO

by mouth

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post-op

after surgery

129

PPE

personal protective equipment

130

pre-op

before surgery

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p.r.n., prn

when necessary

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PROM

passive range of motion

133

PT

physical therapist/therapy

134

PVD

peripheral vascular disease

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PWB

partial weight-bearing

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q

every

137

q2h
q3h
q4h

every two hours
every three hours
every four hours

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qh, qhr

every hour

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R

respirations, rectal

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R, rt.

right

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RBC

red blood cell/count

142

rehab

rehabilitation

143

res.

resident

144

resp.

respiration

145

RF

restrict fluids

146

R.I.C.E.

rest, ice, compression, elevation

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RN

registered nurse

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R/O

rule out

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ROM

range of motion

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RR

respiratory rate

151

s

without

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SNF

skilled nursing facility

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SOB

shortness of breath

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SP

Standard Precautions

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spec.

specimen

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S&S, S/S

signs and symptoms

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SSE

soapsuds enema

158

staph

staphylococcus

159

stat, STAT

immediately

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std. prec.

Standard Precautions

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STI

sexually-transmitted infection

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strep

streptococcus

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T., temp

temperature

164

TB

tuberculosis

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TIA

transient ischemic attack

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t.i.d., tid

three times a day

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TLC

tender loving care

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TPN

total parenteral nutrition

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TPR

temperature, pulse, and respiration

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TWE

tap water enema

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U/A, u/a

urinalysis

172

URI

upper respiratory infection

173

UTI

urinary tract infection

174

VRE

vancomycin-resistant enterococcus

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VS, vs

vital signs

176

WBC

white blood cell/count

177

w/c, W/C

wheelchair

178

WNL

within normal limits

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wt.

weight