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How To Maximize A Stay In A Hospital

Common Words Professionals Use In A Hospital

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As a patient, you may have a hard time understanding some of the jargon used by doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.   Here are some commonly used terms and what they mean:

  • Ambulate means that thepatient is to be taken for a walk.
  • BP is your blood pressure.
  • Emesis Basin is the pan brought to patients who are sick to their stomachs.
  • Force fluids means to encourage the patient to drink lots of liquids.
  • HR equals your heart rate.
  • IPPB means use an intermittent positive pressure breathing machine to aid breathing.
  • IV is an intravenous line (a plastic line attached to a needle inserted in your vein). An IV is used for getting medication and other fluids into your system.
  • NPO means that the patient is not allowed anything to eat or drink.
  • OOB means out of bed.
  • Void is another word for urinate..

Shorthand for how often to give a medication is:

  • Qid means four times a day.
  • Tid means three times a day.
  • Bid means two times a day.
  • Qd means every day
  • Qod means every other day.
  • Qhs means every night at bedtime. 

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