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