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BG blood glucose CEA cultured epithelial autograft

CFT complement-fixation test

Nursing Abbreviations CIN cervical intraepithelial neoplasm

ABG -arterial blood gases
ac - before meals BI brain injury
ACE - angiotensin converting enzyme BID twice a day
ACL -anterior cruciate ligament bilat bilateral CL cleft lip
ACTH- adrenocorticotropic hormone B/K below knee CMS circulation, motion, sensation
ADA -American Diabetes Association BM bowel movement or breast milk CO cardiac output
ADH -antidiuretic hormone BP blood pressure COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary
ADL -activities of daily living BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy disease
AFB -acid-fast bacilli BRM biologic response modifiers CP chest pain, cleft palate
AFP -alpha-fetoprotein BRP bathroom privileges CPAP continuous positive airway pressure
AGA -appropriate for gestational age BS bowel sounds CPD cephalo-pelvic disproportion
AIDS -acquired immune deficiency BSA body surface area CPP cerebral perfusion pressure
syndrome BSE breast self examination CPPD chest percussion and post drainage
AKA -above knee amputation BT bowel tones CRF chronic renal failure
ALP -alkaline phosphatase BUN blood urea nitrogen CRRT continuous renal replacement
ALT -alanine transaminase, alanine therapy
aminotransferase C CRT capillary refill time
AMA -against medical advice C&S culture and sensitivity CSF cerebrospinal fluid, colony stimulating
AMI -acute myocardial infarction Ca calcium, cancer, carcinoma factors
AOD-M adult onset diabetes mellitus CABG coronary artery bypass graft CT chest tube, computed tomography
AP apical pulse CAD coronary artery disease CVA cerebral vascular accident,
APSGN acute poststreptococcal CAPD continuous ambulatory peritoneal costovertebral angle
glomerulonephritis dialysis CVP central venous pressure
ARF acute renal failure CAT computerized tomography scan Cx cervix
ASD atrial septal defect CBC complete blood count CXR chest x-ray
AST aspartate aminotransferase CBD common bile duct
ATN acute tubular necrosis CBE clinical breast examination D
AU both ears CBG capillary blood glucose DAT diet as tolerated
AVB atrio-ventricular block CBI continuous bladder irrigation DC (dc) discontinue
CBS capillary blood sugar DCCT Diabetes Control and Complication
B CC chief complaint Trials
BBS bilateral breath sounds CCK cholecystokinin DEX (DXT) blood sugar
BE barium enema CCPD continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation
DKA diabetic ketoacidosis H IVF in vitro fertilization
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid HA headache IVP intravenous pyelography
DNR do not resuscitate Hb hemoglobin
DTR deep tendon reflex HCG human chorionic gonadotropin J
DVT deep vein thrombosis HCO3 bicarbonate JAMA Journal of the American Medical
Dx diagnosis HCT hematocrit Association
HD hemodialysis JVP jugular venous pressure
E HDL high density lipoprotein
EBV Epstein-Barr Virus HEENT head, eye, ear, nose and throat K
ECF extracellular fluid, extended care Hgb hemoglobin K potassium
facility HIV human immunodeficiency virus KCl potassium chloride
EENT eye, ear, nose and throat HRT hormone replacement therapy KI potassium iodide
EMC ensephalomyocarditis HS bedtime KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
EMG electromyogram Hx history KVO keep vein open
ERCP endoscopic retrograde
cholangiopancreatography I L
ESRD end stage renal disease IBC iron binding capacity L & A light and accommodation
ET endotracheal tube IBD inflammatory bowel disease LAD left anterior descending (artery)
IBS irritable bowel syndrome LB large bowel
F IBW ideal body weight LDL low density lipoprotein
F & R force and rhythm ICCE intracapsular cataract extraction LE lupus erythematosus
FA fatty acid ICF imtermediate care facility LFTs liver function tests
FBS fasting blood sugar ICP intracranial pressure LIJ left internal jugular
FD fatal dose, focal distance ICS intercostal space LLQ left lower quadrant
FDA Food & Drug Administration ICT inflammation of connective tissue LMP last menstrual period
Fx fracture ICU intensive care unit LP lumbar puncture
FUO fever of unknown origin IDM infant of diabetic mother LSC left subclavian
FVD fluid volume deficit IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus LUQ left upper quadrant
IE inspiratory exerciser
G IH infectious hepatitis
IHD ischemic heart disease M
GB gallbladder MAP mean arterial pressure
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease IIP implantable insulin pump
IM intramuscular MAR medication administration record
GFR glomerular filtration rate MCL modified chest lead
GGT gamma-glutamyl transferase IMV intermittent mandatory ventilation
INR international normalization ratio MDI multiple daily vitamin
GI gastrointestinal MI myocardial infarction
GOT glutamic oxalic transaminase IPD intermittent peritoneal dialysis
IPPB intermittent positive pressure MLC midline catheter
GU genitourinary MM mucous membrane
GVHD graft-versus-host-disease breathing
ITP immune thrombocytopenic purpura MoAbs monoclonal antibodies
IV intravenous MOM Milk of Magnesia
MRDD mental retarded/developmentally PCV packed cell volume RAD reactive airway disease
disabled PD peritoneal dialysis RAI radioactive iodine
MRI magnetic resonance imaging PDA patent ductus arteriosus, posterior RAIU radioactive iodine uptake
MRM modified radical mastectomy descending artery RCA right coronary artery
MS multiple sclerosis, morphine sulfate PDD pervasive development disorder RDW red cell distribution width
PDR physician's desk reference REEDA redness, edema, ecchymosis,
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy drainage, approximation
PEJ percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy RHD rheumatic heart disease, relative
N PERL pupils equal, react to light hepatic dullness
Na sodium PERRLA pupils equal, round, react to light, RIJ right internal jugular
NaCl sodium chloride accommodation RLQ right lower quadrant
NED no evidence of disease PET positron emission tomography RM respiratory movement
NICU neonatal intensive care unit PFT pulmonary function test ROM range of motion
NIDDM noninsulin dependent diabetes PG prostaglandin ROS review of systems
mellitus PH past history RSC right subclavian
NKA no known allergies PI present illness RUQ right upper quadrant
NKDA non-ketotic diabetic acidosis PICC peripherally inserted central venous Rx prescription, pharmacy
NKMA no known medcation allergies catheter
NPD nightly peritoneal dialysis PID pelvic inflammatory disease S
NPO nothing by mouth PMI point of maximal impulse S/S signs & symptoms
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug PNH paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria SAB spontaneous abortion
NTD neural tube defect PO by mouth SAST serum aspartate aminotransferase
NV nausea & vomiting PRBC packed red blood cells SB spina bifida
NYD not yet diagnosed PS pyloric stenosis SBO small bowel obstruction
PSA prostate specific antigen SGPT serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase
PT prothrombin time SLE systemic lupus erythematosus
O PTT partial thromboplastin time
OD right eye SNF skilled nursing facility
PUD peptic ulcer disease SOB short(ness) of breath
OGTT oral glucose tolerance test PVD peripheral vascular disease
ORIF open reduction internal fixation SR sedimentation rate
Px pneumothorax SS social services
OS left eye
OU both eyes STD sexually transmitted disease
Q STH somatotropic hormone
QD everyday STM short term memory
QID four times a day SUI stress urinary incontinence
qns quantity not sufficient SVR systemic vascular resistance
P QOD every other day Sx symptoms
PABA para-aminobenzoic acid qs quantity sufficient, quantity required
pc after mealsPCA patient controlled T
analgesia, posterior communicating artery R T3 triiodothyronine
PCN penicillin, primary care nurse RA rheumatoid arthritis T4 thyroxine
TBSA total body surface area VBAC vaginal birth after caeserean
TCDB turn, cough, deep breathe VF/Vfib ventricular fibrillation
TED (hose) thrombo-embolism deterrent VLDL very low density lipoprotein
TEP transesophageal puncture VMA vanillylmandelic acid
THR total hip replacement VSD ventricular septal defect
TIA transient ischemic attack VT/Vtach ventricular tachycardia
TIBC total iron binding capacity VW vessel wall
TID three times a day
TIL tumor infiltrating lymphocytes W
TKR total knee replacement W/C wheelchair
TNF tumor necrosis factor WBC white blood cell
TNM tumor, node, metastases WD well developed
TNTC too numerous to mention WHO World Health Organization
TP tuberculin precipitation WN well nourished
TPN total parenteral nutrition WNL within normal limits
TTN transient tachypnea of the newborn
TTP thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura X
TUPR trans-urethral prostatic resection
TUR (or TURP) trans-urethral resection of
the prostate Y
TWB touch weight bear
TWE tap water enema Z
Tx treatment, traction

UA urinalysis
UAO upper airway obstruction
UBW usual body weight
UGI upper gastrointestinal
UPJ ureteropelvic junction
URI upper respiratory infection
US ultrasonic
UTI urinary tract infection
UVJ ureterovesical junction

VA visual acuity