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Chapter 2 abbreviations

Term Definition
CCU coronary care unit
ECU emergency care unit
ER emergency room
ED emergency department
ICU intensive care unit
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
SICU surgical intensive care unit
PACU postanesthesia care unit
L&D labor and delivery
OR operating room
post-op after surgery
pre-op before surgery
VS vital signs
T temperature
BP blood pressure
HR heart rate
RR respiratory rate
Ht height
Wt weight
BMI body mass index
I/O intake/outake
Dx diagnosis
DDx differential diagnosis
Tx treatment
Rx prescription
H&P history and physical
Hx history
CC Chief complaint
HPI history of present illness
ROS review of symptoms
PMHx past medical history
FHx family history
PE physical exam
Pt patient
y/o years old
h/o history of
PCP primary care provider
f/u follow up
SOB shortness of breath
PERRLA pupils are equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation
NAD no acute distress
RRR regular rate and rhythm
CTA clear to auscultation
WDWN well developed, well nourished
A&O alert and oriented
WNL within normal limits
NOS not otherwise specified
NEC not elsewhere classified
PO per os (by mouth)
NPO nil per os ( nothing by mouth)
PR per rectum (anal)
IM intramuscular
SC subcutaneous
IV intravenous
CVL central venous line
PICC peripherally inserted central catheter
Sig instructions short for signa
ad lib as desired
BID twice daily
TID three times daily
QD daily
QID four times daily
QHS at night
AC before meals
prn as needed

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