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diagnosis of PT


Hi there, I know this is probably a dumb question, but what can I say I am a nursing student and am still learning. Anyway, I went to the NICU to get my patient info today and the diagnosis was RDS and PT. I know RDS is respiratory distress syndrome, but can someone please tell me what PT is?

Thanks in advance....

NicuGal, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU. Has 30 years experience.

I'd think PreTerm, but you need to ask the nurses for a list of their approved abbreviations :)


Specializes in NICU.

Pre term would make the most sense... Also persistant tachycardia / tachypneia.....

I agree w/ the previous poster - get a list of their abbreviations


Specializes in NICU (Level 3-4), MSN-NNP. Has 6 years experience.

I agree that PT may represent preterm, however in relation to respiratory distress syndrome, I have also seen PT or PTX meaning pneumothorax.

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