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
May 24, '03Yeah, that OR thing...that is Operating Room...what do they use for that if it's already taken up?
po it is...
May 24, '03We 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.
May 24, '03p.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)
May 24, '03PO here. I thought that the PO stood for the Latin term meaning "by mouth"? Was I wrong?
May 24, '03Why 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.
May 24, '03Why not give the OR med rectally? Since we are making up abbreviations we might think OR is "Of Rectum". Just kidding.
May 25, '03Have 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?
May 25, '03Now, 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
May 26, '03Sounds 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
May 26, '03Perfectly 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...I kept forgetting that she had no idea what b.i.d. meant.....
May 26, '03Originally 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 ...I kept forgetting that she had no idea what b.i.d. meant.....
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.
May 28, '03I think OR means "operating room." PO means "per oral" and has been the standard definition for years.