What Are The Most Common Medical Abbreviations?

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Every day here at Lauren’s Hope, we custom engrave medical ID jewelry. We engrave medical ID dog tags and medical alert bracelets and medical ID plaques and on and on. Some of them are rotary engraved for a discreet, tone-on-tone appearance. Most are premium laser engraved, as this process offers contrast for ease of reading. Some engravings are short, and some are long, and some are even funny or sweet or inspiring. But all of them have one thing in common: they have to be brief.

When engraving medical alert jewelry, it’s truly important to maximize your use of the space and communicate as much vital information as possible in the limited space available. That’s where common abbreviations come into play. Instead of typing the word, “allergy,” for instance, you might use the medical abbreviation for allergy, which is ALGY. The abbreviation for allergy, however, is an unusually easy one. The challenge is that some conditions and medications have the same abbreviations (i.e.: Treatment and Transplant are both abbreviated “TX.”), so at times, context is important. For example, if you’re a transplant recipient wearing a medical ID bracelet to alert first responders of your risk of organ rejection or the fact that you are on immunosuppressants, it would be easy for an EMT to understand that LIVER TX means “transplant,” as opposed to “treatment,” because of the medications you would list. However, if you simply list, “LIVER TX,” an EMT might not know for sure if you are in treatment for a liver condition or have had a liver transplant.

Fortunately, there are a great many very common medical abbreviations we see here on a daily basis. Our master engravers have compiled a list of the most frequently used abbreviations in the hope that it helps as you try to maximize the effectiveness of your engraving. You can download it free here!

Atrial FibrillationA-Fib
Allergy/Allergic ToALGY
Aortic Valve ReplacementAVR
AspirinASA
Blood PressureBP
CancerCA
Chronic Kidney DiseaseCKD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD
Congenital Adrenal HyperplasiaCAH
Congestive Heart FailureCHF
Coronary Artery DiseaseCAD
Coronary Heart DiseaseCHD
Cystic FibrosisCF
Deep Vein ThrombosisDVT
Defibrillate/DefibrillationDEFIB
Diabetic KetoacidosisDKA
Diabetes MellitusDM
Diagnosis or DiseaseDX/DIAG
DiscontinueD/C
Do Not ResuscitateDNR
EpinephrineEPI
Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)EPIPEN
Erythromycin EthylsuccinateEES
HistoryHX
HypertensionHTN
In Case of EmergencyICE
Insulin-Dependent Diabetes MellitusIDDM
IntravenousIV
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic PurpuraITP
Medication(s)/Prescription(s)MED/MEDS/RX/RXS
Mitral Valve ProlapsedMVP
NasogastricNG
No Known AllergiesNKA
No Known Drug Allergies (used for people who have known non-drug allergies but no known allergies to medications)NKDA
PenicillinPCN
TetracyclineTCN
Tracheal/TracheotomyTRACH
Transplant or TreatmentTX (requires context)
Von Willebrand’s DiseaseVWD

Once you have replaced those long diagnostic terms and medication names with common abbreviations, you’ll have more room to work with, which is great, because every medical ID should have, at a minimum, these basic pieces of information:

Your name
Your diagnosis(es)
Any known allergies or the fact that you have none
Any key treatment considerations
At least one emergency contact number

Still not sure what to engrave on your medical alert jewelry? Give us a call at 1.800.360.8680! We will gladly help you find the best solution for your needs. We’re here in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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