Med Abbreviations Medical Abbreviation

Question Answer
ac Before meals
ad lib As desired
AKA Above the knee amputation
amb Ambulatory
bid Twice daily
BM Bowel movement
BKA Below the knee amputation
BP, B/P Blood Pressure
BR Bedrest
BRP Bathroom privileges
bsc, BSC Bedside commode
c With
c/o Complains of
CA Cancer
CAD Coronary artery disease
CAL Chronic airflow limitation
CBC Complete blood count
CBR Complete bedrest
CHF Congestive heart failure
COPD Chronic obstructive Lung disease
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
DAR Data, action, response
DAT Diet as tolerated
DM Diabetes mellitus
DNR Do not resuscitate
drsg, dsg Dressing
Dx Diagnosis
ECG, EKG Electrocardiogram
FX Fracture
GI Gastrointestinal
gtt(s) Drop(s)
GU Genitalurinary
H&H Hemoglobin and hematocrit
h, hr Hour
H2O Water
Hct Hemocrit
Hgb Hemoglibin
HTN Hypertension
I & O Intake and Output
ID Intradermal
IDDM Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
IM Intramuscular
IV Intravenous
IVP Intravenous push
IVPB Intravenous piggyback
MI Myocardial ischemia
NC Nasal cannula
NG Nasogastric
NIDDM Non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA No known allergies
NKDA No known drug allergies
NPO Nothing per mouth
O2 Oxygen
OA Osteoarthritis
OOB Out of bed
pc After meals
PEG Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PO, po By mouth
PRN, prn When necessary
q Every
QA Quality assurance
qid Four times per day
QSEN Quality and safety education for nurses
RA Rheumatoid arthritis
s Without
SBAR Situation, background, assessment, recommendation
SL Sublingual
Subcut Subcutaneous
SX, sx Symptoms
THR Total hip replacement
tid Three times per day
TKR Total knee replacement
TPR Temperature, pulse, respiration
TX, tx Treatment
VS, vs Vital signs
WNL Within normal limits

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