Common Abbreviations

A & B – Apnea and Bradycardia

Bili – Bilirubin

BP – Blood Pressure, see Low Blood Pressure

BPD – Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

cc or ml – Metric measures of liquid; 30cc (or ml) is 1 ounce; 5 cc is ~1 teaspoon

CNS – Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) or Clinical Nurse Specialist

CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (air or oxygen delivered under a small amount of pressure)

CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

ET – Endotracheal (refers to a tube placed through the mouth or nose to the wind pipe)

Gms or grams – Metric weight; 450 grams = 1 pound; 1 kilogram (Kg) = 1000 grams

HFOV – High Frequency Ventilator

IMV – Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation – # of breaths per minute by the ventilator

IV – Intravenous (by vein)

IVH – Intraventricular Hemorrhage

LP – Lumbar Puncture (getting sample of spinal fluid using a needle)

NEC – Necrotizing Enterocolitis

NG – Nasal Gastric (tube going from nose to stomach)

NICU – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NNP– Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

NPO – Nothing by Mouth

O2 – Oxygen

OG – Oral Gastric (tube going from mouth to stomach)

OT – Occupational Therapist

PDA – Patent Ductus Arteriosus

PICC – an tiny catheter or tube placed into a vein to give fluids or nutrition

PT – Physical Therapist

PVL – Periventricular Leukomalacia

RN – Registered Nurse

ROP – Retinopathy of Prematurity

RDS – Respiratory Distress Syndrome

SIMV – Synchronized Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (machine breaths timed to baby’s)

TPR – Temperature, pulse and respiration

TTNB – Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn

TPN  – Total Parenteral Nutrition (nutrition by vein)

UAC – Umbilical Artery Catheter

UTI – Urinary Tract (kidney or bladder) Infection

UVC – Umbilical Venous Catheter

VS – Vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure)

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