Common EMS Abbreviations
 
After IM Intramuscular
ā Before IO Intraosseous
Δ Change IV Intravenous
Decrease JVD Jugular Venous Distention
 
Every KVO Keep Vein Open
Increase LOC Loss of Consciousness
 
With LS Lung Sounds
 
Without MI Myocardial Infraction
AAA Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm MOE Moves all Extremities
ABC Airway, Breathing, Circulation MOI Mechanism of Injury
ABD Abdomen  N/G Nasogastric
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support N/V Nausea / Vomiting
ALOC Altered Level of Consciousnesses N/V/D Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea
ALS Advanced Life Support NAD No Apparent Distress
AMA Against Medical Advice NG Nasogastric
AMI Acute Myocardial Infarction NPO Nothing by Mouth
APAP Acetaminophen OD Overdose
ASA Aspirin OPA Oropharyngeal Airway
AVPU Alert, Verbal, Painful, Unresponsive P Pulse
BID Twice a Day PC After eating
BP Blood Pressure PERL Pupils Equal and Reactive
BS Blood Sugar PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
c/c Chief Complaint PMH Previous Medical History
C/O Complains Of PO By Mouth
c/o Complains Of PRN Whenever necessary
CA Cancer Pt Patient
CAD Coronary Artery Disease PTA Prior to Arrival
CC Chief Complaint QID Four times a Day
CHF Congestive Heart Failure qXh Every X Hours
clr Clear R/O Rule Out
CNS Central Nervous System resp Respirations
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Rx Treatment / Prescribed
CP Chest Pain s/s Signs / Symptoms
CSF Cerebral Spinal Fluid SL Sublingual
CSM Circulation / Sensory / Motor SNT Soft, Non-Tender
CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident SOB Short of Breath
cx Chest Sx Symptoms
D/C Discontinue Sz Seizure
Dx Diagnosis TIA Transient Ischemic Attack
EMS Emergency Medical System TID Three Times a Day
ETOH Alcohol TKO To Keep Open
FROM Full Range of Motion U/A Upon Arrival
fx Fracture UTI Urinary Track Infection
HA Headache V-Fib Ventricular Fibrillation
HTN Hypertension V-Tac Ventricular Tachycardia
hx History WNL Within Normal Limits
See Also:
http://www.globalrph.com/abbrev.htm
http://www.pharma-lexicon.com/