a few more abbreviations?

  1. what dioes I&O stand for??? its says i&O=qshift...
    and what does prn stand for ? (something to do with meds)
    also for meds it says
    tazocin 4.5g IVPB q8h

    that means 4.5g of it every 8hours but wehat is IVBP? is it interveniously something something? *lol* sorry again! i have t learn these abbreviations somehow though
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  3. by   Ted
    "IVPB" is Intravenous Piggy Back; a medication given intravenously, that's usually attached to the main IV fluid line(usually attached to the top-most side port of the main IV fluid line).

    "PRN" is an abbreviation for a latin term pro re nata which means " as the occasion arises" . . . same as "as needed".

    Hope this is helpful.

    Ted Fiebke
  4. by   night owl
    I find it difficult to understand as to WHY you're a second year student and can't remember what you're basic abbreviations stand for and what they're all about. Sounds like it's time to crack the books alittle more maybe and STUDY....
  5. by   roachell
    I&O = intake and output.
    Learn these quick or you will become familiar with the term "Nurses eat their own". You will be eaten alive!!!
    Don't you have a Taber's (http://www.tabers.com)
    2nd year of a ADN or BSN program???
  6. by   roachell
    Sorry, I don't mean to be tough on you, I know you are under enough pressure already.
    Buy a Taber's. It will be worth every penny!
    Also see if you can make copies of the orders and take them home with you so you can become familiar with the most basic terms. If you do this be careful of confidentiality.
  7. by   Cindy_A
    Wow Ted! I'm impresssed ! You know the LATIN translation for PRN! Now I know what it REALLY stands for! Thanks!
  8. by   Ted


    Cindy . . . please don't be impressed . . . I copied the latin definition of PRN from Stedman's Medical Dictionary. I knew that PRN had a latin definition . . . just couldn't remember exactly what it was.

    Just an aside . . . there's way too many abbreviations in the medical field. Don't get me wrong, they are great as short cuts in charting!!! It's much easier to write EGD than esophageal-gastro-duodenoscopy!!! However, the more specialized the medical/surgical field, the more difficult it is to decipher (sp?) the abbreviation. It does take a lot of time . . . sometimes precious time. . . to look up obscure abbreviations known only to a specialized field.

    Cheers,

    Ted Fiebke
  9. by   semstr
    Yes, now this is great for me too!
    Can you tell me what all those things behind your names stand for? (I know RN) but things like FAAN or whatever.
    It's really hard to understand sometimes, especiallym since we don't learn these things at school. We learn English of course but not the abbreviations like, btw.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    FAAN = Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
    EKC = electrocardiogram
    EEG = electroencephalogram
    EMG = electromyogram
    EGG = birds and reptiles hatch from these

    Sorry, an orderly "GOT" me with this one. I'm so gullible.
  11. by   semstr
    Hey spacenurse,
    do you put those things behind your name or what?
    when you working fertility, you're spacenurse EGG

    Good to have a nice laugh again!
    Take care, Renee
  12. by   pama
    Your are in the second year of a nursing program? How sad you do not know the abbreviations. I suggest more studying, or perhaps return to first year. You have a long way to go!
  13. by   canoehead
    When you do clinical, hospitals generally have a list of acceptable abbreviations for that institution, and what each one means. Ours is about 5 pages long. Get a copy and carry it around when you read the charts. Repetition will make most of them easy to remember.
  14. by   semstr
    Since the hospitals here in Vienna, won't have those lists, can you please tell me.
    I've been looking at so many pages, but there is not one, which explains the abbr. behind the nurses names.
    I myself am called Dipl. (that stands for diploma) nurse.

    Take care, Renee

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