NICU and Nursery Abbreviations


A/B - apnea/bradycardia spell
A/B/D - apnea/bradycardia desaturation spell
AGA - appropriate for gestational age
ASD - atrial septal defect
ATB - antibiotics
BBT - baby's blood type
BM - bowel movement
Br Milk - breast milk (.67 kcal/cc)
BPD - bronchopulmonary dysplasia
C/S - cesarean section
CHD - congenital heart defect
CHF - congestive heart failure
CMV - cytomegalovirus
CNS - central nervous system
COC - circumoral cyanosis
CPAP - continuous positive airway pressure
CPD - cephalo-pelvic disproportion
CPT - chest physiotherapy
CS - chemstrip
CSF - cerebrospinal fluid
CXR - chest x-ray
DIC - disseminated intravascular coagulation
DR - delivery room
ETT - endotracheal tube
FOC - frontal-occipital circumference
FSBG - fingerstick blood gas
FTP - failure to progress
G-P- - gravida ____para____ (pregnancies; live births)
GBS - group B streptococcus
HCS - hemacombistick
HCT - hematocrit
HFV - high frequency ventilation
HFOV - high frequency oscillating ventilation
HMD - hyaline membrane disease
HMF - human milk fortifier (makes breast milk .8 kcal/cc)
HTN - hypertension
HUS - head ultrasound
IDM - infant of diabetic mother
IMV - intermittent mandatory ventilation
IUGR - intrauterine growth retardation
IVF - in vitro fertilization
IVH - intraventricular hemorrhage
LGA - large for gestational age
LLSB - lower left sternal border
LMD - local medical doctor
LSB - left sternal border
MAP - mean airway pressure
MAS - meconium aspiration syndrome
MBT - mother's blood type
MCL - midclavicular line
MGM - maternal grandmother
NAD - no apparent distress
NC - nasal cannula
NEC - necrotizing enterocolitis
NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NNS - neonatal screen
NPCPAP - nasopharyngeal continuous positive airway pressure
NPO - nothing by mouth
NVN - neonatal venous nutrition
PDA - patent ductus arteriosis
PEEP - peak and expiratory pressure
PF - premie formula (.8 kcal/cc)
PFC - persistent fetal circulation
PGE1 - prostaglandin E1
PGF - paternal grandfather
PIE - pulmonary interstitial hypertension
PIH - pregnancy induced hypertension
PIP - peak inspiratory pressure
PIV - peripheral intravenous line
PKU - phenylketonuria, a disease detected on the NNS
PMI - point of maximum intensity
PNP - pediatric nurse practitioner
PPHN - persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
PPS - peripheral pulmonic stenosis
PRBCs - packed red blood cells (concentrated)
PROM - premature rupture of membranes
PTL - preterm labor
PVL - periventricular leukomalacia
RA - room air (21% oxygen)
RCM - right costal margin
RDS - respiratory distress syndrome
ROM - rupture of membranes OR range of motion
ROP - retinopathy of prematurity
RSV - respiratory syncitial virus
SAB - spontaneous abortion
SF - stock formula (.67 kcal/cc)
SGA - small for gestational age
TCM - transcutaneous monitor (PO2, PCO2)
TG - true glucose
TTN - transient tachypnea of the newborn
UAC - umbilical arterial catheter
UVC - umbilical venous catheter
VLBW - very low birth weight baby
VSD - ventricular septal defect
VS - vital signs