Common Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Abd

Abdomen

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ABGs

Arterial blood gases

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a.c.

before meals

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ACLS

Advanced cardiac life support

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Ad lib

As desired

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ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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AKA

Above-the-knee amputation

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AMA

Against medical advice

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ASA

Aspirin

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ASAP

As soon as possible

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BE

Barium enema

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BKA

Below-the-knee amputation

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BM

Bowel movement

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BMI

Body mass index

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BP

Blood pressure

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BPH

Benign prostatic hypertrophy

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BPM

Beats per minute

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C

celcius

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C&S

culture and sensitivity

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Ca

Calcium ; cancer

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CABG

Coronary artery bypass graft

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CAD

Coronary artery disease

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CBC

Complete blood count

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CC

chief complaint

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CDC

Centers for disease control and prevention

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cm

centimeter

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CMS

Centers for medicare and medicaid services

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CNS

central nervous system

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CP

Chest pain

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CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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c/o

complains of

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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Csf

cerebrospinal fluid

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CT

computed tomography

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BRP

Bathroom privileges

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BSA

body surface area

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BUN

blood urea nitrogen

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Bx

biopsy

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with

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D/C '; dc

discharge, discontinue

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DM

Diabetes mellitus

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DNR

Do not resuscitate

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DOB

Date of birth

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DTap

diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

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Dx

diagnosis

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ECG, EKG

electrocardiogram

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ED

Emergency department

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EEG

Electroencephalogram

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ENT

ear, nose, and throat

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F

Fahrenheit

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FBS, FBG

fasting blood sugar/glucose

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f/u

follow up

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FUO

fever of unknown origin

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Fx

Fracture

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GI

gastrointestinal

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GTT

glucose tolerance test

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gtt

drop

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GU

genitourinary

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GYN

gynecology, gynecologist

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H, hr

hour

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Hct

hematocrit

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HEENT

Head, ears, eyes, nose, throat

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HF

heart failure

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Hgb

hemoglobin

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Cv

cardiovascular

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CVA

cerebrovascular accident (stroke)

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CXR

chest x-ray

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d

Day

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D&C

dilation and curettage

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HIV

human immunodeficiency virus

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HPV

human papillomavirus

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HTN

Hypertension

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Hx

history

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I&D

Incision and drainage

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I&O

intake and output

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ICU

intensive care unit

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IUD

intrauterine device

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K

potassium

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KUB

kidneys, ureters, bladder

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L

Liter or left

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lb

pound

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LLE

left lower extremity

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LLL

Left lower lobe

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LLQ

left lower quadrant

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LMP

Last menstrual period

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LUE

Left upper extremity

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LUQ

left upper quadrant

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mg/dL

milligrams per deciliter

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MI

myocardial infarction

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mL

Milliliters

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MM

Mucous membrane

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mm Hg

millimeters of mercury

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MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

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MS

multiple sclerosis

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HIPAA

health insurance portability and accountability act

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NB

Newborn

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NG

Nasogastric

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NKA/NKDA

no known allergies/ no known drug allergies

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NPO

nothing by mouth (nil per os)

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NS

normal saline

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