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NAR/HHA Abbreviation list

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A or AX
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axillary (temp.)
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AC or ac
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before meals
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AEB or aeb
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as evidence by
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AM
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morning
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ad lib
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as desired
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ADL
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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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AMB or Amb
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ambulatory
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AROM
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active range of motion
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BB
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bed bath
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B&B
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bowel and bladder program
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b.i.d.
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twice a day
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BKA
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below knee amputation
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BM or bm
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bowel movement
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BP or B/P
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blood pressure
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BRP
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bathroom privileges
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C
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Celsius/centigrade
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cc
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cubic centimeter
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CMS
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color, circulation, motion, sensitivity
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CO or C/O
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complains of
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cath
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catheter
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CBR
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complete bed rest
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CPR
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cardiopulmonary resuscitation
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CVA
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Cerebral vascular accident / stroke
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DAT
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diet as tolerated
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DNR
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do not resuscitate
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drsg
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dressing
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Dx
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diagnosis
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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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FWB
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full weight bearing
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GC or g/c
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geriatric chair
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GB
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gait belt
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h or hr
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hour
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HOB
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head of bed
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HOH
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hard of hearing
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H.S. or hs
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bedtime/hour of sleep
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Ht or ht
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height
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isol
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isolation
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IV
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intravenous
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I&O
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intake and output
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L or lg or lge
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large
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liq
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liquid
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Lt
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left
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MI
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myocardial infarction
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ml
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milliliter
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Na
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sodium
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NKA
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no known allergies
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noc
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night
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NPO or npo
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nothing by mouth
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NWB
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no weight bearing
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O
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oral
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OOB
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out of bed
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OR
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operating room
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OT
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occupational therapy
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Oz or oz
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ounce
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p.c.
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after meals
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PM or pm
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12 noon to midnight
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prn
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as needed or desired
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Peri or peri
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perineal
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p.o.
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by mouth
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post op
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postoperative
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prep
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preperation
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PROM
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passive range of motion
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Pt or pt
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patient
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PT
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physical therapy
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PWB
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partial weight bearing
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Px
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physical exam
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qd
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every day
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q4h
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every 4 hours
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qh
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every hour
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q.i.d.
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four times a day
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Res
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resident
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R
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rectal, respiration
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Rt
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right
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SBA
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stand by assist
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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
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t.i.d.
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three times a day
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TC & DB
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turn cough and deep breath
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TLC
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tender loving care
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TPR
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temperature, pulse, respiration
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Tx
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treatment
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vc
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verbal cues
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VS or vs
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vital sign
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W/C
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wheel chair
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W/W
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wheeled walker
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wt
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weight
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w or c (with line over it)
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with
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H2O (2 is smaller)
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water
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ind or I (inside of circle)
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independent
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O2 (2 is smaller)
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oxygen
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q or q with line over it
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every
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w/o or s with line over it
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without
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i (with line through it)
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one
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ii (with line through it)
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two
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iii (with line through it)
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three
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< or <– (left arrow)
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less than
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> or –> (right arrow)
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greater than