Nursing Charting Abbreviations and Symbols

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AAT
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Activity as tolerated
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abd
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abduct
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ABG
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arterial blood gas
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ac
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before meals
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ad lib
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as desired
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adeq
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adequate
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adm
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admission
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ADL
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activities of daily living
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AES
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antiembolic stockings
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A/E
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Air entry
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A Fib
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atrial fibrilation
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AP
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apical pulse
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am
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morning
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amt
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amount
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ant
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anterior
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ARDS
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Adult respiratory distress syndrome
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art line
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arterial line
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ASAP
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as soon as possible
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ASA
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acetylsalicylic acid
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ausc
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auscultation
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as tol
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as tolerated
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AV
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anterio-venous
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ax
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axilla
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Ba Enema
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barium enema
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BBS
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bronchial breath sounds
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BGM
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blood glucose monitoring
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bicarb
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bicarbonate
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BID
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twice a day
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bilat
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bilateral, bilaterally
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B/K amp
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below the knee amputation
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bld
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blood
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BP
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blood pressure
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BM
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bowel movement
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BPH
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benign prostatic hypertrophy
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BPM
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beats per minute
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BR
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bathroom
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BRP
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bathroom priveledges
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BS
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Bowel sounds
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C
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Centigrade Celsius
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C&S
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culture and sensitivity
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CA
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Cancer
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CABG
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coronary artery bypass graft
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cal
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calories
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cath
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catheter/catheterization
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CBC
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complete blood count
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CHD
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coronary heart disease
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Cl
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chloride
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Clt
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client
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chemo
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chemotherapy
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cm
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cenitmeters
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CHF
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congestive heart failure
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CO2
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carbon dioxide
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chole
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cholecystectomy
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cont’d
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continued
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cl flds
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clear fluids
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CNS
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central nervous system
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CPR
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cardiopulmonary resusciation
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comps
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compresses
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COPD
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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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CRF
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chronic renal failure
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CSF
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cerebro spinal fluid
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CVA
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cerebral vascular accident
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CVS
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cardiovasular system
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CSM
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color, sensation, movement
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CT scan
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computerized tomography scan
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CVP
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central venous pressure
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CW
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crutch walking
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CXR
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chest x-ray
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D&C
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dilation & curettage
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D&I
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dry and intact
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DAT
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diet as tolerated
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DB & C
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deep breathing & coughing
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d/c
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discharge
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D/C
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discontinue
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defib
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defibrilation
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dept
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department
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DNR
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do not resuscitate
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DOB
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date of birth
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drng
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drainage
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DS
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day surgery
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DT’s
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delirium tremens
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DVT
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deep vein thrombosis
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Dx
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diagnosis
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echo
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echocardiogram
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ECG or EKG
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electrocardiogram
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ECT
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electroconvulsive therapy
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EEG
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electroencephalogram
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EMG
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electromyelogram
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ENT
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ears, nose, throat
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EOD
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every other day
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Epimorph
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Epidural morphine
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ER
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emergency room
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ETOH
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alcohol
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ETT
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endotracheal tube
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EUA
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examination under anaesthetic
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exp
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expiration
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ext
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externall
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ext rot’n
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external rotation
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FBS
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fasting blood sugar
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fld
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fluid(s)
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FOB
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foot of bed
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freq
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frequent
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GAU
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Geriatric assessment unit
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GB
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gallbladder
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GERD
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Gastro-Esophogeal reflux disease
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GI
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gastro-intestinal
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g
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gram
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GST
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glucose strip testing
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gtt(s)
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drop(s)
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GU
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genito-urinary
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h
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hour
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hams
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hamstrings
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HF
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heart failure
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Hgb
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Hemoglobin
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HNV
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has not voided
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HOB
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head of bed
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HR
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heart rate
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hs
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at bedtime
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ht
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height
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HTN
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hypertension
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HWB
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hot water bottle
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Hx
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History
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h/o
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history of
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I & D
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incision & drainage
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I & O
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input & output
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ICP
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intracranial pressure
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ICU
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Intensive Care Unit
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IM
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intramuscular
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incont
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incontinent
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info
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information
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infreq
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infrequent
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int rot’n
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interal rotation
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INR
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international normalized ratio
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IU
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international unit
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IUD
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intrauterine device
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IV
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intravenous
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IVP
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intravenous pyelogram
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JP
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Jackson Pratt
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k-basin
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kidney basin
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kg
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kilogram(s)
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KUB
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kidneys, ureter, bladder
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L
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litre
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lab
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laboratory
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lat
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lateral
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LFT
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liver function test(s)
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lg
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large
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lig
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ligament
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liq
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liquid
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LLL
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lower left lobe
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LLQ
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left lower quadrant
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LMP
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last menstrual period
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LNMP
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last normal menstrual period
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LOC
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level/loss of consciousness
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LP
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lumbar puncture
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LUL
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Left upper lobe
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LUQ
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left upper quadrant
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lytes
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electrolytes
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m
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meter
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max
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maximum
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mcg
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microgram(s)
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med
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medium
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meds
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medications
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mEq
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milliequivalent
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mets
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metastsis
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mg
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milligram(s)
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MI
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myocardial infarction
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mL
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millilitre
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mm
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millimetre
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mmol
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millimoles
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mod
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moderate
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MON
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manager of nursing
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MAR
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manager of nursing
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mov’t
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movement
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MS
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multiple sclerosis
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MRI
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Magnetic Resonance Imager
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MRSA
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Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus
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MSU
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mid-stream urine
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MVA
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motor vehicle accident
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N/A
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not applicable
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NAD
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no apparent distress
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neb
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nebulizer
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neg
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negative
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neuro
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nerological
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NG
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nasogastric
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NHx
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nursing history
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NICU
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Neonatal intensive care unit
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Nitro
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nitroglycerin
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NOS
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not otherwise specified
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NPO
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nothing by mouth
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NS
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normal saline
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NVC
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neurovascular checks
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Nsg
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nursing
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NUM
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nursing unit manager
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NYD
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not yet diagnosed
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O2
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oxygen
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O2 sat
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oxygen saturation
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OA
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osteo arthritis
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OB
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occult blood
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OBS
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obtetrics
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occ
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occasionally
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od
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once a day
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OD
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right eye, Overdose
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OPD
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outpatient department
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Ophtho
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ophthamlmology department
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OR
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operating room
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Ortho
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orthopedics
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OS
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left eye
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OU
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in each eye, both eyes
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OT
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occupational therapy
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P
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pulse
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PAC
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pre-admission clinic
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PACU
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Post Anaesthetic Care unit
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pap
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pap smear
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PD
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peritoneal dialysis
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Peds
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pediatrics
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peri
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perineal
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PERL
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pupils equal & react to light
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Physio
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physiotherapy
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PICU
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Pediatric intensive care unit
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pm
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afternoon
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pneumo
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pneumothorax
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po
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by mouth
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PO2
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partial pressure oxygen
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polio
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poliomyeltits
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pos
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positive
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post
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posterior
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post-op
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post-operation
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PP
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pedal pulse
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pr
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per rectum
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PRC
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packed red cells
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pre-med
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premedication
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pre-op
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pre-operative
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prn
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as necessary
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PPP
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pedal pulse(s) palpable
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Psych
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Psychiatry
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psychol
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psychological
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PT
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physiotherapy
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PT
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prothrombin time
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pt
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patient
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PTT
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partial thromboplastin time
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pulm
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pulmonary
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pur
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purulent
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PVC
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premature ventricular contraction
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PVD
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peripheral vascular disease
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PWB
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partial weight bearing
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q
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every
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QID
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four times a day
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qs
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sufficient amount, quantity sufficient
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quad
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quadriplegia, quadraplegic
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quads
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quadriceps
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RA
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rheumatoid arthritis
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RDS
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respiratory distress syndrom
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Rec T
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Recreational therapy
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rec’d
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received
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reg
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regular
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Rehab
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rehablitation
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Path
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Pathology
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pc
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after measl
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PCO2
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partial pressure carbon dioxide
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PCA
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patient controlled analgesia
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req
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requisition
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res
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respiration, respiratory
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RLL
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right lower love
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RLQ
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right lower quadrant
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RML
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right middle lobe
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rot’n
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rotation
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ROM
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range of motion
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RTC
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return to clinic
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RR
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respiratory rate (breaths/min)
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r/t
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related to
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RUQ
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right upper quadrant
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RUL
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right upper lobe
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Rx
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prescription
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sang
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sanguineous
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SBS
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spot blood sugar
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sc
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subcutaneous
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sec
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seconds
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serosang
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serosanguineous
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sl
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sublingual
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sm
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small
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SOB
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short of breath
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SOBOE
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short of breath on exertion
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sol’n
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solution
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sp gr
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specific gravity
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spec
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specimen
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SPO2
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oxygen saturation
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spont pneumo
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spontaneous pneumothorax
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SR
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sinus rhythm
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SS
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soluset
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stat
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imediately
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staph
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staphylococcus
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strep
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streptococcus
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supp
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suppository
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surg
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surgery
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T & A
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tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
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tab
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tablet
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TB
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tuberculosis, tubercle bacilli
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TBA
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to be absorbed, to be accounted for
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temp
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temperature
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TENS
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
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TIA
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transient ischemic attack
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TKO or TKVO
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to keep vein open
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TID
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three times a day
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U/A
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urinalysis
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ungt
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ointment
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URTI/URI
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upper respiratory tract infection
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U/S
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ultrasound
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UTO
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unable to obtain
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UTI
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urinary tract infection
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VD
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venereal disease
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VS
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vital signs (TPR & BP)
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WB
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weight bearing
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WBC
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white blood cell, white blood count
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W/C, WC
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wheelchair
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wk
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week
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WNL
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within normal limits
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WP or WPB
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whirlpool bath
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wt
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weight
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x-match
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cross match
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yr
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year
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TPN
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total parenteral nutrition
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trach
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tracheostomy
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TPR
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temperature, pulse, respirations
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TWE
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tap water enema
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TV
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tidal volume
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Tx
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treatment
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R
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rectal
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A
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apical
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