What does A.C.B. mean?

  1. I have an order for a med that I'm to give tomorrow that reads as follows: "Protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg; 40mg=1 tab, EC tab, ACB"

    I assume that the EC tablet is an extended release, and I know that a.c. means before meals, so does A.C.B. mean before meal breakfast?

    ~Wave
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    If it does indeed mean that, than it is an unapproved abbreviation. This points to standardization of abbreviations. I'm an experienced RN and I would not have a clue what this could mean.

    Need to clarify with your instructor and obtain a list of approved abbreviations used at that facility. Good luck.
  4. by   dani_girl
    I have no idea... but I thought EC usually meant enteric coated??
  5. by   sirI
    EC=enteric coated

    ACB=acute bacterial attacks of chronic bronchitis

    But, not sure if what you have here is a misprint or not.

    I totally agree with traumaRUs.
  6. by   dani_girl
    Tried looking in my abbrievation book and online... I can't find it any where Wave, but now you have to tell me it will drive me nuts.. last year my pt was admitted for FUO and i couldn't find it anywhere,, my teacher had no clue either, neither did the nurses tx her!!! turns out (after tracking down the doctor and make a big @ss of my self.... it meant
    Fever of Unknown Origin... are you freaking serious! (and if everyone but me knew this and the people on the floor.. sorry.. but I couldn't find it anywhere!!) how hard is it to write FEVER
  7. by   jmgrn65
    Quote from Wave
    I have an order for a med that I'm to give tomorrow that reads as follows: "Protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg; 40mg=1 tab, EC tab, ACB"

    I assume that the EC tablet is an extended release, and I know that a.c. means before meals, so does A.C.B. mean before meal breakfast?

    ~Wave
    I don't understand most of the order. protonix isn't enteric coated and that is what ec means. ACB I don't have a clue. but it has me thinking.
  8. by   sirI
    FUO is a very common dx when provider unsure of etiology of the febrile illness.

    ICD-9 Code is 780.6 - Fever/FUO
  9. by   sirI
    Quote from jmgrn65
    I don't understand most of the order. protonix isn't enteric coated and that is what ec means. ACB I don't have a clue. but it has me thinking.
    Protonix is a delayed-release preparation, but it is enterically coated:

    PROTONIX is prepared as an enteric-coated tablet so that absorption of pantoprazole begins
    only after the tablet leaves the stomach.
    http://www.wyeth.com/content/ShowLabeling.asp?id=135
  10. by   Wave
    Sorry, my bad dani_girl, I'm a little crazy trying to look up like 40 or 50 meds!

    ~Wave
  11. by   morte
    Quote from Wave
    I have an order for a med that I'm to give tomorrow that reads as follows: "Protonix (pantoprazole) 40 mg; 40mg=1 tab, EC tab, ACB"

    I assume that the EC tablet is an extended release, and I know that a.c. means before meals, so does A.C.B. mean before meal breakfast?

    ~Wave
    i would think you are probably right about it, since it is given on an empty stomach....but the AC should be lower case and with a line over
  12. by   llg
    Many years ago, my roommate had a patient admitted with an injury in FOP. As a learning exercise, her instructor required her to track what FOP stood for -- which meant tracking down the resident who had rotated to another service since writing that admission note.

    When she finally tracked him down, she learned that he had meant that the patient had injured herself in a "fall off porch." She had fallen at home off her porch!

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