Nursing Abbreviations 1

  1. AC
    Before Meals
  2. ACTH
    adrenocorticotrophic hormone

    Explaination: Activated by CRH in response to stress. Goes to the adren gland to regulate steriod secretion
  3. ADL
    activities of daily living
  4. ad lib
    as desired
  5. AFB
    acid fast bacteria

    Explaination: Have a waxy cell wall. Resistant to treatment. Hard to kill. Ex. TB
  6. amp.

    Explaination: a sealed bowl containing a solution especially for injections
  7. Amt.
  8. ant.
  9. ASA
    acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin
  10. BID
    twice daily
  11. bilat.

    Explaination: Affecting the right and left side of the body
  12. BM
    bowel movement
  13. BP
    blood pressure
  14. BPH
    benign prostatic hypertrophy

    Explaination: proliferation of the cellular elements of the prostate. May enlargen and restrict the flow of urine from the bladder
  15. BRP
    bathroom privileges confinement
  16. BRBPR
    Bright red bleeding per rectum
  17. C
  18. _
  19. CA

    Explaination: a cancer that begins in a tissue lining the inner or outter surface of the body
  20. Cal
  21. Cap.

    Explaination: a soluble container enclosing a dose of medicine
  22. CBC
    complete blood count
  23. CC
    chief complaint
  24. C&DB
    cough and deep breath
  25. CHF
    congestive heart failure

    Explaination: when the pumping of the heart weakens to the point that it can not deliever the blood the body needs
  26. Cl
  27. cm
  28. CNS
    central nervous system
  29. c/o
    complaint of
  30. CO2
    carbon dioxide
  31. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Explaination: a disease that makes it difficult to breath. airways become smaller and cough up mucus
  32. CPR
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    Explaination: emergency procedure which is performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person in cardic arrest. 
  33. CSF
    cerebral spinal fluid
  34. CVA
    cerebral vascular accident

    Explaination: stroke is a rapid loss of brain function(s) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain
  35. DAT
    diet as tolerated
  36. D&C
    dilatation & curettage

    Explaination: refers to the dilation of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the lining of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping (curettage)
  37. Disc. or D/C
  38. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion

    Explaination: breathlessness due to low oxygen levels from overbreathing
  39. DM
    diabetes mellitus

    Explaination: when the pancreas no longer produces enough insulin or cells stop responding to the insulin that is produced, so that glucose in the blood cannot be absorbed into the cells
  40. DSD
    Dry sterile dressing
  41. D/T
    due to
  42. Dx
  43. ED
    Emergency Department
  44. EEG

    Explaination: is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.
  45. EKG or ECG

    Explaination: is a test that records the electrical activity of the heart.
  46. ENT
    ear, nose, throat
  47. ETOH
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Nursing Abbreviations 1
Nursing Avvreviations for quiz matching and application first week of school