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EMS Abbreviations
A&O - alert and oriented

Ant. - Anterior

APAP - acetaminophen

APE - acute pulmonary edema

app. - approximately

approx. - approximately

ARC - AIDS related complex

ARDS - Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ASA - acetylsalicylic acid/aspirin

ASAP - as soon as possible

ASHD - arteriosclerosis heart disease

a-fib - atrial fibrillation
BBB - bundle branch block

BGC/HBG - blood sugar

bicarb - sodium bicarbonate

b.i.d. - twice a day

bilat. - bilateral

bl. - blood

BLS - Basic Life Support

BM - bowel movement

bolus - an amount of medication given by intravenous push

BP - blood pressure

B:S. - blood sugar; bowel sounds

BSA - Body Surface Area (for estii body burned)

°C - degree Celcius

c - with

CA - carcinoma or cancer

CaCL - calcium chloride

CABG - coronary artery bypass graft

CAD - coronary artery disease

caps. - capsules
cath. - catheter

CAO - "conscious, alert, oriented"

CC - chief complaint

cc - cubic centimeter

ml - milliliter

ecu - coronary care unit

CD - communicable disease

CHF - congestive heart failure

cm - centimeter

CMSTP - circulation, motor, sensory, temperature, pulse

CNS - central nervous system

CO2 - carbon dioxide

CO - carbon monoxide

c/o - complains of

cont. - continues

COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CP - chest pain

CPR - cardiopulmonary
resuscitation

C-section - cesarean section

CSM - carotid sinus massage

C-spine - cervical spine

CVA - cerebral vascular accident

CXR - chest x-ray

D/C - discontinue

D5W - 5% Dextrose in Water

disch. - discharge

DM - diabetes melitis

DOA - dead on arrival

DOE - dyspnea on exertion

DPT - "diptheria, pertusis, tetanus"

DSCH - Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital

DPs - delirum tremens

drsg. - dressing

Dx - diagnosis
ECG/EKG - electrocardiogram (EKG may be preferred for legibility)

EGTA - esophageal gastric tube airway

ED - emergency department

elix. - elixir

EMT-P - paramedic

EOA - esophageal obturator airway

EENT - "ear, eye, nose, throat"

ENT - "ear, nose and throat"

eval. - evaluation

exam. - examination

ext. - extension
Fem. - Female

Flex. - Flexion

Fx - fracture

GC - gonorrhea

GI - gastrointestinal

g- - gram

gm. - gram

gr. - grain

gravida - number of pregnancies

GSW - gunshot wound

gtt - drop

GU - genitourinary

Gyn - Gynecology

H/A - headache

HCTZ - hydrochlorothiazide

hr. - hour

HC03 - bicarbonate

HIV - Human Immunodeficiency

hgb. - hemoglobin

HHH - Hazel Hawkins Hospital

H2O - water

H2O2 - hydrogen peroxide

horiz. - horizontal
hosp. - hospital

H&P - history and physical
HR - heart rate

ht. - height

HTN - hypertension

Hx - history

ICU - Intensive Care Unit

IM - intramuscular

inc. - incomplete

incont. - Incontinent

incr. - increased or increasing

inf. - inferior/infusion

inspir. - Inspiration or inspiratory

I0 - intraosseous

irr. - Irregular

irreg. - irregular

IV - intravenous

IVP - intravenous push administration

jt. - joint

JVD - jugular vein distention

K7KC1 - postassium chloride

L - liter

lac. - laceration

lat. - lateral

lb. - pound

Lido. - Lidocaine

liq. - liquid

LLQ - left lower quadrant - abdomen

LMP - last menstrual period

LNMP - last normal menstrual period

LOC - loss of consciousness/level of consciousness

LR - Lactated Ringers

LSD - lysergic acid disethylamide
L-spine - lumbar spine

It. - left

LUQ - left upper quandrant - abdomen

max. - maximum

mm - millimeters

MAO - manoamine oxidase

MCA - motorcycle accident

meg - microgram

M.D. - medical.doctor

med. - medicine

mg - milligram

mgm - microgram

MHC - Mental Health Clinic

MI - myocardial infarction

MICN - Mobile Intensive Care Nurse

MICP - Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic

min. - minute

ml - milliliter (preferred over cc.)

MLP - Milpitas Fire Department

mm - millimeter

MOF - Mdffatt Field Fire Department

m.p.h. - miles per hour

MS - multiple sclerosis/morphine sulfate

M/S - Motor Sensory

MVA - motor vehicle accident

Na - sodium . .

NICU - neonatal intensive care unit

neuro - neurology or neurological
NC - nasal cannulae

neg. - negative

N/G - nasogastric

NKDA - no known drug allergies

No. - number

noct. - nocturnal

NPO - nothing by mouth

NRB - non-rebreather

NRBM - non-rebreather mask

NS - normal saline

N/V - nausea/vomitting

OB - obstetrics or obstetrical

OBS - organic brain syndrome

od - right eye

OD - overdose

OR - operating room

OPA - oropharyngeal airway

PALP - palpitation .

para - number of births,

paraplegic, paraperesic

P.M.D. - private medical doctor
NSR - normal sinus rhythm

NT - nasotracheal

NTG - nitroglycerine

NTN - no trauma noted

o2 - oxygen

ortho. - orthopedic

OS - left eye

ou - both eyes

oz - ounce

P - pulse rate

P - after

PAC - premature atrial contraction

PAI - pre-arrival instructions

ped. - pediatrics

pedi - child

PERLA - pupils equal and react to light and accommodation

PICU - pediatric intensive care unit

PID - pelvic inflammatory disease

PJC - Premature junctional contraction

p.m. - afternoon
preemie - premature baby

PCC - poison control center

PCCC - Pediatric Critical Care Center

PCP - phencyclidine

PCR - patient care report

PE - physical examination

PEA - pulseless electrical activity
pneumo. - pneumothorax

p.o. - by mouth

pos., + - positive

post. - posterior

post-op - post operative (after surgery)

pre-op - before surgery

prep. - preparation

p.r.n. - as often as necessary. .

prox. - proximal

psych - psychiatry/psychology

pt. - patient

Rx - treatment; therapy

Tx - "treatment, therapy"
PTA - prior to arrival

PVC - premature ventricular contraction

q- - every/each

q.d. - every day

q.h. - every hour
q.i.d. - four times a day

q.o.d - every other day

R - respiration

resp. - respirations

RL - ringers Lactate

RLQ - right lower quandrant abdomen

rm. - room

R.N. - Registered Nurse

RO - rule out

it. - right

RUQ - right upper quandrant - abdomen

s - without

S/S - signs and symptoms

SC/SQ - subcutaneous

sol. - solution
S/P - status post

spec. - specimen

stat - immediately and once only

SL - sublingual

suet. - suction

SVIR - suspected violent injury report

sup. - superior

supp. - suppository

Sx - "sign, symptom"

S/Sx - sign and symptom

Sz - seizure

T - temperature

tab. - tablet

TBSA - total body surface area

TIA - transient ischemia attack

t.i.d. - three times daily

TKO - to keep open

tol. - tolerance
TPN - total parenteral nutrition

trans. - transport

T-spine - thoracic spine

U - units

URI - upper respiratory infection

UTI - urinary tract infection

vag. - vagina or vaginal

"V/S, VS" - vital signs
w/c - wheelchair

WEL - within expected limits

WNL - within normal limits

W/S - "watt seconds, joules"

wt. - weight

X - times

y/o - years old
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