Approved Nursing Abbreviations

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a
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before
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abd.
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abdomen
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A&O
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alert & oriented
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a.c.
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before meals
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ADLs
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activities of daily living
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AKA
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above the knee amputation
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amp.
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ampule
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amt
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amount
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AP
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apical pulse
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approx.
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approximate
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ad lib
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as desired
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AM
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morning
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amb.
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ambulate, ambulatory
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approx.
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approximate
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as tol.
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as tolerated
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ASAP
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as soon as possible
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ax.
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axillary
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BID
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twice a day
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BS
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bowel sounds
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BBS
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bilateral breath sounds
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BM
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bowel movement
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BP, B/P
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blood pressure
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BRP
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bathroom privileges
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Bx
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biopsy
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c
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with
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C
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Celsius, centigrade
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C&S
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culture & sensitivity
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Ca2+
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calcium
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cal.
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Calorie
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Cap
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capsule
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c/o
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complains of
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CBC
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complete blood count
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CD&I, CDI
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clean, dry, & intact
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CNS
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central nervous system
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CT
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chest tube or computerized tomography scan
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CVA
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cerebrovascular accident
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DAT
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diet as tolerated
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DFA
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diet for age
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Dil
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dilate
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Drsg
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dressing
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D/W or D5W
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dextrose in water/ 5% dextrose in water
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D5
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5% dextrose
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D10
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10% dextrose
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D25
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25% dextrose
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D50
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50% dextrose
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ea
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each
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ECG
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electrocardiogram
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Elix.
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Elixir
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ETOH
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alcohol
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F
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Fahrenheit
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FBS
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fasting blood sugar
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fl, fld
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fluid
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ft
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feet
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Fx
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fracture
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GI
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gastrointestinal
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Gm, GM, gm, g
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gram
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GU
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genitourinary
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Gyn
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gynecology
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H2O
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water
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H2O2
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hydrogen peroxide
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h., hr.
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hour
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HA
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headache
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H&H
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hemoglobin & hematocrit
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Hct
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hematocrit
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Hgb
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hemoglobin
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HOB
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head of bed
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H&P
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history and physical
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HPI
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history of the present illness
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ht.
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height
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Hx
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history
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I&O
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intake & output
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ICP
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intracranial pressure
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IM
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imtramuscular
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inf.
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infusion
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inj.
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injection or injury
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INR
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international normalized ratio
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irrig.
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irrigate or irrigation
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IV
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intravenous
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jc.
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juice
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JVD
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jugular vein distention
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KCl
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potassium chloride
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kg. or kilo
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kilogram
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KO
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keep open
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KVO
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keep vein open (IV Rate)
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L
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liter
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L, Lt.
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left
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lab
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laboratory
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lat
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lateral
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lb or #
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pound
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L/RD
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left/right deltoid
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L/RGM
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left/right gluteus Medius
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L/RVG
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left/right ventral gluteus
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L/RVL
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left/right vastus lateralis
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LP
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lumbar puncture
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L/NC
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liter per nasal cannula
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LFA/RFA
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left/right forearm
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LR
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lactated ringers
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liq.
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liquid
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LOC
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level of consciousness
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m
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meter
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MAEW
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moves all extremities well
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mcg
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microgram
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MCL
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midclavicular line
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mEq
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milliequivalent
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mL
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mL
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mm
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millimeter
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MVA
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motor vehicle accident
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nl
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normal
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N/V
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nausea & vomiting
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N/V/D
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nausea, vomiting & diarrhea
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N/A
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not applicable
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NAD
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no acute distress
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neg
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negative
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NG
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nasogastric
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NKDA
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no known drug allergies
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noc, noct
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night
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NPO
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nothing by mouth
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NSR
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normal sinus rhythm
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OOB
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out of bed
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OTA
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open to air
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p
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after
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p.c.
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after meals
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PO
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by mouth
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PCA
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pt. controlled analgesia
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per
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by
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PERRLA
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pupils equal round reacting to light accommodation
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PFT
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pulmonary function tests
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PM
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evening
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PMI
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point of maximal impulse
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POD
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post operative day
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PPD
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purified protein derivative
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P&Pd
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percussion & postural drainage
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PRN
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as needed
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q
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every
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qAM
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every morning
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qh
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every hour
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q2h
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every 2 hours
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R, Rt.
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right
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R/O
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rule out
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RLE/LLE
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right/left lower extremity
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RLL/LLL
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right/left lower lobe
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RLQ/LLQ
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right/ left lower quadrant
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RLT/LLT
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right/left lower thigh
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RML
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right middle lobe
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RTC
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return to clinic
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RUE/LUE
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right/left upper extremity
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Rx
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prescription
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s
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without
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RUL, LUL
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right/ left upper lobe
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RUQ, LUQ
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right/left upper quadrant
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SE
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Side effects (or standard error)
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S/P
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status post (no change after)
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SaO2 or O2 Sat
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Oxygen saturation
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SB
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small bowel
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SOB
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shortness of breath
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STAT
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immediately
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Sx
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symptoms or suction
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TC&DB
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turn, cough, and deep breath
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TF
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tube feeding
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TID
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3 times a day
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Tx
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treatment
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U/A
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urinalysis
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VS
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vital signs
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WDWN
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well-developed, well nourished
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WNL
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within normal limits
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wt
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weight
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x
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except
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up arrow ^
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increased
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down arrow v
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decreased

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