MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS

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NAME ______________________________ AH 110 – Medical Language for Health Care Providers

MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS Use the abbreviations you have learned thus far, the text glossary, and a medical dictionary, as needed to complete this assignment. Record your answers directly on this worksheet. Translate the following sentences: 1.

Per physical therapy, Mr. Walters can now get out of bed as desired. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

2.

Mrs. Jones had a prescription for aspirin one time a day due to her history of heart attack. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

3.

As part of stroke rehab, in occupational therapy Robert was learning to perform dressing at the edge of the bed. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

4.

The patient came into the emergency room with a complaint of severe headache for three days, receiving no relief from over the counter medications. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

5.

The patient is a 35 year-old male brought in by ambulance, status post a gunshot wound and a laceration on his right forearm. He is now in the intensive care unit. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

Translate the following sentences: 6.

_ Mr. Jennings was given O2 at 2 L/min. per nasal cannula stat p LOC. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

7.

Pt will require Rx for w/c cushion @ D/C 2° hx decubitus ulcers. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

8.

Pt is s/p MVA & will need images taken PA & lat to R/O fx. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

Write 5 coherent sentences, using as many abbreviations and symbols as possible. 1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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Sample sentences written together as a class: 1.

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Glossary: The following is only partial list – there are many, many more abbreviations and symbols used in medical language. These will help you get started. ad lib ..... as desired

OTC........ over the counter

AP ........ anteroposterior

PA ........ posteroanterior

ASA ....... aspirin

PLOF ...... prior level of function

BIBA ....... brought in by ambulance

PO ........ by mouth

c/o ........ complaint of

prn ........ as needed

CVA ...... cerebrovascular accident (stroke)

PT ........ physical therapy

d

pt

........ day(s)

........ patient

D/C ........ discharge

s/p ........ status post

dsg ........ dressing

stat ........ immediately

ED ........ emergency department (current)

sx

........ symptoms

EOB ...... edge of bed

qd

........ every day; one time a day

ER ........ emergency room (outdated)

R/O ........ rule out

fx

Rx ........ prescription

........ fracture

GSW ...... gun shot wound

ST ........ speech therapy

HA ........ headache

tx

hx ........ history

w/c ........ wheelchair

L

........ liter(s)

y/o ........ year(s) old

lat ........ lateral

y.o. ........ year(s) old

LOC ...... level or loss of consciousness

@

........ at

MI ........ myocardial infarction (heart attack)



........ secondary to

min ........ minute(s); minimal



........ female

MCA ....... motorcycle accident

♂ _ a _ p _ c _ s _ x

........ male

MVA ....... motor vehicle accident NKDA ..... no known drug allergies NPO ....... nothing by mouth O2 ........ oxygen OOB ....... out of bed OT ........ occupational therapy

........ treatment; therapy

…….. before …….. after …….. with …….. without …….. except

Translate the following abbreviations and symbols: 1.

 _____________________________

9.

2.

 _____________________________

10. prn ___________________________

3.

 _____________________________

11. Δ _____________________________

4.

 _____________________________

12. DME __________________________

5.

< _____________________________

13. ROM __________________________

6.

> _____________________________

8.

? _____________________________

7.

ADL’s _________________________

ad lib

_________________________

14. Nsg ___________________________ 15. SW ___________________________ 16. AEB __________________________

JCAHO “Forbidden” Abbreviations and Symbols: 1.

JCAHO stands for _____________________________________________________________

2.

JCAHO has classified some abbreviations and symbols as “forbidden” because: a. they were never standard abbreviations and symbols to begin with b. these changes were required by Medicare c. these are abbreviations and symbols that can be easily misinterpreted, putting pts at risk

3.

Partial list as it relates to items on this worksheet:

Outdated qd or 1x/day @ & x (example: 3x/wk) D/C < > /

Meaning every day; one time a day at and times (for) discharge less than, greater than per

Use Instead every day; one time a day at and times (for) discharge less than, greater than per

Notice that in every situation, the currently preferred method is to use the full meaning instead of an abbreviation or symbol.

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MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS

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