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Commonly Used Abbreviations

Table 1 below outlines abbreviations commonly used in the ALS PCS.

A

  • Advanced Care Paramedic

    ACP

  • Advanced Life Support

    ALS

  • Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards

    ALS PCS

  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • As needed

    PRN

  • Atrioventricular

    AV

  • Automated external defibrillation

    AED

B

  • Base Hospital

    BH

  • Base Hospital Physician

    BHP

  • Basic Life Support

    BLS

  • Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards

    BLS PCS

  • Beats per minute

    BPM

  • Bag-valve-mask

    BVM

  • By mouth/oral

    PO

C

  • Critical Care Paramedic

    CCP

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    COPD

  • Centimetre

    cm

  • Continuous positive airway pressure

    CPAP

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

    CPR

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

    CPSO

  • Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale

    CTAS

  • Cerebral vascular accident

    CVA

  • Central venous access device

    CVAD

D

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
    DKA
  • Do Not Resuscitate

    DNR

E

  • Electronic control device

    ECD

  • Electrocardiogram

    ECG

  • Esophageal detection device

    EDD

  • Emergency department

    ED

  • End tidal carbon dioxide

    ETCO2

  • Endotracheal tube

    ETT

  • Every

    q

F

  • Fraction of inspired oxygen

    FiO2

  • Febrile respiratory infection

    FRI

G

  • Gram

    g

  • Glasgow Coma Scale

    GCS

H

  • Heart Rate

    HR

  • History

    Hx

I

  • Intramuscular

    IM

  • Intranasal

    IN

  • Intraosseous

    IO

  • Intravenous
    IV

J

  • Joule

    J

K

  • Kilogram

    kg

L

  • Level of awareness

    LOA

  • Level of consciousness

    LOC

M

  • Maximum

    Max.

  • Metered dose inhaler

    MDI

  • Microgram

    mcg

  • Milligram

    mg

  • Milliseconds

    ms

  • Minimum

    Min.

  • Minute

    min

  • Millilitre per kilogram

    ml/kg

  • Millimetres of mercury

    mmHg

  • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

    MOHLTC

N

  • Not applicable

    N/A

  • Nostril

    nare

  • Nebulized

    NEB

  • Nasopharyngeal airway

    NPA

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug

    NSAID

O

  • Ontario Base Hospital Group-Medical Advisory Committee

    OBHG-MAC

  • Oropharyngeal airway

    OPA

P

  • Pediatric

    Ped

  • Primary Care Paramedic

    PCP

  • Pulseless electrical activity

    PEA

R

  • Regional Base Hospital

    RBH

  • Return of spontaneous circulation

    ROSC

  • Respiratory rate

    RR

S

  • Sodium chloride

    NaCl

  • Subcutaneous

    SC

  • Sublingual

    SL

  • Systolic blood pressure

    SBP

  • Saturation of peripheral oxygen

    SpO2

  • ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

    STEMI

T

  • Topical

    TOP

  • Termination of Resuscitation

    TOR

  • Traumatic brain injury

    TBI

  • Tricyclic antidepressant

    TCA

  • Transcutaneous pacing

    TCP

U

  • Upper respiratory tract infection

    URTI

V

  • Ventricular Fibrillation

    VF

  • Ventricular Tachycardia

    VT

  • Vital signs absent

    VSA

W

  • Water

    H2O

  • Within normal limits

    WNL

Contact

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