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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hospital Abbreviation Lexicon

The following are abbreviations commonly found by respiratory therapists in the hospital setting.

  1. DNR:  Do not resuscitate
  2. HMO:  Health maintenance organization
  3. HME: Heat and Moisture Exchanger; artificial nose
  4. NIV: Noninvasive Ventilation
  5. NPPV:  Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation
  6. BiPAP: BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure
  7. CPAP: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  8. PEEP: Positive End Expiratory Pressure
  9. IPAP: Inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure
  10. PS: Pressure Support
  11. PSV:  Pressure Support Ventilation
  12. PPV: Positive Pressure Ventilation
  13. IPPB: Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
  14. VS: Volume Support
  15. AC: Assist Control
  16. VCV:  Volume Control Ventilation
  17. PRVC:  Pressure Regulated Volume Control
  18. VC:  Volume Control
  19. SIMV:  Synchronized Intermittent Minute Ventilation
  20. IMV:  Intermittent Minute Ventilation
  21. PCIRV:  Pressure Controlled Inverse Ratio Ventilation
  22. APRV:  Airway Pressure Release Ventilation
  23. MV:  Minute Ventilation
  24. PEFR:  Peak flow Rate 
  25. IC:  Inspiratory Capacity
  26. FRC:  Forced Residual Capacity
  27. TLC:  Total Lung Capacity
  28. RV:  Residual Volume
  29. IRV:  Inspiratory Residual Volume
  30. ERV:  Expiratory Residual Volume
  31. VC:  Vital Capacity
  32. COPD:  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  33. CF:  Cystic Fibrosis
  34. V:  VentilatiO2on
  35. Q:  Perfussion
  36. FiO2:  Fraction of inspired oxygen
  37. PaO2:  Partial Pressure of arterial oxygen (blood gas)
  38. PaCO2:  Partial Pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (blood gas)
  39. O2:  Oxygen
  40. CO2:  Carbon dioxide
  41. SpO2:  Oxygen saturation (pulse oximeter)
  42. EtCO2:  End tidal CO2 (calculated)
  43. OSA: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  44. CHF:  Congested Heart Failure
  45. CHD:  Coronary Heart Disease
  46. MI:  Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  47. VT:  Tidal Volume
  48. VE:  Minute Volume
  49. ICU:  Intensive Care Unit
  50. CCU:  Critical Care Unit
  51. CXR:  Chest x-ray
  52. RX:  Prescriptjion
  53. ET:  Endotracheal
  54. ETT:  Endotracheal Tube
  55. EKG:  Electrocardiogram
  56. EEG:  Electroencephalography
  57. ABG: Arterial Blood Gas
  58. CBC:  Complete Blood Count
  59. LDL:  Bad cholesterol
  60. HDL:  Good cholesterol
  61. WBC: White Blood Cell
  62. RBC:  Red Blood Cell
  63. HCT:  Hematocrit
  64. BMP:  Basic Metabolic Panel
  65. BUN:  Blood Urea Nitrogen
  66. CK:  Creatine Kinase

1 comment:

migrainuer said...

NTS? PEP therapy? FRVC? PPO? I marked the first page in the large notebook I used for all my field related classes (anything respiratory, not World Geography) Alphabet soup. Having these acronyms in one easy to reference place helped me.