Common Medical Abbreviations & Terms (cont.)
DDX: Differential diagnosis The variety diagnostic possibilities being considered.
DM: Diabetes mellitus.
DNR: Do not resuscitate. This is a specific order not to revive a patient artificially if they succumb to illness. If a patient is given a DNR order, they are not resuscitated if they are near death and no code blue is called.
DOE: Dyspnea on exertion. Shortness of breath with activity.
DTR: Deep tendon reflexes. These are reflexes that the doctor tests by banging on the tendons with a rubber hammer.
ETOH: Alcohol. ETOH intake history is often recorded as part of a patient history.
H&H: Hemoglobin and hematocrit. When the H & H is low, anemia is present. The H&H can be elevated in persons who have lung disease from long term smoking or from disease, such as polycythemia rubra vera.
H&P: History and physical examination.
h.s.: At bedtime. As in taking a medicine at bedtime.
H/O or h/o: History of. A past event that occurred.
I&D: Incision and drainage.
IMP: Impression. This is the summary conclusion of the patient's condition by the healthcare practitioner at that particular date and time.
in vivo: In the body.
IU: International units.
K: Potassium. An essential electrolyte frequently monitored regularly in intensive care.
KCL: Potassium chloride.
LBP: Low back pain. LBP is one of most common medical complaints.
Lytes: Electrolytes (potassium, sodium, carbon dioxide, and chloride).
MVP: Mitral valve prolapse.
N/V: Nausea or vomiting.
Na: Sodium. An essential electrolyte frequently monitored regularly in intensive care.