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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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ABGArterial Blood Gases (A test that measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in blood)
ABOBloodtyping (A method to tell your blood type)
ACDAcid Citrate Dextrose (A solution of citric acid, sodium citrate and dextrose)
AEDAutomated External Defibrillator (A portable device that measures heart rhythm)
AIDSAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (aka Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is an advanced stage of HIV)
APTTActivated Partial Thromboplastin Time (A test commonly given after a patient takes blood thinners)
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
AVFArteriovenous Fistula (Abnormal passageway between an artery and a vein - Same as Shunt)
AVSArteriovenous Shunt (Abnormal passageway between an artery and a vein - Same as Fistula)
BBPBlood-Borne Pathogen (Viruses or bacteria that are carried in blood)
BC or B/CBlood Culture (BC is a common blood test abbreviation meaning Blood Culture, which is used to detect infections in the bloodstream)
BILBilirubin (Brownish yellow substance found in bile)
BTBleeding Time (A medical test performed to assess platelet function)
BUNBlood Urea Nitrogen
CBCComplete Blood Count (A blood test that provides info about the types and numbers of cells in your blood)
CKCreatine Kinase (Enzyme found mainly in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle)
DiffDifferential white count (Blood test that measures each type of white blood cell in your blood)
DNARDo Not Attempt Resuscitation
DNRDo Not Resuscitate
ECG (EKG)Electrocardiogram (Formerly EKG. A reading of the heart's electrical activity)
EDTAEthyleneDiamineTetraacetic Acid (A polyamino carboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble solid)
ESRErythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (Test that measures how much inflammation is in the body)
ESTEvacuated Tube System (The most common method of drawing blood)
FDPFibrin Degradation Product
FUOFever of Unknown Origin
GTTGlucose Tolerance Test (Test to check how your body breaks down sugar)
HctHematocrit (Blood test that measures the percentage of the volume of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells)
HDLHigh-Density Lipoprotein (aka good cholesterol))
HgbHemoglobin (Protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen)
HIVHuman Immunodeficiency Virus (The virus that leads to AIDS)
LDLLow-Density Lipoprotein (aka bad cholesterol))
LHLeutinizing Hormone
NPONil Per Os meaning "nothing by mouth"
PICCPeripherally Inserted Central Catheter
PKUPhenylketonuria (A rare condition where the individual does not have the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine)
Plt (PLT)Platelets
POCTPoint of Care Testing (Medical testing at or near the site of patient care)
PPPost Prandial (After a meal)
PSAProstate Specific Antigen (A protein produced by prostate cells)
PSTPlasma Separation Tube
PTProthrombin Time (Blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot)
QNSQuantity Not Sufficient
RBCRed Blood Cells
SSTSerum Separation Tube
TDMTherapeutic Drug Monitoring (Measuring the levels of prescribed drugs in the blood stream)
TRIGTriglycerides (Type of fat found in your blood)
TSHThyroid Stimulating Hormone
WBCWhite Blood Cells
XDPSerum Crosslinked Fibrin

Reviewed on September 9, 2019