Phlebotomy Abbreviations List
Listed below is a table of the most commonly used phlebotomy abbreviations in alphabetical order along with their respective meanings.
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|ABG||Arterial Blood Gases (A test that measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in blood)|
|ABO||Bloodtyping (A method to tell your blood type)|
|ACD||Acid Citrate Dextrose (A solution of citric acid, sodium citrate and dextrose)|
|AED||Automated External Defibrillator (A portable device that measures heart rhythm)|
|AIDS||Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (aka Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is an advanced stage of HIV)|
|APTT||Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (A test commonly given after a patient takes blood thinners)|
|ASAP||As Soon As Possible|
|AVF||Arteriovenous Fistula (Abnormal passageway between an artery and a vein - Same as Shunt)|
|AVS||Arteriovenous Shunt (Abnormal passageway between an artery and a vein - Same as Fistula)|
|BBP||Blood-Borne Pathogen (Viruses or bacteria that are carried in blood)|
|BC or B/C||Blood Culture (BC is a common blood test abbreviation meaning Blood Culture, which is used to detect infections in the bloodstream)|
|BIL||Bilirubin (Brownish yellow substance found in bile)|
|BT||Bleeding Time (A medical test performed to assess platelet function)|
|BUN||Blood Urea Nitrogen|
|CBC||Complete Blood Count (A blood test that provides info about the types and numbers of cells in your blood)|
|CK||Creatine Kinase (Enzyme found mainly in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle)|
|Diff||Differential white count (Blood test that measures each type of white blood cell in your blood)|
|DNAR||Do Not Attempt Resuscitation|
|DNR||Do Not Resuscitate|
|ECG (EKG)||Electrocardiogram (Formerly EKG. A reading of the heart's electrical activity)|
|EDTA||EthyleneDiamineTetraacetic Acid (A polyamino carboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble solid)|
|ESR||Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (Test that measures how much inflammation is in the body)|
|EST||Evacuated Tube System (The most common method of drawing blood)|
|FDP||Fibrin Degradation Product|
|FUO||Fever of Unknown Origin|
|GTT||Glucose Tolerance Test (Test to check how your body breaks down sugar)|
|Hct||Hematocrit (Blood test that measures the percentage of the volume of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells)|
|HDL||High-Density Lipoprotein (aka good cholesterol))|
|Hgb||Hemoglobin (Protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen)|
|HIV||Human Immunodeficiency Virus (The virus that leads to AIDS)|
|LDL||Low-Density Lipoprotein (aka bad cholesterol))|
|NPO||Nil Per Os meaning "nothing by mouth"|
|PICC||Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter|
|PKU||Phenylketonuria (A rare condition where the individual does not have the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine)|
|POCT||Point of Care Testing (Medical testing at or near the site of patient care)|
|PP||Post Prandial (After a meal)|
|PSA||Prostate Specific Antigen (A protein produced by prostate cells)|
|PST||Plasma Separation Tube|
|PT||Prothrombin Time (Blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot)|
|QNS||Quantity Not Sufficient|
|RBC||Red Blood Cells|
|SST||Serum Separation Tube|
|TDM||Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (Measuring the levels of prescribed drugs in the blood stream)|
|TRIG||Triglycerides (Type of fat found in your blood)|
|TSH||Thyroid Stimulating Hormone|
|WBC||White Blood Cells|
|XDP||Serum Crosslinked Fibrin|
Reviewed on September 9, 2019