Medical abbreviations...

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    I'm looking for a listing of common medical abbreviations, either to download to PDA or just a list I can print out and enter myself.

    I have Taber's on my PDA so all of the harder abbreviations are on there (tests, chemical elements, etc.) but not the really common ones like WM-white male, oc-office call, tx-treatment...those types of things.

    TIA,

    Lorraine
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    within the past several months, the medical/nsg abbreviations that we were accustomed to using are now no longer valid and we're not allowed to use them anymore. that's because there were too many errors reading these abbreviations.

    your facility or school should have the current list of acceptable abbreviations.

    leslie
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    Quote from LorraineCNA
    I'm looking for a listing of common medical abbreviations, either to download to PDA or just a list I can print out and enter myself.

    I have Taber's on my PDA so all of the harder abbreviations are on there (tests, chemical elements, etc.) but not the really common ones like WM-white male, oc-office call, tx-treatment...those types of things.

    TIA,

    Lorraine
    Lorraine: This is a list that I have of some of the basic abbreviations that we learned in my CNA class last week. Hope this is helpful to you.

    Diagnoses

    CHF congestive heart failure

    COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    CVA cerebrovascular accident

    DD developmentally disabled

    HOH hard of hearing

    MI Myocardial Infarction

    MS Multiple Sclerosis

    SOB short of breath

    staph staphylococcus

    TIA transient ischemic attack

    URI upper respiratory infection

    UTI urinary tract infection

    VD venereal disease



    Measurements



    c centigrade

    cc cubic centimeters

    F Fahrenheit

    gm gram

    ht height

    lb pound

    mg milligram

    ml milliliter

    oz ounce

    ss one half

    tbsp (Tbsp) tablespoon

    tsp teaspoon

    wt weight

    > greater than

    < less than

    = equals

    # number, pound



    Times



    ac before meals

    ad lib as desired

    ASAP as soon as possible

    bid two times a day

    pc after meals

    prn as necessary

    qh every hour

    qid four times a day

    stat immediately

    tid three times a day

    x times



    No longer abbreviated times and must be written out:



    hour of sleep

    every day

    every other day



    Patient Orders and Charting



    ADL activities of daily living

    amb ambulate or ambulatory

    BM bowel movement

    B/P (BP) blood pressure

    BRP bathroom privileges

    Ĉ with

    cath catheterize, catheterization

    c/o complains of

    CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    dc, DC discontinue

    DNR do not resuscitate

    FF (ff) force fluids

    I&O intake and output

    L with a circle drawn around Left

    NPO nothing by mouth

    N&V nausea and vomiting

    OOB out of bed

    peri perineal

    po (PO) by mouth

    Pt pt patient

    R with a circle drawn around Right

    ROM range of motion

    ŝ without

    SSE soap suds enema

    TLC tender loving care

    TPR temperature, pulse, respiration

    TWE tap water enema

    VO verbal order

    VS vital signs

    WC wheel chair

    ♀ female

    ♂ male



    Places and Titles



    DON director of nursing

    GI gastrointestinal

    Gyn gynecology

    NG nasogastric

    Ot occupational therapy

    Pt physical therapy

    SLP speech / language / pathologist

    SW social worker



    Miscellaneous



    30 cc 1 ounce (oz)

    6 tsp

    2Tbsp



    H2o Water

    O2 Oxygen
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    Per JCAHO, we are no longer supposed to use the term "cc"......now everything is in "ml".
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    Anything that is not on a facility's list of approved abbreviations I would clarify, just so the doc (or whoever abbreviated) can't alter what the abbreviation was meant to represent at a later time. Most hospitals are really cracking down on abbreviations anyway to comply with JCAHO.
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    Quote from allamericangirl
    Lorraine: This is a list that I have of some of the basic abbreviations that we learned in my CNA class last week. Hope this is helpful to you.

    Diagnoses

    CHF congestive heart failure

    COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    CVA cerebrovascular accident

    DD developmentally disabled

    HOH hard of hearing

    MI Myocardial Infarction

    MS Multiple Sclerosis

    SOB short of breath

    staph staphylococcus

    TIA transient ischemic attack

    URI upper respiratory infection

    UTI urinary tract infection

    VD venereal disease



    Measurements



    c centigrade

    cc cubic centimeters

    F Fahrenheit

    gm gram

    ht height

    lb pound

    mg milligram

    ml milliliter

    oz ounce

    ss one half

    tbsp (Tbsp) tablespoon

    tsp teaspoon

    wt weight

    > greater than

    < less than

    = equals

    # number, pound



    Times



    ac before meals

    ad lib as desired

    ASAP as soon as possible

    bid two times a day

    pc after meals

    prn as necessary

    qh every hour

    qid four times a day

    stat immediately

    tid three times a day

    x times



    No longer abbreviated times and must be written out:



    hour of sleep

    every day

    every other day



    Patient Orders and Charting



    ADL activities of daily living

    amb ambulate or ambulatory

    BM bowel movement

    B/P (BP) blood pressure

    BRP bathroom privileges

    Ĉ with

    cath catheterize, catheterization

    c/o complains of

    CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    dc, DC discontinue

    DNR do not resuscitate

    FF (ff) force fluids

    I&O intake and output

    L with a circle drawn around Left

    NPO nothing by mouth

    N&V nausea and vomiting

    OOB out of bed

    peri perineal

    po (PO) by mouth

    Pt pt patient

    R with a circle drawn around Right

    ROM range of motion

    ŝ without

    SSE soap suds enema

    TLC tender loving care

    TPR temperature, pulse, respiration

    TWE tap water enema

    VO verbal order

    VS vital signs

    WC wheel chair

    ♀ female

    ♂ male



    Places and Titles



    DON director of nursing

    GI gastrointestinal

    Gyn gynecology

    NG nasogastric

    Ot occupational therapy

    Pt physical therapy

    SLP speech / language / pathologist

    SW social worker



    Miscellaneous



    30 cc 1 ounce (oz)

    6 tsp

    2Tbsp



    H2o Water

    O2 Oxygen

    Thanks so much for the list. I went to the JCAHO site and found lists of abbreviations that are now NOT acceptable, but nothing on what IS (aside from recommendations on what to use in place of the NON-acceptable abbreviations).

    Lorraine
    CNA
    almost MA
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    Greatly appreciated!

    Lorraine
    CNA
    almost MA
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    I found a wonderful site that helps with abbreviations.
    quizlet.com and search for abbreviation flash cards. I just printed out the medical abbreviations and pharmaceutical abbreviations. This website was suggested by the online course I just finished called "Medication Administration".


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