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ABCs of medical bracelets

Lengthy medical conditions can eat up space on a medical ID. That's why a list of abbreviations has evolved.

Here are a few of the dozens of standard abbreviations that are used:

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ARDS:

adult respiratory distress syndrome

BKA:

below knee amputation

CXR:

chest X-ray

qh:

every hour

Hx:

history

IDDM:

Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

NPO:

nothing by mouth

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prn:

whenever necessary

—William Hagemen

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