1. would anyone want to list some medical abbreviations I may need to learn? I like to get a good head start thanks,Michelle ps. I have my book,been going over it,but it really doesnt list many abbreviations.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Most abbreviations are no longer acceptable to be used. One can mean a completely different thing to those working on another unit.
  4. by   CNAMichelle
    I was speaking of cna basic abbrev.'s
  5. by   nrsin4
    In my CNA class we learned 130 abbreviations and we had 40 on our class final. Then we got to clinicals at the hospital and there were signs posted at every single nurses' "mini-station" that said, "SAVE A LIFE...DON'T ABBREVIATE". I asked about it and they said, "Yeah, you should take one of these signs to your instructor so that they don't waste time teaching you those anymore." The only abbreviation that is still allowed at the hospital is NPO (nothing by mouth).

    The funny thing is the nursing/health college that I took my class at is connected to the hospital that I did clinicals at, so you'd think they'd follow what the hospital does.
  6. by   AudreyJ
    We still use a bunch of abbreviations at our facility but the main ones we use are NPO, PRN, and q2h (and the like). We always use PRN in upper case because prn in lower case can sometimes be mistaken for pm.
  7. by   RN2BMU2009
    c: with
    Npo: nothing by mouth
    PRN: as needed
    Q: every
    BID: twice a day
    TID: three times a day
    AC: before meals (remember about to chow)
    PC: after meals (remember post chow)
    BRP: bathroom privledges
    BSC: bedside commode
    Ad lib: at discretion
    noc: night
    ROM: range of motion
    hopefully you will be employed in a place were all documentation is on the computer and you won't have to worry about it at all. Most of these you will only remember through repitition on the job.
  8. by   CNAMichelle
    thanks a lot!
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    The CNA textbook should have plenty of abbreviations that you should know. While it is true that many are no longer used, you have to learn them during the course. The ones mentioned are the most common ones that I learned.
  10. by   PBAJS
    adding to the above ...

    adl: activities of daily living
    bm: bowel movement
    hob: head of bed
    hs/hs: hour of sleep; bedtime
    i&o: intake and output
    oob: out of bed
    ot: occupational therapy
    pt/pt: patient
    pt: physical therapy
    qd/qd: every day
    q2hr/q2hr: every two hours
    tpr: temperature, pulse, respiration
    vs: vital signs
    w/c: wheel chair

    temperature: 98.6 po/po = by mouth; 98.6 r = rectal; 98.6 ax = axillary

    nas: no added salt
    ncs: no concentrated sweets

  11. by   CNAMichelle
    thanks for all those pbajs! and thanks to everyone else,I also found a site online that named 161 common abbreviations,so I got some index cards and made 60 flashcards,studied them ,had the hubby call them out to me and I now know 60 new abbreviations.gonna make 60 more today....course I know I probably don't need to know that many,but what is it gonna hurt? I enjoy learning them.:typing
  12. by   locolorenzo22
    Well, let's many of these are now just 2nd nature
    AC before meals
    P after
    T=Three times
    Q=four times
    ROM=range of motion
    CPM=continous passive motion machine
    OOB= out of breath
    geez, I'm lost when actually trying to describe them.....
  13. by   CNAMichelle
    hi,thanks! Is oob-out of bed and out of breath? or just a typo? I know sob is short of breath. thanks again!
  14. by   locolorenzo22
    Ok, so I was packing up my room, and getting rid of a lot of old papers/handouts/etc. and happened upon the following list of here goes...

    a.c.=before meals
    ad. lib=as desired
    AP= apical pulse

    bid-twice a day
    BM= bowel movement
    BP=blood pressure
    BR= bedrest
    BRP=bathroom privledges

    CBC=complete blood count
    CBR= complete bedrest
    CC= cheif complaint
    c/o= complains of
    CPR= cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    C&S = culture and sensitivity

    drsg= dressing

    EKG= Electrocardiogram

    HOB= head of bed
    HS= bedtime
    I&O= intake and output
    NPO=nothing by mouth
    o2= oxygen
    PRN= as needed
    q= every

    Hope these help!