Abreviation Help

  1. I am a student, on an elderly placement, and I am stuck on a few abreviations, my mentor gave me to learn, Can anyone help me please? This isn't taking the easy way out, these are all I have list of 50, I have tried searching the web, and hitting the books, but I have had no luck with these:


    Thanks in advance. Whisper
    P.S. I also posted this on the Student Nurses board. Hope that is allowed.
    Last edit by Whisper on Dec 9, '01
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    Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 1,177; Likes: 24
    Staff nurse; from UK
    Specialty: Cardiolgy


  3. by   Dazedgiggle
    I think I may know a few of them, CXR where I am is Chest x-ray, PALS is pediatric advanced life support, CABG is coronary artery bypass graft, and TIA is transient ischemic attack. I've never seen the others, but maybe other nurses in other areas will know them. Hope this is a help.
  4. by   donmurray
    Hope I can help, don't recognise all.

    cxr chest x-ray
    adr adverse drug reaction
    tci to come in.....usually an expected admission.
    cabg coronary artery bypass graft
    tia transient ischaemic attack
    bd twice daily (it's greek to me!)
  5. by   Whisper
    Thanks very much, It was a great help. Also I never knew that The British and American Nurses used different abbreviations, or different meanings for the same abbreiations.

    Sorry if this doesn't make much sense, but I just witnessed my first crash, and I am not really up to typing messages at the minute, I just wanted to say thanks.
  6. by   night owl
    BD=bad day! LOL, I have lots of BDs, but mostly I have GDs

    Haven't a clue to what it really means... I'm curious myself...anyone?
  7. by   mtgirl63
    EMD is emergency medical department
    and I think everyone answered the others.
  8. by   Whisper
    Thanks very much every one, I have now sat and gone through the list with my mentor, so I can tell you all what I should have put.

    CXR Chest Xray
    EMD Electro Meachanical Dissasociation
    ADR Adverse Drug Reaction
    PALS Patient Advice and Liason Sercvice
    TCI To Come In
    CABG Coranary Artery Bypass Graft
    TIA Trans Ischaemic Attack
    BD Twice Daily

    Thanks for the help, I really apreciate it, as I am having great fun trying to get my head around all these abreviations. Especially as I wasn't told the context of the list, and they can mean more than one thing
  9. by   mtgirl63
    Hmmm, I learned a few I didn't know today. It's dangerous having abbrev. that can be more than one thing, such as the EMD -- alot of things we're better off writing them out than using the abbreviation!
  10. by   Mike-CPN-UK
    Hi all,

    Good point MT. In the UK we're not supposed to use abbreviations.


    Mike <hehe>
  11. by   Whisper
    After all, I am just a student, and we are being taught abreviations, which has come in quite handy because without a basic grasp I would have been well and trully lost in handovers