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Medical Abbreviattions

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Medical Abbreviattions NURS 105

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A list of the common mis-used medical abbreviations
Julie A. Steele
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medical, MedicalTerminology, Nursing




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Keara Williams on Tuesday September 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to NURS 105 at Liberty University taught by Julie A. Steele in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Nursing in Medical Terminology at Liberty University.

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Date Created: 09/27/16
Keara Williams September 7, 2016 NURS 105 M EDICAL A BBREVIATIONS C HART Common Medical Abbreviations Abbreviation Long Form  Definition 1 Bp Blood Pressure Pressure of blood in the circulatory system 2 Dx Diagnosis Identification of the nature of an illness or problem of the symptoms 3 Fl Fluid Substance (liquid or gas) tending to flow 4 Hr Heart Rate The number of heartbeats per unit of time 5 Hx History Narrative or record of past events and circumstances 6 Inj Injection The act or an instance of injecting a drug or other substance into the body 7 Vs Vital Signs Determination of temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, and level of blood pressure 8 A&O Alert and Oriented (Awake) Patient knows who they are, where they are, what date or time it is and recent events 9 Palp. Palpate, Palpated,  (Examination with the hands) Touching, Palpable feeling, or perceiving by the sense of touch 10 Sp. Fl. Spinal Fluid Clear liquid produced in the ventricles of the brain; fills and protects cavities in the brain and spinal cord 11 STAT Immediately Urgent or Rush 12 Tx Treatment, Traction Management and care of a patient 13 UTI Urinary tract infection An infection in any part of your urinary system 14 Px, PX Physical Examination An evaluation of the body and its functions 15 OR Operation room Room especially equipped for the performance of surgical operations 16 Int. Internal Of or situated on the inside 17 MICU Medical intensive Care A 20 bedding unit providing acute care Unit  for adult and geriatric critically ill medical patients 18 J, Jt. Joint Area where two bones are attached  19 N. Nerve A bundle of fibers that uses electrical and Keara Williams September 7, 2016 NURS 105 chemical signals to transmit sensory and motor information from one body part to another 20 NICU Neonatal Intensive Intensive care unit for premature and ill Care Unit newborn babies Abbreviations to Avoid Incorrect Correct Abbreviatio Abbreviation Long Form Definition n 1 Mg μg Microgram Unit of mass equal to one billionth 2 Os PO, Per Os By mouth, Orally Taken orally 3 IV IJ Injection Act or an instance of injecting a drug or other substance into the body 4 0, 4, CC U Unit A distinct part of a hospital, usually having a specific physical location  5 IV, 10 IU International unit An internationally accepted amount of a substance 6 IM IN Intranasal Lying within or administration by way of the nasal structures 7 SL SC Subcutaneous Situated or applied under the skin 8 55 SS Sliding Scale Refers to the progressive increase in pre­meal or nighttime insulin doses 9 AD, AS, AU AU Both ears Right ear,  left ear 10 OD, OS, OU OU Both eyes Left eye, Right eye Keara Williams September 7, 2016 NURS 105 References Scholarly Source:  Presents, A. L. (2014, March 10). The dangers of commonly misused medical terms. Retrieved  September 7, 2016, from­dangers­of­commonly­misused­ medical­terms/ ISMP. (2015). ConsumerMedSafety.Org ­ prevent medication errors. Retrieved September 7,  2016, from­and­resources/medication­safety­tools­ and­resources/know­your­medicine/unsafe­medical­abbreviations Common medical abbreviations ­ MPR. (2016). Retrieved September 7, 2016, from­medical­abbreviations/section/1026/


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