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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2008, 09:08:46 pm »
all the acronyms used on this site should be easily accessible - i have a vague knowledge of medical abbreviations for dosage because i worked for health care financing for yrs - but this site has its own stuff i am not aware of.

to deal with side effects on a governmental level would of been considered political - we only dealt with drugging people.
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2008, 07:55:13 pm »
Hi

The following is a list of common abbreviations used within the medical profession and at BenzoBuddies. If there are some omissions, please reply to this post and we will add them to the list.

  • b.i.d.  two times per day
  • CBC  Complete Blood Count
  • c/o  crossover
  • c/t  cold turkey
  • d/c discontinue
  • dx  diagnosis
  • hx  history
  • PCG  Primary Caregiver
  • PCP  Primary Care Physician
  • PRN  as needed
  • pt  patient
  • q  every
  • q.d.  once a day
  • q.h.  every hour
  • q.i.d.  every four hours (sometimes 'four times a day')
  • q.n.  Every night
  • rx  prescribe
  • script  prescription
  • SOB  Short Of Breath
  • sx  symptom
  • t.i.d.  three times per day
  • tx  treatment
  • w/d  withdrawal

Abbreviations are best avoided, but repeatedly using whole words and phrases can sometime be tiresome. If you are using a medical term several times within a post, it it would be better to write something like this:

We always advise against a c/t (cold turkey) withdrawal as it can be dangerous and counter productive. Unfortunately many come here having already attempted a c/t withdrawal.

Simply, explain the abbreviation the first time you use it within a post. ;)

They all look good to me except "every night". That is usually written as  "qhs".
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2008, 09:19:45 pm »
Hi NT,

Is it that q.n is wrong, or can it be either?

Thanks.
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2008, 02:53:53 am »
Not sure. Good question. All I know that in my 15 years of nursing here and in Canada I have never encountered qn as every night. Just qhs. :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2008, 03:10:23 am »
Not sure. Good question. All I know that in my 15 years of nursing here and in Canada I have never encountered qn as every night. Just qhs. :)

Ditto for me. In the US, that is.   ;)
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2009, 06:31:10 pm »
Hello,

I know its not an abbrevitation, but can someone explain to me what "windows" means?

Appreciate,

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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2009, 06:40:32 pm »
Hello,

I know its not an abbrevitation, but can someone explain to me what "windows" means?

Appreciate,

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It's when you are feeling somewhat normal, without symptoms. A window (an opening) of normalcy. [...] I've helped, maybe someone else can explain it better.  :)
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2009, 06:55:25 pm »
Yes, that has helped. Now I understand what it means,

thank you  :)

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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2009, 05:09:54 pm »
Maybe we should write up a similar sticky for commonly used phrases used on this forum. What do you all think?
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[Buddie]

Re: Doctorspeak - common medical abbreviations
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2009, 11:59:29 pm »
Maybe we should write up a similar sticky for commonly used phrases used on this forum. What do you all think?

I think that's a great idea! It would help a lot.  :)
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