Abbreviations

  1. Can someone give me a list of abbreviations that are used in the Texas Area Colleges? I want to go ahead and start studying these. Thanks in advance.
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  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    what kind of abbreviations?

    are you talking about things like:

    q = every

    PO = per oral (by mouth)

    pt. = patient

    IM = intramuscular

    IV = intravaneous

    SubQ = subcutaneous

    d = (as in 2 q d) = daily

    BID = twice daily (every 12 hours) or q 12 hrs

    TID = three times daily (every 8 hours) or q 8 hrs

    QID = four times daily (every 6 hours) or q 6 hrs



    These are just a few, there are many, and from what I found different Dr.s use different abbreviations.
  4. by   stephera
    Yes, exactly!!
    Quote from Fun2Care
    what kind of abbreviations?

    are you talking about things like:

    q = every

    PO = per oral (by mouth)

    pt. = patient

    IM = intramuscular

    IV = intravaneous

    SubQ = subcutaneous

    d = (as in 2 q d) = daily

    BID = twice daily (every 12 hours) or q 12 hrs

    TID = three times daily (every 8 hours) or q 8 hrs

    QID = four times daily (every 6 hours) or q 6 hrs



    These are just a few, there are many, and from what I found different Dr.s use different abbreviations.
  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    OK, here are a couple of more that popped in mind:


    NPO = Nothing per oral (as in no food before a procedure)

    Hx = History

    Dx = Diagnosis

    Rx = Reaction or some use as Prescription

    qh = every hour

    QOD = every other day

    also, you can use q6h, q12h to shorten the q __ hrs info I posted earlier

    R = Right

    L = Left

    BP = Blood pressure




    I'm sure you can search MSN or yahoo for medical terminology, or medical abbreviations to help you. Like I said, different Dr.s used different terms, so don't get stuck on one specific way.
    Last edit by Fun2, RN, BSN on Dec 24, '04
  6. by   stephera
    That is what I was wondering about different abbreviations for different offices!! I have printed up some. So do I remember both if there is two different ones? Thanks for your reply.
    Quote from Fun2Care
    OK, here are a couple of more that popped in mind:


    NPO = Nothing per oral (as in no food before a procedure)

    Hx = History

    Dx = Diagnosis

    Rx = Reaction or some use as Prescription

    qh = every hour

    QOD = every other day

    also, you can use q6h, q12h to shorten the every 2 hours info I posted earlier

    R = Right

    L = Left

    BP = Blood pressure




    I'm sure you can search MSN or yahoo for medical terminology, or medical abbreviations to help you. Like I said, different Dr.s used different terms, so don't get stuck on one specific way.
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    The more you use these, it just comes natural. If you see an abbreviation you don't know, just ask someone.

    As for learning them all.....you just tend to adjust to each employment....use the common abbreviation for that facility.

    For example, if you se rx for reaction, and Rx for prescription, use those terms that way....just remember in the back of your mind that these can be different somewhere else.
  8. by   Fox
    Thanks for posting those abbreviations.

    Quote from Fun2Care
    The more you use these, it just comes natural. If you see an abbreviation you don't know, just ask someone.

    As for learning them all.....you just tend to adjust to each employment....use the common abbreviation for that facility.

    For example, if you se rx for reaction, and Rx for prescription, use those terms that way....just remember in the back of your mind that these can be different somewhere else.
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Your very welcome. I hope it helps!
  10. by   PennyLane
    I'm not in TX, but here are some I've see quite regularly throughout school and clinicals:

    HTN = hypertension

    SOB = shortness of breath

    PMH = past medical history

    CP = chest pain

    CXR = chest x-ray

    U/O = upon arrival

    RUQ = right uppper quadrant

    RLQ = right uppper quadrant

    LUQ, LLQ = left upper and lower quadrants

    BS x 4 quads = bowel signs in all 4 quadrants (also sometimes BS + all 4 quads)

    N/V/D = nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

    SQ or SC = subcutaneous

    PR = per rectum

    SL = sublingual

    A + O x 3 = alert and oriented times three (person, place and time). In psych sometimes you see O x 4 for person, place, time, and situation.

    NSS = normal saline solution

    WNL = within normal limits
  11. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Thanks, PennyLane. Some of those I recognized, and others are beyond my wisdom. :chuckle

    As a medical assistant, I haven't been introduced to so many abbreviations yet...thanks again!
  12. by   bsnrnoh
    these appear to be national standard as they are all the same in Ohio


    Good luck
  13. by   Jamesdotter
    Isn't there a movement afoot to eliminate abbreviations?

    OD Right eye ocular dexter
    OS Left eye ocular sinister
    OU Both eyes Does anyone know what the "u" stands for?
  14. by   bellcollector
    I don't know what the u is for either. I have heard that the list of acceptable abrev. has been decreased and in some facilities not used at all. My former employer did not allow them at all. The one I work at now allows them. A few I thought of:

    os =mouth
    NPO =nothing per os(mouth)
    c with a line over it =with
    p with line over it =after
    a with line over it =before
    BLE =bilateral lower extremity
    PRN =as needed
    BS =blood sugar or bowel sounds

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