Health Care Abbreviations

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a

before

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c

with

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s

without

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ac

before meals (ante cibum)

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pc

after meals (post cibum)

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hs

hours of sleep or bedtime

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ad lib

as desired (ad libitum)

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po

by mouth (per os)

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NPO

nothing by mouth (nil per os)

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PR

per rectum

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PRN

as needed

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q*

every

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h, hr

hour

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bid

twice a day

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sl

sublingual

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SubQ, SC*, SQ*

subcutaneous

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IM

intramuscular

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IV

intravenous

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gtt

drop (unofficially used for drip too)

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STAT

immediately

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ASAP

as soon as possible

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SPO2

Saturation of Peripheral Oxygen (Oxygen saturation)

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SOB

shortness of breath

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O2

oxygen

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RA

room air

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IS

incentive spirometer

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RR*

respiratory rate

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HR

heart rate

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BP

blood pressure

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SBP

systolic blood pressure

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DBP

diastolic blood pressure

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BS*

bowel sounds, breath sounds, blood sugar

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c/o*

complaints of or complains of

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BM

bowel movements

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NKA

No Known Allergies

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NKDA

No Known Drug Allergies

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I & O

intake and output

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LUE

left upper extremity

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RUE

right upper extremity

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LLE

left lower extremity

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RLE

right lower extremity

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RUQ

right upper quadrant

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LUQ

left upper quadrant

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RLQ

right lower quadrant

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LLQ

left lower quadrant

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ADL

activities of daily living

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SBA

standby assist

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OOB

out of bed

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HOB

head of bed

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BRP

bathroom privileges

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BR

bedrest

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SCD

sequential compression device

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VS

vital signs

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pt

patient

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Dx

diagnosis

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Hx

history

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PT

physical therapy

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DNR

do not resuscitate

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DNAR

do not attempt resuscitation

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OT

occupational therapy

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BSC

bedside commode

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MAR

medication administration record

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EMAR, eMAR

Electronic medication administration record

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wt, wgt

weight

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g, gm

gram

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kg

kilogram

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mg

milligram

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mcg

microgram

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L, l

liter

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mL, ml

milliliter

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mEq

milliequivalent

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mm

millimeter

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cm

centimeter

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MD

medical doctor

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RN

registered nurse

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HoH

Hard of Hearing