Abbreviation:PO vs OR - page 2

OK, here I go: I was always taught that the abbreviation for oral meds is PO. I always used that and thought it was the standard. Our computer charting software uses I believe, Medispan (I think!)... Read More

  1. by   panda_181
    Yeah, that OR thing...that is Operating Room...what do they use for that if it's already taken up?

    po it is...

    Amanda
  2. by   nursesearl
    We have 3M for homecare documentation, and the abbreviation used to be OR, but now it is spelled out oral. Everyother place it's been PO.
  3. by   2ndCareerRN
    p.o.: Abbreviation meaning by mouth, orally (from the Latin "per os", by mouth). One of a number of hallowed abbreviations of Latin terms that have traditionally been used in prescriptions. Some others:

    a.c. = before meals (from "ante cibum", before meals)
    b.i.d. = twice a day (from "bis in die", twice a day)
    gtt. = drops (from "guttae", drops)
    p.c. = after meals (from "post cibum", after meals)
    p.r.n. = when necessary (from "pro re nata", for an occasion that has arisen, as circumstances require, as needed)
    q.d. = once a day (from "quaque die", once a day)
    q.i.d. = four times a day (from "quater in die", 4 times a day)
    q._h.: If a medicine is to be taken every so-many hours (from "quaque", every and the "h" indicating the number of hours)
    q.h. = every hour
    q.2h. = every 2 hours
    q.3h. = every 3 hours
    q.4h. = every 4 hours
    t.i.d. = three times a day (from "ter in die", 3 times a day)
    ut dict. = as directed (from "ut dictum", as directed)
    Looks like someone just sat down and made up their own abbreviation. Probably didn't even know a lot of medical terms come from Latin.

    bob
  4. by   BMS4
    PO here. I thought that the PO stood for the Latin term meaning "by mouth"? Was I wrong?
  5. by   BMS4
    oops, looks like bob and I posted at the same time. Thanks.
  6. by   sphinx
    Why am I not surprised at the responses so far?! :roll

    Keep 'em coming......it's funny, cuz my supervisor didn't realize that the computer had us abbreviate oral as OR, and when the orders were being printed out, there has been some...confusion.

    BTW, this charting software is used in homecare. We use MYSIS, which-like I said-uses what I think is "medispan"-for the meds.
  7. by   flowerchild
    Why not give the OR med rectally? Since we are making up abbreviations we might think OR is "Of Rectum". Just kidding.
  8. by   jadednurse
    Have never seen "by mouth" abbreviated as OR, always po. Sphinx, were there any other strange abbreviations w/ this computer application or was this the only one?
  9. by   er_nurse_tracey
    Now, I must be the only one here have seen a young Dr abbreviate by mouth as OR, but that was only ever once -
    But really, have always gone by PO ----> By Mouth and OR
    ------->Operating Room

    Tracey
  10. by   Dayray
    Sounds like the software company is just putting a positive spin on it. The program was probebly written by people unfamiler with medical abrivation. Funny thing is that OR is like a combination of PO and PR lol so I guess that means you can do either P
  11. by   ktwlpn
    Perfectly understandable as it has been stated that the software program is used in homecare....Remember that in homecare the families are providing a great deal of the care and often unlicensed personnel are "assisting" the patient with their meds......Sphinx-were do you work? Did they pick up the program cheap? My mother was on hospice care for several months-nothing pizzed off my sister more then when I used medical abbreviations...I kept forgetting that she had no idea what b.i.d. meant.....
  12. by   sphinx
    Originally posted by ktwlpn
    Perfectly understandable as it has been stated that the software program is used in homecare....Remember that in homecare the families are providing a great deal of the care and often unlicensed personnel are "assisting" the patient with their meds......Sphinx-were do you work? Did they pick up the program cheap? My mother was on hospice care for several months-nothing pizzed off my sister more then when I used medical abbreviations...I kept forgetting that she had no idea what b.i.d. meant.....
    Well, I guess it would maybe be understandle except the med records are for our use only.......they are entered into the computer, and from there they generate a printed order to be sent to the doctor to sign (and honestly, the print outs are what look so confusing with "OR" as the abbreviation, it looks like you are using the term as in "either this OR that". What I did for any lay person that might be assiting with meds in the home was either write a chart by hand (not using medical abbreviations! ) or make one up on the computer. I don't do private duty, they might do things differently, having to have an actual med sheet on hand for the private duty LPN to dispense meds. But they of course, are licensed and would understand the abbreviations used.

    As for picking the program up cheap...I truly have no idea. I do know the product is/was still in beta, and we have been working bugs out for MONTHS. It also seems that it may have been designed for a smaller agency than ours. In any case, the med section is done by a seperate entity, which the charting software incorporates into itself.

  13. by   luvbug
    I think OR means "operating room." PO means "per oral" and has been the standard definition for years.

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