Medical Abbreviations for your info.

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Abbreviation

 

Meaning

Definitions

 

A.V.R.

-

Aortic Valve Replacement

 

AV

-

Arteriovenous

 

AAA

-

Abdo Aorta Aneurism

 

ABGs

-

Arterial blood gases

 

Abi

-

Ablation

 

ABP

-

Arterial Balloon Pump

 

ACS

-

Acute Coronary Syndrome

 

AF

-

Amniotic Fluid

 

AF

-

Atrial Fibrillation

 

AKA / BKA / TKA

-

Above / Below /Through Knee Amputation

 

APTR

-

Activated partial thromboplastin ratio

 

ARF

-

Acute Renal Failure

 

AS

-

Aortic stenosis

 

AVR

-

Aortic valve replacement

 

B.P.

-

Blood pressure

 

BCC

-

Basal Cell Carcinoma

 

BCs

-

Blood cultures

 

BD

-

Twice daily

 

BM

-

Blood monitoring

 

BG

-

Blood glucose

 

BPH

-

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

 

Ca

-

Carcinoma (Cancer)

 

CABG

-

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

 

CCF

-

Congestive Cardiac Failure

 

CCP

-

Central Chest Pain

 

CDIFF

-

Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that is present naturally in the gut.

 

CFA

-

Crypt Fibrosing Alveolitis

 

CKD

-

Chronic Kidney Disease

 

CLL

-

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia

 

CMML

-

Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia

 

COAD

-

Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease

 

Coag

-

Coagulation

 

COPD

-

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

 

CRC

-

Colorectal carcinoma

 

CRF

-

Chronic Renal Failure.

 

CTS

-

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

CVA

-

Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)

 

CVE

-

Cerebrovascular Event

 

Cx

-

Circumflex artery

 

CXR

-

Chest X-ray

 

D & V

-

Diarrhoea & Vomiting

 

DHS

-

Dynamic Hip Screw

 

DKA

-

Diabetic ketoacidosis

 

DM

-

Diabetes Mellitus

 

DT

-

Delirium Tremens (affecting heavy drinkers)

 

DVT

-

Deep Vein Thrombosis

 

ECG

-

Electro Cardiogram

 

ECHO

-

Echocardiogram

 

EMI

-

Elderly Mentally Impaired

 

EPS

-

Electrophysiology Studies

 

ERCP

-

Endoscopic rectrigrade calangio pancreatography.

 

ESM

-

Ejection Systolic Murmur

 

 

ETOH

-

High alcohol intake.

 

ETT

-

Exercise tolerance test

 

FBC

-

Full blood count

 

FLEXI-SIGMOID

-

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A procedure in which the inside of the lower part of the large intestine is examined with a lighted scope.

 

GCS

-

Glasgo Coma Scale

 

GI

-

Gastro-intestinal

 

GI Bleed

-

Gastro Intestinal Bleed

 

GORD

-

Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disorder.

 

GTN

-

Gyceryl trinitrate

 

HB

-

Hemoglobin

 

HBP / LBP

-

High / Low Blood Pressure

 

HI

-

Head Injury

 

HR

-

Heart rate

 

HTN

-

Hypertension

 

IBD

-

Irritable Bowel Disease

 

IBS

-

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

ICD

-

Implantable cardiac defibrillator

 

ID

-

Infectious Disease

 

IDA

-

Iron deficiency anemia

 

IDDM

-

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

 

IE

-

Infective endocarditic

 

IHD

-

Ischaemic Heart Disease

 

IM

-

Intramuscular

 

INR

-

International Normalised Ratio (relating to blood)

 

IV

-

Intravenous

 

IVABs

-

Intravenous antibiotics

 

K+

-

Potassium

 

LAC

-

Lacunar (type of stroke)

 

LAD

-

Left anterior descending

 

LBBB

-

Left bundle branch block

Bundle branch block (BBB) is a disruption in the normal flow of electrical pulses that drive the heart beat.

 

LFA

-

Left femoral artery

 

LFTs

-

Liver function tests

 

LFV

-

Left femoral vein

 

LMS

-

Left main stem

 

LRTI

-

Lower Respiratory Tract Infection

 

LVF or RVF

-

Left or Right Ventricular Failure

 

LVH

-

Left ventricular hypertrophy

 

MCA

-

Middle Cerebral Artery (Infact - Stroke)

The middle cerebral artery is the larger of the two terminal branches of internal carotid artery (the other being the anterior cerebral artery). It supplies most of the lateral ventricle, anterior temporal lobe, lentiform nucleus, and caudate nucleus.

 

MEWS

-

Modified early warning score

 

MI

-

Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack)

 

MMSE

-

Mini Mental State Examination

 

MND

-

Motor Neurone Disease

 

MRSA

-

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

 

MS

-

Multiple Sclerosis

 

MTS

-

Mental Test Score

 

MVR

-

Mitral value replacement

 

MVRep

-

Mitral valve repair

 

Na

-

Sodium

 

NAD

-

No Abnormalities Detected

 

NBM

-

Nil by mouth

 

NCP

-

Nursing care pathway

 

NG

 

Nasogastric

 

NIDDM

-

Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

 

NOF

-

Neck of Femur

 

NSTEMI

-

Acute myocardial infarction

 

O2

-

Oxygen

 

O2 sats

-

Oxygen saturations

 

OA

-

Osteo Arthritis (degeneration of joints)

 

Obs

-

Observations

 

OGD

-

Oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (Telescope examination of stomach and gullet)

 

OPA

-

Outpatients Appointment

 

OSA

-

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

P

-

Pulse

 

PBC

-

Primary Biliary Cirrohsis

 

PCI

-

Percutaneous coronary intervention

 

PD

-

Parkinsons Disease

 

PE

-

Pulmonary Embolism

 

PEG

-

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

 

PID

-

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

 

PM

-

Poliomyelitis

 

PMR

-

Polymalgia Rheumatic

 

PO

-

Oral

 

PO

-

Pulmonary Oedema

 

PODs

-

Patient own drugs

 

POP

-

Plaster of Paris

 

PPM

-

Permanent Pacemaker

 

Pre-med

-

Pre-medication

 

PR Bleed

-

Per Rectum

 

PRN

-

As required

 

PS

-

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

 

PVI

-

Pulmonary vein isolation

 

PVB

-

Premature ventricular beat

 

QDS

-

Four times a day

 

RA

-

Rheumatoid Arthritis (Inflammation of joints)

 

RBBB

-

Right bundle branch block

 

Rehab

-

Rehabilitation

 

RF

-

Rheumatoid factor

 

RFA

-

Right Femoral Artery

 

RFV

-

Right femoral vein

 

RIG

-

Radiologically Inserted Gastrostomy.

 

RNCC

-

Registered Nursing Care Contribution

 

RTI

-

Respiratory Tract Infection

 

RVF

-

Right Ventricular Failure

 

SCC

-

Spinal Cord Compression

 

SDAT

-

Senile Dementia of Alzheimer type

 

SOB

-

Shortage of breath

 

SOBOE

-

Shortage of breath on Exertion

 

TAH

-

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy

 

TB

-

Tuberculosis

 

TEE

-

Transesophageal echocardiography

 

TBI

-

Traumatic brain injury

 

THR

-

Total Hip Replacement

 

TFT

-

Thyroid Function Tests

 

TIA

-

Trans Ischaemic Attack (insufficient supply of blood to the heart - angina)

 

TKA

-

Through Knee Amputation

 

TKR

-

Total Knee Replacement

 

TPNS

-

Total Parenteral Nutritional Support

 

TSR

-

Total Shoulder Replacement

 

TUP

-

Trans Urethral Prostatectomy

 

TURP

-

Trans Urethral Resection of the Prostate.

 

UTI

-

Urinary Tract Infection

 

VF

-

Ventricular Fibrillation