Abbreviations in OET

Abbreviations in OET

? → Possibility of something
& → and
0 → no problem
1 → minor problem requiring no action
1/12, 2/12 → Monthly, twice a month
1/26 → Fortnightly
1/52 → Weekly
15/60 → Every 15 minutes
2 → mild problems but definitely present
2/24 → 2 Hours
 
2/52 → twice a week
2/7 → 2 days
3/7 → 3 days
3 → moderately severe problem
3/12 → months 3
3/52 ago → 3 weeks ago
3/7 ago → 3 days ago
4 → severe to very severe problem
5/52 → 5 times a week
5/52 → 5 weeks
60/60 → Every hour (usually a reference to frequency of nursing observations required whilst an inpatient on the ward)
 
A & O → Alert and orientation
A and W → Alive and well
Abdo → Abdomen
ABG → Arterial blood gas
ABI → Acquired brain injury
AC → before meals
ACE → Angiotensin-converting enzyme
ACS → Acute coronary syndrome
ADHD → Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADL → Activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, showering, eating, cooking etc)
ADM → Admission/Admitted
ADR → Adverse drug reaction
AH → Auditory hallucinations
AIDS → Acquired immune deficiency disorder
AMA → Acute management area (another term for HDU)
AMU → Acute Medical Unit
ANUM → Associate nurse unit manager
AOB → Alcohol on breath
AOD → Alcohol or other drugs
ASA → Aspirin
ASAP → As soon as possible
Ax → Assessment
BAL → Blood alcohol level
BC → Birth control/ Biochemistry
BD → Twice a day
BD/ bid → Twice daily (medication frequency)
BIBA → Brought in by Ambulance
BIBP/F → Brought in by police/family
BM → Blood sugar/ Bowel movement
BMI → Body mass index
 
BP → Blood pressure
BPAD → Bipolar affective disorder
BPD → Borderline personality disorder
C → Celsius
C/F → Chills/Fever
C/O → Complaining of
CA → Cancer
CAD → Coronary Artery Disease
Cap → Capsule
CAP → Community-Acquired Pneumonia
CAT team/CATT → Crisis Assessment and Treatment team
CCF → Congestive cardiac failure
CCU → Community care unit
CDU → Clinical Decisions Unit
CF → Cystic fibrosis
cm → Centimeter
COS → Close of shift
CP → Chest pain
CPR → Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CRCU → Community Residential Care Unit
CV / CVS → Cardiovascular
CWM/CWT → Compliant with medication/compliant with treatment
CxR → Chest X-Ray
D/C → Discharge (from the hospital, compulsory order)
D&A → Drugs and alcohol
DCCV → Direct Current Cardioversion
DO → Disorder
DOA → Date of admission/Date of arrival
DOB → Date of Birth
Dx → Diagnosis
EBL → Estimated blood loss
ECG → Electrocardiogram
ECU → Extended care unit
ED → Emergency Department
EDC → Estimated date of confinement
EDD → Estimated date of discharge
EEG → Electroencephalogram
EKG → Electrocardiogram
EOL → End of Life
ETA → Estimated time of arrival
ETOH → Alcohol
F → Fahrenheit
F/- → Fluoride application
Fa → Father
FB → Foreign body
FBC → Full Blood Count
FEP → First episode psychosis
FTA → Failed to Attend
g → Gram
Gfa → Grandfather
GI → Gastrointestinal
Gmo → Grandmother
GSW → Gun shot wound
h – 6 → hourly/6
h → hour
H/O → History of
HA → Headache
HAP → Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
HAV → Hepatitis A virus
Hb → Haemoglobin
HCV → Hepatitis C virus
HD → Haemodialysis
HDU/HDAU → High dependency unit/ High dependency acute unit (usually a separate area of an acute unit with higher staff/patient ratios and lower stimulus)
HFpEF → Heart Failure with preserved ejection fraction
HFrEF → Heart Failure with reduced ejection fraction
HOPC → History of presenting complaint
HR → Heart rate
HTN → Hypertension
HTO/TOHTO → Harm to others/thoughts of harm to others
Hx → History
I/D → Incision and drainage
I/O → Intake/ Output
IA → Intra-arterial
ICA → Intensive care area
ID → Intellectual disability
IM/IMI → Intra-muscular injection (also known as ‘depot’)
IR → Immediate release (medication)
IV → Intravenous
IVDU → Intravenous drug use
Kg → Kilogram
L/S BP → Lying/Standing BP
Lab → Laboratory
LAMA → Left against medical advice
LBP → Lower back pain
LOC → Loss of consciousness
Mane → Morning (refers to the administration of medication)
mg → milligram
MI → Myocardial infarction
min → minute
ml → milliliter
mm hg → millimeter of mercury.
Mo → Mother
MST → Mobile support team
Mx → Medication
NAD → No abnormality detected / No acute distress
NAD → Not associated with disease
Nocte → Nightly (refers to the administration of medication)
NOF → Neck of Femur
NSR → Normal Sinus Rhythm
NUM → Nurse Unit Manager
OA → Osteoarthritis
OCP → Oral contraceptive pills
OD → Once a day
OOB → Out of bed
OT → Occupational Therapy
P → Pulse
PA/PT → Patient
PARC → Prevention and recovery center (residential unit in the community for short-term treatment – often a step-down from a hospital)
PE → Pulmonary embolism
PMH → Past medical history
PO → Per oral/orally
PPM → Permanent Pacemaker
PR → Pulse Rate
PRN → ‘as needed’ (as distinct from a regular dose of medication)
PRN → As required
PT → Patient
PT → Physiotherapy
Q1h/Q1w/Q1m → Every hour/every week/every month
QDS/QID → Four times a day
QID → 4 times a day
r/v → review
RA → Rheumatoid arthritis
RIB → Resting in bed
ROSC → Return of spontaneous circulation
RPN → Registered psychiatric nurse
Rx → Medical prescription
SNT → Soft, Non tender
SOB → Shortness of Breath
SOBOE → Shortness of breath on exertion
SOBOE → Shortness of breath on exertion
SRS → Supported residential service
Static factors Factors that do not change
STEMI → ST elevation MI
SW → Social Worker
Sx → Symptoms
Tab → Tablet
TB → Tuberculosis
TBI → Traumatic brain injury
TDS → Three times daily (medication frequency)
TDS → Thrice a day
THC → Cannabis/marijuana
TIA → Transient Ischaemic Attack
TLOC → Transient Loss of consciousness
Tx → Treatment
U/O → Urine output
UA → Urinalysis
UCC → Urgent Care Centre
UDS → Urine drug screen
US/USG → Ultrasound
UTI → Urinary tract infection
VBG → Venous blood gas
VH → Visual hallucinations
Vs → Vital signs
VSS → Vital signs stable
w/o → Without
WNL → Within normal limits
XR → Extended-release (medications)
y/yrs → Year
Ψ → Psychiatrist/psychiatric
Ψ → Reg Psychiatric registrar
++, +++ → Very (e.g. aggression+++)
+  → Positive

 

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