Renal Acronyms

Renal Acronyms - kidney disease abbreviations

Renal Acronyms


ACA Affordable Care Act
ABG arterial blood gases
ADA american diabetic association
AGA acute glomerulonephritis
AHM anti-hypertensive medications
AKF American Kidney Fund
AKI acute kidney injury
AMA against medical advice
AMA American Medical Association
AMI acute myocardial infarction
ANNA American Nephrology Nurses Association
ARF acute renal failure


BFR blood flow rate
BG blood glucose
BID twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BS blood sugar
BUN blood urea nitrogen
BV Blood Volume


C&S culture and sensitivity
Ca calcium
CAD coronary artery disease
CAPD continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
CBC complete blood count
CCPD continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHF congestive heart failure
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (formally the Health Care Financing Administration, HCFA)
CNA certified nursing assistant
CNN certified nephrology nurse
CO cardiac output
COPs conditions of participation
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRF chronic renal failure
CRRT continuous renal replacement therapy
CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
CVP central venous pressure
CXR chest x-ray
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement


DAT diet as tolerated
DC (dc) discontinue
DEX (DXT) blood sugar
DM diabetes mellitus
DME durable medical equipment OR direct medical education
DNR do not resuscitate
DOQI Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative
DPC Dialysis Patient Citizens
DRG diagnosis related group
DVT deep vein thrombosis
DW Dry Weight
DX diagnosis


ECF extracellular fluid, extended care facility
ECV extracellular volume
ED emergency department
EKG electrocardiogram
EMG electromyogram
EMS emergency medical services
EOB Explanation Of Benefits
EPEC Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care
EPO Erythropoietin
ESA Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents
ESP Erythropoietin Stimulating Products
ESRD end stage renal disease


FBS fasting blood sugar
FDA Food & Drug Administration
FFS fee-for-service
FH family history
FI fiscal intermediary
FSGS Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
FUO fevor of unknown origin
FVD fluid volume deficit
FX fracture


GFR glomerular filtration rate
GI gastrointestinal
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary


HA headache
HB hemoglobin
HCFA Health Care Financing Administration (now known as CMS)
HCO3 bicarbonate
HCT hematocrit
HCV hepatitis C virus
HD hemodialysis
HDL high density lipoprotein
HFAK hollow fiber artificial kidney
HGB hemoglobin
HHA home health agency
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HMO health maitenance organization
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HS bedtime
HTN hypertension
HUS hemolytic uremic syndrome
Hx history


IBC iron binding capacity
IBW ideal body weight
ICD-9-CM International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical   Modification
ICU intensive care unit
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IDPN intradialytic parenteral nutrition
IDS Integrated Delivery System
IGs immunoglobulins
IH infectious hepatitis
IHD ischemic heart disease
IIP implantable insulin pump
IM intramuscular
IOM Institute of Medicine
IPD intermittent peritoneal dialysis
IPN intermittent parenteral nutrition
ISHD international society of hemodialysis
IV intravenous


JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association
JASN Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
JVP  jugular venous pressure


K potassium
KP Kidney/Pancreas
KCl potassium chloride
KCP Kidney Care Partners
KI potassium iodide
Kt/V clearance x time / volume
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
KVO keep vein open


LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LDL low density lipoprotein
LFTs liver function tests
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LORAC Life Options Rehabilitation Council
LOC loss of consiousness
LOS length of stay
LPN licensed practical nurse
LRD Living related donor
LTC long-term care
LTH long-term hospital
LUQ left upper quadrant
LV left ventricle


MAP mean arterial pressure
MCO Managed Care Organization
MD Medical Doctor
MDI multiple daily vitamin
MDH Medicare-dependent hospital
MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
MI myocardial infarction
ML milliliter
MM millimeter
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MSA metropolitan statistical area
MSO Management Services Organization
MSW Masters in Social Work


Na sodium
NaCl sodium chloride
NKF National Kidney Foundation
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NED no evidence of disease
NF nursing facility
NHHD nocturnal home hemodialysis
NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
NIH National Institutes of Health
NKA no known allergies
NKDA non-ketotic diabetic acidosis
NKR National Kidney Registry
NKMA no known medication allergies
NP nurse practitioner
NPD nightly peritoneal dialysis
NPO nothing by mouth
NPSF National Patient Safety Foundation
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
NV nausea & vomiting
NYD not yet diagnosed


OD right eye
OIG Office of Inspector General
OPTN Organ procurement and transplant network
OS left eye
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTC over the counter
OU both eyes


PA physician assistant
PAC premature atrial contraction
PC after meals
PCP Primary Care Physician
PCT Patient Care Technician
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDR physician’s desk reference
PEPP Patients Educating Patients and Professionals
PERL pupils equal, react to light
PERRLA pupils equal, round, react to light, accommodation
PH past history
PHOS Phosphorus
PI present illness
PICC peripherally inserted central venous catheter
PKD polycystic kidney disease
PO by mouth
POA power of attorney
POS Point Of Service
PPD purified protein derivative (test for TB)
PPO preferred provider organization
PRBC packed red blood cells
PRN as needed
PTH parathyroid hormone
PVD peripheral vascular disease
Px pneumothorax


QA quality assurance
QB blood flow
QD everyday
QI quality improvement
QID four times a day
QOD every other day
qs quantity sufficient, quantity required


R&D research and development
RBC red blood cell
RD Registered Dietitian
RDW red cell distribution width
RFA request for application
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
RO reverse osmosis
ROM range of motion
RPA Renal Physicians Association
RSN Renal Support Network
RUQ right upper quadrant
RV right ventricle
Rx prescription, pharmacy


Sa02 oxygen saturation
SHPT Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
S/S signs & symptoms
SLE systemic lupus erythamatosus
SNF skilled nursing facility
SOB short(ness) of breath
SS social services
SSA US social security administration
STAT immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
STM short term memory


TBSA total body surface area
THR total hip replacement
TIA transient ischemic attack
TIBC total iron binding capacity
TID three times a day
TMP transmembrane pressure
TNTC too numerous to mention
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TX transplant


UA urinalysis
UBW usual body weight
UNOS united network for organ sharing
URR urea reduction rate
USRDS United States Renal Data System
UTI urinary tract infection


VA Vascular Access
VLDL very low density lipoprotein
VS vital signs
VT/Vtach ventricular tachycardia
VW vessel wall


W/C wheelchair
WBC white blood cell
WEKAN Wellness & Education Kidney Advocacy Network
WD well developed
WN well nourished
WNL within normal limits

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