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This page consist of online training for EMS personnel.  The subject of training is "Medical Abbreviations".  To see more training topics,  Click Here!

This page breaks down medical abbreviations for the EMS provider.  We hope we have included what would be a good variety of abbreviations.  Please feel free to save, print, or use these abbreviations in anyway that would be helpful to you.

Abbreviations are used to shorten words for ease of writing. Abbreviations may vary for each Ambulance Service or Medical Institution. Most have an approved list of Abbreviations that are acceptable for use. The following Table will contain a list of the most common abbreviations for the EMS Professional.


AIDSacquired immune deficiency syndromeLLQleft lower quadrant
A & Pauscultation and percussionLMPlast menstral period
ASAPas soon as possibleLUQLeft upper quadrant
BMbowel movementmgmilligram
BPblood pressureMImyocardial infarction
BSAbody surface areamlmilliliter
CAcancerMVAmoter vehicle accident
CADcoronary artery diseaseNaHCO3sodium bicarbonate
CCchief complaintNaClsodium chloride
CCUcardiac care unitNGnasogastric
CHFcongestive heart failureNSnormal saline
CNScentral nervous systemNSRnormal sinus rhythm
C/Ocomplains ofO2oxygen
COPDchronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseOBobstetrics
CPRcardiopulmonary resuscitationODoverdose
CSFcerebrospinal fluidORoperating room
CVAcerebrovascular accident, brain attackPDRPhysician's Desk Reference
DCdiscontinuePEphysical exam
DOAdead on arrivalPMHxpast medical history
DTdelirium tremorsHPIhistory of present illness
DxdiagnosisPOby mouth
EKG or ECGelectrocardiogram PRNwhen necessary
EDemergency departmentPtpatient
EMSemergency medical servicesqevery
ETTendotracheal tubeqdevery day
ETOHethyl alcoholqhevery hour
Fxfractureqidfour times a day
GIgastrointestinalRLQright upper quandrant
g or gmgramRUQright upper quadrant
GSWgunshot woundSQsubcutaneous
GyngynecologicSIDSsudden infant death syndrome
H & Phistory and physicalstatimmediately
HR heart rateswithout
ICUintensive care unitTIDthree times a day
IMintramuscularTKOto keep open
IUDintrauterine deviceTPR tempature, pulse, and respiration
IVintravenousVDvenereal disease
KgkilogramV/Svital signs
KUBkidney, ureter, bladdery.oyears old


We hope these abbreviations were of some use.  Abreviations are quite useful if used appropriately in the pre-hospital setting.  Your comments/suggestions are welcome, feel free to E-mail us about any topic we present.

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