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APPROVED ABBREVIATIONS
ADMINISTRATIVE 1.0
A
AAA
AAO
ABC
abd
ABG
abn
AB
AC
A/C
ACLS
AED
p
A-Flutter
A-Fib
AHA
ALS
AIDS
AICD
AMI
AMS
amt.
angio
ant/ANT
Ao
A&O
A&O x1
A&O x2
A&O x3
A&0 x4
A/P
approx
appy
APGAR
APS
ASAP
PRN
ASA
@
AVPU
avg
AVJ
AVM
AVR
Ax
abdominal aortic aneurysm
awake, alert, oriented
airway, breathing, circulation
abdomen
arterial blood gasses
abnormal
abortion
antecubital
assist/control
advanced cardiac life support
automatic external defibrillator
after
Atrial Flutter
Atrial fibrillation
American Heart Association
Advanced Life Support
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Acute Myocardial Infarction
altered mental status
amount
angiography
anterior
aortic
alert and oriented
alert and oriented to person
alert and oriented to person and place
alert and oriented to person, place, time
alert and oriented to person, place, time, event
anterior posterior
approximately
appendectomy
Appearance, Pulse rate, Grimace, Activity, Respiratory effort
Adult Protective Services
as soon as possible
as needed
Aspirin
at
Alert, Verbal, Pain, Unresponsive
average
atrioventricular junction
arteriovenous malformation
aortic valve replacement
axillary
B
a
BAT
BBB
BCP
bilat
BKA
bld
before
blunt abdominal trauma
bundle branch block
birth control pills
bilateral
below knee amputation
blood
BICARB
BLS
BM
BPM
BSA
BVM
BRB
BUE
Sodium bicarbonate
basic life support
bowel movement
beats per minute
body surface area
Bag valve mask
bright red blood
bilateral upper extremity
C
C
CABG
CAD
CAO
Ca++
CA
CO
CO²
C-spine
Cap
cath
CBC
centigrade
coronary artery bypass graft
coronary artery disease
Conscious alert oriented
Calcium
Cancer
carbon monoxide
carbon dioxide
cervical spine
capillary
catheter
complete blood count
CCC
CCU
CEB
CHD
chemo
CHF
∆
CHI
cl
Cm
cmpd
CNS
cont
COPD
c/o
CP
CPS
CPR
CR
CRF
Cric
C/S
CSF
CSM
CTA
CV
CVA
Cx
CXR
continuous cardiac compressions
Coronary Care Unit/Cardiac Care Unit
clear, equal bilaterally
congenital heart disease
chemotherapy
Congestive Heart Failure
change
closed head injury
clear
centimeter
compound
central nervous system
continued
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
complains of
chest pain
Child Protective Services
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
capillary refill
chronic renal failure
cricoid
cesarean section
cerebrospinal fluid
circulation, sensation, motion
clear to auscultation
cardiovascular
cerebrovascular accident
cervix
chest x-ray
D
D W
Dextrose 10% in water
DW
Dextrose 5% in water
DB
DBP
D&C
↓
defib
Dept
Detox
dep
D&I
diff
dist
DJD
DKA
DM
DNR
DO
DOA
DOB
DOE
dom
DOS
DP
DPS
Dr.
gtts
gtts/min
drsg
DTO
DTR
DTs
DVT
Dx
difficulty breathing
diastolic blood pressure
dilation and curettage
decrease
defibrillation
department
detoxification
dependent
dry and intact
difficulty
distal
degenerative joint disease
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
diabetes mellitus
Do Not Resuscitate
Doctor of Osteopathy
dead on arrival
date of birth
dyspnea on exertion
domestic
dead on scene
dorsalis pedis
Department of Public Safety
Doctor
drops
drops per minute
dressing
danger to others
deep tendon reflex
Delirium Tremens
deep venous thrombosis
diagnosis
EBL
ECHO
ECG or EKG
ED
EDC
Educ
EEG
EF
EGA
e.g.
EJ
EMSCOM
EMS
EMT
EMT-B
EMT-I
EMT-P
E
estimated blood loss
echocardiogram
electrocardiogram
emergency department
expected date of confinement
education
electroencephalogram
ejection fraction
estimated gestational age
for example
external jugular
Emergency Medical Services Communications
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SYSTEM
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
Emergency Medical Technician- Intermediate
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
10
5
ENT
EOM
ER
E&R
ERRLA
Estab
ET
ETA
ETCO2
ETOH
ETT
exp
expl lap
Extrm
Equal
ear, nose, throat
extraocular movements
emergency room
equal and reactive
equal, round, react to light, accommodation
established
endotacheal
estimated time of arrival
end tidal carbon dioxide
ethanol alcohol
endotracheal tube
expiratory
exploratory laparotomy
extremity
=
F
♀
FA
FB
FD
feb
fem
FHx
FHR
FHT
Fahrenheit
female
forearm
foreign body
fire department
febrile
femoral
family history
fetal heart rate
fetal hear tones
1
FN
freq
FSBG
F/U
FUO
Fx
Fwy
first degree or primary
Flight Nurse
frequency
finger stick blood glucose
follow-up
fever unknown origin
fracture
freeway
GB
GTube
GI
GU
GCS
GFR
Gluc
G1, G2, etc.
GCS
GFR
GFR
Gluc
gm
G1, G2, etc.
GSW
GYN
gallbladder
gastrostomy
gastrointestinal
genitourinary
glascow coma scale
grunting, flaring and retracting
glucose
Gravida 1, Gravida 2, etc
glascow coma scale
grunting, flaring and retracting
grunting, flaring and retracting
glucose
gram
Gravida 1, Gravida 2, etc.
gun shot wound
gynecology
F
o
G
H
H/A
HB
HO
headache
heart block
water
HBP
HCO³
Hct
HCTZ
Hep B, C
HEENT
Hg
Hgb
HIPAA
HIV+
Hx/o
HOB
HPI
H&P
HPV
hr
HS
HT
HTN
Hx
hyst
high blood pressure
bicarbonate
hematocrit
hydrochlorothiazide
hepatitis
head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
mercury
hemoglobin
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
human immunodeficiency virus
history of
head of bed
history of present illness
history and physical
human papilloma virus
heart rate
Bedtime
heart transplant
hypertension
history
hysterectomy
2
I
↑
IA
IABP
ICD
ICH
ICP
ICU
IC
I&D
IDDM
IDM
Idio
IJ
IM
Immob
incont
inf.
Inj
I/O
Inpt
Insp.
Int
increase
intraarterial
intraaortic balloon pump
implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
intracranial hemorrhage
intracranial pressure
Intensive Care Unit
Incident Commander
incision and drainage
insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
Infant of diabetic mother
idiopathic
internal jugular
intramuscular
immobilized
incontinent
Inferior
injection
intraosseous
inpatient
Inspiratory
internal
irreg.
IUD
irreg.
IUD
IV
IVF
IVC
IVP
irregular
intrauterine device
irregular
intrauterine device
Intravenous
intravenous fluids
inferior vena cava
Intravenous Push
J
JTach
JTube
JVD
joule
junctional tachycardia
Jejunal Tube
jugular venous distention
J
K
K+
KCL
KED
kg
KO
KUB
KVO
potassium
potassium chloride
Kendrick Extrication Device
kilogram
keep open
kidneys, ureters, bladder
keep vein open
L
L
L
LA
lab
lac
LAD
lami
lat
LBP
LBB
LBM
LBW
L&D
LE
LFA
lg
LLE
LLL
LLQ
LML
LMP
LOB
LOC
LP
lmp
LR
LS
LSB
LUQ
LUE
left
liter
left arm
laboratory
laceration
left anterior descending
laminectomy
lateral
low back pain
left bundle branch block
last bowel movement
low birth weight
labor and delivery
lower extremity
left forearm
large
left lower extremity
left lower lobe
left lower quadrant
left middle lobe
last menstrual period
loss of balance
loss of consciousness
lumbar puncture
liters per minute
Lactated Ringer’s
lung sounds
long spinal board
left upper arm
left upper extremity
LUL
LUQ
LV
lytes
LZ
left upper lobe
left upper quadrant
left ventrical
electrolytes
landing zone
♂
m
MAE
max
MCC
mcg
MCI
MD
MDI
MDR
mec
med(s)
mEq
Mg
mg(s)
MI
min
ml(s)
MN
mod
MOF
MOI
MOT
MPH
MR
MRI
MS
Morphine
mtg
mult
MVC
MVR
male
meter
moves all extremities
maximal/maximum
motorcycle crash
microgram
multiple casualty incident
medical doctor
metered dose inhaler
multiple drug resistance
meconium
medicine(s)
millequivalent
magnesium
milligram(s)
myocardial infarction
minutes
milliliter
midnight
moderate
multiple organ failure
mechanism of injury
mode of transport
miles per hour
mitral regurgitation
magnetic resonance imaging
mental status
spell out
meeting
multiple
motor vehicle crash
mitral valve replacement
O
∆
N/A
Na
NAD
NC
NEC
neg
NG
NGT
NH
NIDDM
NKA
NKDA `
no/none
no changes
not applicable
sodium
no acute distress
nasal cannula
necrotizing enterocolitis
negative
nasogastric
nasogastric tube
nursing home
non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
no known allergies
no known drug allergies
M
N
NKMA
NKFA
nl
#
NOS
NP
NPA
NPO
NRB
NS
NSR
NSTEMI
NSVD
NTG
N/V
N/V/D
NWB
no known medical allergies
no known food allergies
normal
number
not otherwise specified
nurse practitioner
nasopharyngeal airway
nothing by mouth
non-rebreather mask
normal saline
normal sinus rhythm
Non ST elevation myocardial infarction
normal spontaneous vaginal delivery
nitroglycerine
nausea and vomiting
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
non weight bearing
O²
O² Sat
O/A
OB
OBS
OGT
oint
OOB
OPT
OPA
opp
OR
ORIF
OT
OTC
oz
oxygen
oxygen saturation
on arrival
obstetrical
observation
orogastric tube
ointment
out of bed
outpatient
oropharynx
opposite
Operating Room
open reduction internal fixation
occupational therapy
Over the Counter
ounce
O
P
1◦
K+
+
primary or first degree
potassium
Positive
lb
P1, P2
p
PA
PAC
palp
PAT
path
PCN
PCCF
PCP
PD
pound
para 1, para 2
after
physician assistant
premature atrial contraction
palpation
paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
Pathology
penicillin
Pediatric Critical Care Facility
Primary Care Physician
Police Department
PE
PEA
ped
Peds
PEEP
periph
PERL
PERRL
PID
PIH
PIV
PJC
plt
pm
PMH
PMI
POx
PND
pneumo
p.o.
POC
psi
Post
PP
PR
Rx
PRBC
prep
PRN/prn
PROM
PS
PSVT
pt
PT
PTA
PTL
pulm
PVA
PVC
PVR
Pulmonary Embolus or Edema
pulseless electrical activity
pedestrian
pediatric
positive end-expiratory pressure
peripheral
pupils equal, react to light
pupils equal, round, reactive to light
pelvic inflammatory disease
pregnancy induced hypertension
peripheral intravenous
Premature Junctional Complex
platelet
afternoon
past medical history
point of maximum impulse
pulse oximetry
paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
pneumothorax
by mouth
position of comfort
pounds per square inch
posterior
postpartum
per rectum
prescription
packed red blood cells
prepare
as needed
premature rupture of membranes
pulmonary stenosdis
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycarida
patient
physical therapy
prior to arrival
pre-term labor
pulmonary
pedestrian versus auto
premature ventricular contraction
peripheral vascular resistance
Q
q
QA
QI
qs
every
quality assurance
quality improvement
quantity sufficient
R
RA
RBC
RDS
reg
right
room air
red blood cells
respiratory distress syndrome
regular
R
rehab
rendez
resp
RFA
RLE
RLL
RLQ
rm
RN
R/O
ROM
RR
RRR
RSI
RT
RUA
RUE
RUL
RUQ
RV
Rx
rehabilitation
rendezvous
respiration
right forearm
right lower extremity
right lower lobe
right lower quadrant
room
Registered Nurse
rule out
range of motion
respiratory rate
regular rate and rhythm
rapid sequence induction
respiratory therapy
right upper arm
right upper extremity
right upper lobe
right upper quadrant
right ventricle/right ventricular
prescription
2◦
s
SA
SAb
SAH
sat
SB
SBA
SBO
SCI
SDH
SGA
SIHI
SIVP
SL
SLE
sml
SNAT
SNF
SOB
Na+
NaCHO³
NaCL
SO
subQ
SR
SROM
SUIDS
secondary or second degree
without
sinus arrhythmia
spontaneous abortion
subarachnoid hemorrhage
saturation
sinus bradycardia
stand-by assist
small bowel obstruction
spinal cord injury
subdural hematoma
small for gestational age
suicidal ideation/homicidal ideation
slow intravenous push
sublingual
systemic lupus erythematous
small
Suspected Non Accidental Trauma
skilled nursing facility
short of breath/shortness of breath
Sodium
Sodium Bicarbonate
Sodium Chloride
standing order
subcutaneous
sinus rhythm
spontaneous rupture of membranes
sudden unexplained infant death syndrome
3◦
T&A
tab
third degree or tertiary
tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tablet
S
T
TAb
tach
TAH
TB
TBD
TBI
Tbsp
TD
TE
temp
TF
THA
TIA
tib
TKA
TKO
TLC
TM
TO
tol
TPN
TxFr
T&R
Trach
tsp
TURP
TV
Tx
tymp
therapeutic abortion
Tachycardia
total abdominal hysterectomy
tuberculosis
to be determined
traumatic brain injury
tablespoon
transdermal
tracheosophageal
temperature
tube feeding
total hip arthroplasty
transient ischemic attack
tibial
total knee arthroplasy
to keep open
triple lumen catheter
tympanic memebrane
telephone order
tolerated
total parenteral nutrition
transfer/transferred
treated and released
tracheostomy
teaspoon
transurethral resection of prostate
tidal volume
treatment
tympanic
U/A
UAC
UE
UGI
unk
umb
UO
URI
upon arrival
umbilical artery catheter
upper extremity
upper gastrointestinal
unknown
umbilical
urine output
urinary tract infection
vag
V-Fib
vit
vol
VS
VSD
VSS
vaginal
ventricular fibrillation
vitamin
volume
vital signs
ventricular septal defect
vital signs stable
H²O
c
s
W/C
W/D
W/O
wt
water
with
without
wheelchair
warm and dry
wide open
weight
U
V
W
X/Y/Z
@
Δ
↓
↑
√
◦
1◦
2◦
3◦
X
at
change
decrease
increase
check
hour or degree
first degree/primary
secondary/second degree
tertiary/third
times
Negative/nothing/no
=
♂
♀
&
equals
male
female
and
Foot Notes:
2009- EMResponder; EMTechnician; Advanced EMT Paramedic
Effective 1-92
REVISED 620/01; 6/2005; 4/2008
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