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MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS
Abbreviations are often used to facilitate and shorten written narratives. This is an acceptable practice as long
as universally recognized and understood abbreviations are used. The following are medical abbreviations that
are acceptable for use by EMS personnel. This is not an all inclusive list.
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abd
ACE
A/E
AIDS
ALS
AMI
A+O or
A/0
A-P
ASHD
AV
b.i.d.
BM
BP
BS
BVM
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C1, C2
Ca
CA
CABG
CAD
cap
CBC
C.C.
CCU
Chemo
CHF
cm
CNS
c/o
CO2
COPD
CPR
CSF
CT
CVA
CXR
D/C
diff
DM
Possible, questionable
Fracture
Abdomen
Angiotension converting enzyme
Air entry
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
Advanced Life Support
Acute myocardial infarction
Alert and oriented
Anteroposterior (front to back)
Arteriosclerotic heart disease
Atrioventricular
Twice a day
Bowel movement
Blood pressure
Blood sugar
Bag-valve-mask
With
First, Second cervical vertebra
Calcium
cancer or carcinoma
Coronary artery bypass graft
Coronary artery disease
Capsule
Complete blood count
Chief complaint
Coronary care unit
Chemotherapy
Congestive Heart Failure
Centimeter
Central Nervous System
Complains of
Carbon dioxide
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Cerebral spinal fluid
Computed tomography (CT Scan)
Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
Chest x-ray
Discontinue; discharge
Differential, difficulty
Diabetes mellitus
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DOB
DOE
DT
DVT
Dx
ECG
EEG
EMR
EMT
ENT
ER
EtOH
FH
FHR
FUO
g
GB
GERD
GI
gtt
GU
GYN
HBV
HD
HIV
h/o
H2O
h.s.
HSV
HTN
Hx
HxPI
I&D
ICU
IDDM
IM
I&O
IV
K+
kg
L
Lt
L1, L2
LA
Lat
LB
LLQ
LMP
LP
LUQ
LV
LVH
m
MD
Date of birth
Dyspnea on exertion
Delirium tremens
Deep vein thrombosis
Diagnosis
Electrocardiogram (aka EKG)
Electroencephalogram
Emergency Medical Responder
Emergency Medical Technician
Ears, nose throat
Emergency room
Ethyl alcohol
Family history
Fetal heart rate
Fever of unknown origin
Gram
Gallbladder
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Gastrointestinal
Drop, drops
Genitourinary
Gynecology
Hepatitis B virus
Hemodialysis
Human immunodeficiency virus
History of
Water
At bedtime
Herpes simplex virus
Hypertension
History
History of present illness
Incision & drainage
Intensive care unit
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Intramuscular
Intake & output
Intravenous
Potassium
Kilogram (1000 grams)
Liter; lower
Left
First, second lumbar vertebra
Left atrium
Lateral
Large bowel
Left lower quadrant
Last menstrual period
Lumbar puncture
Left upper quadrant
Left ventricle
Left ventricle hypertrophy
Meter
Medical doctor; muscular dystrophy
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mets
mg
MI
mL
Mm
Mm
HGHH
MRI
MS
N2O
Na+
NIDDM
NKA
NKDA
NPO
NSAID
NSR
O2
OA
OPD
OR
P
PAC
Px
PEA
Per
PERL
PHx
PID
p.m.
PMHx
PND
PNS
Prep
p.r.n.
Pt
PTA
PVC
q
q.d.
q.h.
q2h
q.i.d.
R
Rt
RA
RBC
RLQ
R/O
ROM
ROS
RR
RT
Rt
Metastases
Milligram (1/1000 gram)
Myocardial infarction
Milliliter (1/1000 liter)
Millimeter (1/1000 meter)
Millimeters of mercury
Magnetic resonance imaging
Multiple sclerosis; musculoskeletal
Nitrous oxide
Sodium
Non-insulin dependent diabetes
No known allergies
No known drug allergies
Nothing by mouth
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Normal sinus rhythm
Oxygen
Osteoart hrities
Outpatient department
Operating room
Pulse / Parity
Premature atrial contraction
Physical examination
Pulseless electrical activity
By
Pupils equal and reactive to light
Past history
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Afternoon
Past medical history
Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
Peripheral nervous system
Prepare for
As needed
Patient
Prior to admission
Premature ventricular contraction
Every
Each day
Each hour
Each two hours
Four times a day
Respiration
Right
Rheumatoid arthritis
Red blood cell
Right lower quadrant
Rule out
Range of motion
Review of systems
Respiration rate; recovery room
Respiratory Technologist
Right
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RUQ
RV
Rx
S+S
S1, S2
SA
SA
SOB
Sc
Stat
STD
Strep
Sx
T
T1, T2
TA
Tab
TB
TIA
t.i.d.
Tx
UE
UGI
Umb
Ung
U/O
URI
VF
VS
VT
WBC
WNL
Wt(s)
Yrs, yo
Right upper quadrant
Right ventricle
Prescription
Signs and symptoms
First, second sacral vertebra
Sinoatrial node
Sublingual
Shortness of breath
Subcutaneous
Immediately
Sexually transmitted disease
Streptococci (bacteria)
Symptoms
Temperature
First, second thoracic vertebra
Therapeutic abortion
Tablet
Tuberculosis
Transient ischemic attack
Three times a day
Treatment
Upper extremity
Upper Gastrointestinal
Umbilicus
Ointment
Urine output
Upper respiratory infection
Ventricular fibrillation
Vital signs
Ventricular tachycardia
White blood cell
Within normal limits
Weight
Year(s) old
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