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Question about nursing abbreviations

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I am a new grad LPN who is just starting a job in LTC. I have noticed the nurses using an abbreviation that I am

unfamiliar with. It is a "T" with a dot over it. Can anyone tell me what this means?

86toronado, BSN, RN

Specializes in neurology, cardiology, ED. Has 5 years experience.

I think what your talking about is actually a one over another one (1/1). Usually I see this on I&O sheets (referring to BM's) or on handwritten MARs for pills. Is that where you're seeing it?

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

It's actually an old apothecary notation that indicates "one" using Roman numerals. Two looks like a table with two dots over it, three has three legs and three dots, four is IV with a lid and one dot and so on. No one uses that much any more except for one and two.

Thank you for the response. I am seeing the one and the two. I am a new nurse and we were not taught

this abbreviation in school and was wondering what it meant.

It's actually an old apothecary notation that indicates "one" using Roman numerals. Two looks like a table with two dots over it, three has three legs and three dots, four is IV with a lid and one dot and so on. No one uses that much any more except for one and two.

Speak for yourself -- I use them every day (but, then, I'm now officially an old battleaxe) ...

NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

I was a pharmacy tech in another life and saw them all the time, especially when the scripts came from the senior physician population. I still use 1,2 and 3 but don't usually go farther than that. (Most of my coworkers are the same ages as my kids...)

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