Question about nursing abbreviations

  1. I am a new grad LPN who is just starting a job in LTC. I have noticed the nurses using an abbreviation that I am
    unfamiliar with. It is a "T" with a dot over it. Can anyone tell me what this means?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   86toronado
    I think what your talking about is actually a one over another one (1/1). Usually I see this on I&O sheets (referring to BM's) or on handwritten MARs for pills. Is that where you're seeing it?
  4. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    It's actually an old apothecary notation that indicates "one" using Roman numerals. Two looks like a table with two dots over it, three has three legs and three dots, four is IV with a lid and one dot and so on. No one uses that much any more except for one and two.
  5. by   jensmomrn11
    Thank you for the response. I am seeing the one and the two. I am a new nurse and we were not taught
    this abbreviation in school and was wondering what it meant.
  6. by   elkpark
    Quote from janfrn
    It's actually an old apothecary notation that indicates "one" using Roman numerals. Two looks like a table with two dots over it, three has three legs and three dots, four is IV with a lid and one dot and so on. No one uses that much any more except for one and two.
    Speak for yourself -- I use them every day (but, then, I'm now officially an old battleaxe) ... :spin:
  7. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    I was a pharmacy tech in another life and saw them all the time, especially when the scripts came from the senior physician population. I still use 1,2 and 3 but don't usually go farther than that. (Most of my coworkers are the same ages as my kids...)

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