What does s/p mean?

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by lindsmith88 lindsmith88 (New) New

I know it stands for status post, but what does it actually mean? For example, deep vein thrombosis s/p inferior vena cava filter. Does it mean the patient developed DVT after having an IVC filter?



Specializes in Cath Lab/ ICU. Has 10 years experience.

It means after, so yes.

s/p ("status post") means that the client has had the procedure or event in the past. As in, "s/p appendectomy" means the person has had an appy; "s/p overdose" means the person took an overdose, etc. So, "deep vein thrombosis s/p inferior vena cava filter" would mean that the client has deep vein thrombosis and has had (an) inferior vena cava filter (placed). (IVC filter placement is a treatment for DVT -- the DVT came first, not after.)