Common Nursing Abbreviations List

Nursing Abbreviations: The Nursing abbreviations were made to quickly but accurately suggest the medical prescriptions. The nursing abbreviations are used throughout the medical profession. These abbreviations are used in hospitals, in doctor’s offices, at blood drives, in nursing homes, in clinics and in different medical services.

These medical abbreviations are used mostly by the Professional doctor’s while Prescribing tablets and any other tests required for the patients. The doctor’s can quickly suggest the prescription by using these nursing abbreviations. It will be convenient to use these abbreviations in emergency cases. It will be better if the patients also have the knowledge about these abbreviations. Many well known and multi specialty hospitals are now following the Nursing abbreviations.

The Given Below are the Nursing Acronyms and Abbreviations:

  • Abd – Abdomen
  • Ac- before meals
  • A&D - Admission and discharge
  • ADL - Activities of daily living
  • Amb - Ambulatory, able to walk
  • Amt - Amount
  • AP – Appendectomy
  • A&E- accident and emergency
  • Cath - Catheter
  • CBC - Complete blood count
  • CCU - Cardiac care unit/ coronary care unit
  • CBR - Complete bed rest
  • C/O - Complaint of
  • C- Celsius 
  • Ca- cancer/calcium 
  • CaBG- coronary artery by pass graft 
  • CAD- coronary artery disease 
  • Card- cardiac 
  • CCF- congestive cardiac failure 
  • CCU- coronary care unit
  • CVA - Cerebrovascular accident or stroke
  • CPR - Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 
  • CPR- cardio-pulmonary resuscitation 
  • CSF- cerebro-spinal fluid 
  • CT- computed tomography 
  • CT scan- computerised axial tomography scan
  • CNS- central nervous system 
  • Consult- consultation
  • DC or d/c - Discontinue
  • DX - Diagnosis
  • ECG - Electrocardiogram
  • EEG - Electroencephalogram
  • FBS - Fasting blood sugar
  • FF - Forced feeding or forced fluids
  • Fx - Fracture
  • GI - Gastrointestinal
  • Gtt - Glucose tolerance test
  • Gyn - Gynecology
  • HOB - Head of bed
  • ICU - Intensive care unit
  • I&O - Intake and output
  • Isol - Isolation
  • IV – Intravenous
  • Lat- lateral 
  • LFT- liver function tests
  • MAO- monoamine oxidase
  • MAP- mean arterial pressure
  • MAST- medical antishock trousers
  • MBT- maternal blood type
  • MCH- mean cell hemoglobin
  • MSSA- methicillin-sensitive staph aureus
  • MVA- motor vehicle accident
  • MVI- multivitamin injection
  • MVV- maximum voluntary ventilation
  • Noct - At night
  • NPO - Nothing by mouth
  • PAR - Postanesthesia room
  • PO - By mouth
  • Post op spec - After surgery urine specimen 
  • PT - Patient, pint
  • ROM - Range of motion
  • Rehab- rehabilitation 
  • RIB- rest in bed
  • SOB - Shortness of breath
  • Stat - At once, immediately
  • SL,sublin- sublingual, under the tongue 
  • SOB- shortness of breath
  • TPR - Temperature, pulse, respiration
  • T&A- tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 
  • Tab- tablet 
  • TB- tuberculosis 
  • TDS- three times per day 
  • tds/tid- three times a day 
  • THR- total hip replacement 
  • TIA- transient ischaemic attack 
  • TKR- total knee replacement
  • TURP- trans urethral resection of the prostate
  • U/A – Urinalysis
  • UDB- urinary drainage bag 
  • U&E- urea and electrolytes 
  • ULQ- upper left quadrant 
  • Ung- ointment 
  • UR- unit record‚ patient record (UR number) 
  • URQ- upper right quadrant 
  • URTI- upper respiratory tract infection 
  • UTI- urinary tract infection 
  • UV- ultra violet
  • VS - Vital signs
  • VD- venereal disease
  • W/C - Wheel chair 
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