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.
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.
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.
Npo: nothing by mouth
PRN: as needed
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
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.
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.
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: 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
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
Well, let's see...so many of these are now just 2nd nature
AC before meals
ROM=range of motion
CPM=continous passive motion machine
OOB= out of breath
geez, I'm lost when actually trying to describe them.....