Nursing Abbreviations

A.K.

Above knee

AMA

Against medical advice

amb.

Ambulate

amp.

Ampule/ Amputation

ant.

anterior

A/P

anterior/posterior

approx.

approximately

appt.

appointment

ax

axillary

B.K.

Below Knee

BM

Bowel Movement

BMR

basal metabolism rate

BRP

bathroom privileges

C

Centigrade, Celsius

cath

catheter, catheterize

CBC

complete blood count

CC

Chief complaint

chr.

chronic

cm

centimeter

C.M.

costal margin

c/o

complains of

CO2

carbon dioxide

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

C.S.F.

cerebrospinal fluid

D.S.D.

dry sterile dressing

D.T.R.

deep tendon reflexes

Dx

diagnosis

EEG

electroencephalogram

EENT

eyes, ears, nose, throat

Eg.

for example

EKG or ECG

electrocardiogram

ENT

ear, nose, throat

F

Fahrenheit

F.B.S.

fasting blood sugar

Fr

French (denotes size of catheter tube)

FUO

fever of unknown origin

Gen

general

GI

gastrointestinal

GTT

glucose tolerance test

GU

genitourinary

Gyn

gynecology

HCT

hematocrit

HGB

hemoglobin

I & D

incision and drainage

ID

identification

i.e.

That is

Inf.

inferior

Int.

internal

Irreg

irregular

irrig

irrigation

lb

pound

LLL

left lower lobe

LLQ

left lower quadrant

LP

lumbar puncture

LUL

left upper lobe

LUQ

left upper quadrant

mm

millimeter

Nec

necessary

Neg

negative

0

Negative

O2

Oxygen

OOB

out of bed

OR

operating room

P.

pulse rate

palp.

palpable

Per

by or through

PERL

pupils equal react to light

P.M.I.

point of maximal impulse

PR

per rectum

P.T.

physical therapy

R. or Resp.

respiration rate

RBC

red blood cell count

Re

concerning

RLL

right lower lobe

RLQ

right lower quadrant

RML

right middle lobe

ROS

review of systems

R.S.A.

right sacro-anterior

R.S.P.

right sacro-posterior

R.S.T.

right sacro-transverse

RUQ

right upper quadrant

SOB

shortness of breath

subQ or Sub-Q

subcutaneous

Supp.

suppository

T & A

tonsils and adenoids

T/O

telephone order

T.P.

total protein

T.P.R.

temperature, pulse, respiration

V.O.

verbal order

Vol.

volume

WBC

white blood count

WC

wheelchair

3x4

gauze dressing folds 3" x 4

2x2

gauze dressing folds 2" x 2

(triangle)

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