Approved Abbreviations

Approved Abbreviations

The list of approved abbreviations below is provided for your convenience and use in client charts and documentation. Please use only the abbreviations below. Have questions about an abbreviation? Click here to review nursing abbreviations and symbols to avoid and contact our Nursing Department for further clarification.

Abbreviation Used in place of…
AC
Before meals
ASA
Aspirin
BID
Twice daily
BP
Blood pressure
BS
Bowel sounds
BUN
Blood urea nitrogen
CAD
Coronary artery disease
CBC
Complete blood count
c/o
Complains of
CHF
Congestive heart failure
CP
Chest pain
Cr
Creatinine
CRF
Chronic renal failure
CRI
Chronic renal insufficiency
CT
Computerized tomography
CTA
Clear to auscultation
CXR
Chest x-ray
d/c
Discharge
DM
Diabetes mellitus
DNR
Do not resuscitate
ESR
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
EtOH
Alcohol
F
Female
FBS
Fasting blood sugar
FLP
Fasting lipid panel
f/u
Follow-up
GI
Gastrointestinal
GU
Genitourinary
HA
Headache
HbA1C
Hemoglobin A1C
Hct
Hematocrit
HCTZ
Hydrochlorothiazide
Hgb
Hemoglobin
H/H
Hemoglobin and hematocrit
h/o
History of
HS
Bedtime
HTN
Hypertension
Hx
History
IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome
I/O
Ins and outs
ISS
Insulin sliding scale
IV
Intravenous
IVF
Intravenous fluid
JVD
Jugular venous distention
K
Potassium
L
Left
Lat
Lateral
LE
Lower extremity
M
Male
mg
Milligram
mL
Milliliter
MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging
MS
Multiple Sclerosis
MVI
Multivitamin
Na
Sodium
BS
Bowel sounds
NAD
No acute distress
Neuro
Neurologic
NGT
Nasogastric tube
NKDA
No known drug allergies
NPO
Nothing by mouth
NSAID
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
N/V/D
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
OT
Occupational therapy
PE
Pulmonary embolism
PERRLA
Pupils equally round and reactive to light and accommodation
PO
Orally
PPD
Purified protein derivative (tuberculosis test)
PR
Rectally
PRN
As needed
PT
Physical therapy
PVD
Peripheral vascular disease
QAC
Before every meal
QHS
Every night
QID
Four times daily
R
Right
RRR
Regular rate and rhythm
SEM
Systolic ejection murmur
SOB
Shortness of breath
SocHx
Social history
T&A
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TAH
Total abdominal hysterectomy
TID
Three times daily
UA
Urinalysis
UE
Upper extremity
URI
Upper respiratory infection
U/S
Ultrasound
UTI
Urinary tract infection
VS
Vital signs
WBC
White blood cell count
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