Abbreviation for ointment

  1. I was just making notes of some abbreviations for dosage forms and saw "ung" listed as the abbreviation for ointment. What I was wondering is if this is actually what nurses, doctors, etc. use in practice? To me it seems I have only ever seen "oint" used as the abbreviations? Any thoughts on this?
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    ung is the standard.

    leslie
  4. by   appleberry
    Thank you!
  5. by   SweetseRN
    I <3 when people point out these abbreviations, helps me remember. But it is Latin [L.] unguentum (ointment).
  6. by   RNOTODAY
    ung is it
  7. by   PinkRocksLikeMe
    I guess I have been documenting poorly. We have a list of approved and NO NO words...lol

    I usually write something like TAO applied to wound....etc
  8. by   xtxrn
    Ung is the term that orders used to be written in (and I'm sure some still are) but nobody is going to ding you for writing 'ointment'. Especially since some of the older apothecary terms aren't used- grains used to be the standard way to have Tylenol and aspirin ordered ..... APAP X gr po q4h prn pain or temp over 101.0 F .... then (I don't remember when- but I used to use grains a lot !) the trend went to mgs. Drams.... I only remember seeing that a few times.
  9. by   FLArn
    Ung is the correct abbreviation for ointment as previous posters have indicated. However, the trend now is moving away from using any abbreviations so check your facility's list of approved abbreviations and if it's not there; spell it out (including TAO).
  10. by   That Guy
    I have seen it charted as oink before. I didnt know where I was supposed to slather the pig.
  11. by   caliotter3
    I saw ung for the first time used by the DPCS at a previous agency. Since then, I've only seen it a few times. I usually use and see "oint".
  12. by   nurseprnRN
    what the heck is tao? lemme guess a bit here, it's a wound care thang, so, umm, touch and umm, ah, nope, that doesn't work. tacos and onions? i know honey can be good for yucky wounds (really), but seems like the taco shell might be irritating. terrible awful occlusive? keeps the smell down, i guess.

    is this some sort of local abbreviation?
  13. by   MunoRN
    What's wrong with "ointment"?
  14. by   SaraO'Hara
    Quote from grntea
    what the heck is tao? lemme guess a bit here, it's a wound care thang, so, umm, touch and umm, ah, nope, that doesn't work. tacos and onions? i know honey can be good for yucky wounds (really), but seems like the taco shell might be irritating. terrible awful occlusive? keeps the smell down, i guess.

    is this some sort of local abbreviation?
    triple antibiotic ointment, most likely.

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