ABC check Airway, Breathing Circulation
ADAAG ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
AD/HD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL activities of daily living ADLs are basic activities that a person does on a daily routine. These include dressing, bathing, eating,
and using the bathroom. (assessing skills of daily living)
AED Automatic External Defibrillator:Do you need an AED? by Mayo Clinic Staff
A special training program is helping spread the word about the importance of knowing how to use an
automatic external defibrillator. Video by Web MD recommends Red Cross Project Lifesaver.
A fib Atrial Fibrillation
AHCD Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills
AIP Acute Intermittent Porphyria a group of inherited disorders of heme biosynthesis,
characterized by attacks of severe abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy and mental disturbances.
Porphyria by Mayo clinic Staff.
a.k.a. also known as
ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks
the nerve cells.
AR AORTIC REGURGITATION or Aortic valve regurgitation is a condition that occurs when your heart's aortic valve doesn't close tightly
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BANANA BANANA is an acronym for Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything (or Anyone).
The term is most often used to criticize the ongoing opposition of certain interest groups to land development.
BD Binswanger's disease (BD), also called subcortical vascular dementia, is a type of dementia caused by widespread, microscopic areas of
damage to the deep layers of white matter in the brain. The damage is the result of the thickening and narrowing (atherosclerosis) of arteries that
feed the subcortical areas of the brain. Atherosclerosis (commonly known as "hardening of the arteries") is a systemic process that affects blood vessels
throughout the body
BFF Best Friends Forever
BP Blood Pressure A blood pressure reading has a top number (systolic) and bottom number (diastolic). The ranges are:
Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80)
Prehypertension: 120-139 over 80-89
Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159 over 90-99
Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above over 100 and above
People whose blood pressure is above the normal range should consult their doctor about steps to take to lower it.
BMP Basic Metobolic Panel This panel measures the blood levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, chloride, carbon dioxide, glucose,
blood urea nitrogen, and creatinine
B.S. Bachelor of Science degree, typically earned at a University after completing four years of study.
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen kidney function blood test
CASL Chartered Advisor for Senior Living is a designation earned through The American College in Bryn Mawr , PA.
This is the premier college for insurance and financial services studies.
CBC Complete Blood Count
C DIFF Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-uhm dif-uh-SEEL) often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging
from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Illness from C. difficile most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or in long term
care facilities and typically occurs after use of antibiotic medications.
CERT The Community Emergency Response Team(CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may
impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster
CEU Continuing Education Unit is a measure used in continuing education programs, particularly those
required in a licensed profession in order for the professional to maintain the license.
CEUs are offered as an add-on to training courses completed through the American Red Cross.
CFP Certified Financial Planner is a designation earned through the College of Financial Planning.
CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CHAOS Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome
CHF Congestive heart failure (CHF),or heart failure, is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to the body's organs.
CIDP Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a neurological disorder characterized
by progressive weakness and Impaired sensory function in the legs and arms.
CIS Compromised Immune System
CIT Crisis Intervention Team programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community
respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement,
mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.
CLU Chartered Life Underwriter is a designation earned through the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA
This is the premier college for insurance and financial services studies.
CMA Comparable Market Analysis used in Real Estate property value assessment
Current Market Analysis on the Property including Estimated Value from US SEARCH
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
COBRA Continuation of Health Coverage
CO OP Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first-aid technique used to keep victims of cardiopulmonary arrest alive and to prevent brain damage while
more advanced medical help is on the way. CPR has two goals: keep blood flowing throughout the body keep air flowing in and out of the lungs.
CSF Cerebral Spinal Fluid
CTRS Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
CVA CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT a.k.a. STROKE Stroke Pictures Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Understanding Stroke
d.b.a. "doing business as" using a registered fictitious name
DLA Daily Living Activities Daily Living Aids
DME Durable Medical Equipment
DNR Do Not Recessitate is a request not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR) if your heart stops or if you stop breathing.
'Do not resuscitate' vs. 'allow natural death' an article By Jennifer Booth Reed, USA TODAY
DPOA durable Power of Attorney
DRT Digital Retinal Imaging
DSM-IV Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health
professionals in the United States DSM-5 in May 2013
DSS Missouri Dept. of Social Services
DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower limbs.
SHEER FLIGHT SOCKS
EOB Explanation of Benefits. Insurance notice with itemized charges for services, which services or charges
are not covered, and deductibles. Read Carefully. Errors occur in the medical code, or procedures
were not administered. Typically, with Medicare, you will receive two EOBs for each service.
One from Medicare Part A,B or D and the other from a supplemental private insurance provider
which patient pays separately to cover 20 % Medicare co-pay.
ERCP Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) uses a dye to highlight the bile ducts in you pancreas.
During ERCP, an endoscope is passed down your throat, through your stomach and into the upper part of your small intestine.
ESL English as a Second Language
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement
FSBO For Sale by Owner: typically used referring to home-sellers.
FYI For Your Information
GAD Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GOMER Get Out of My Emergency Room. Medical slang. Typically an old demented noncommunicative patient
An old person that takes up room in the hospital and doesn't have the common decency to die. Definition taken from an episode of Scrubs.
GRI Graduate of Realtors Institute National Association of Realtors earned designation
HAS Holmes-Aide Syndrome (HAS) Holmes-Adie syndrome (HAS) is a neurological disorder affecting the pupil of the eye and the
autonomic nervous system. It is characterized by one eye with a pupil that is larger than normal and constricts slowly in bright light
(tonic pupil), along with the absence of deep tendon reflexes, usually in the Achilles More Information found by Ashely.
HCD Health Care Directive The Go Wish game helps focus in a positive way on values and wishes about end-of-life care.
HDHP high deductible health plan
HDL d High-density lipoprotein "good" CHOLESTEROL
HELOC Home Equity Line Of Credit
IRS Internal Revenue Service. Have a Tax problem? Need Help?
KS Karposi's Sarcoma
LDLC Low-density lipoprotein "bad" CHOLESTEROL
LOL Laugh Out Loud
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), care for the sick, injured, convalescent,
and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
Training lasting about 1 year is available in about 1,200 State-approved programs mostly in vocational or technical schools.
LSW Licensed Social Worker
M.Ed. Masters of Education degree, earned by some Licensed Professional Counselors.
MFL Main Floor Laundry. Highly recommend caregiver install one, if you do not have one.
MI Myocardial Infarction a.k.a. heart attack
Myocardial ischemia occurs when blood flow to your heart muscle is decreased by a partial or complete blockage of your heart's arteries
(coronary arteries). The decrease in blood flow reduces your heart's oxygen supply.
MIP Mortgage Insurance Premium
MO modus operandi: manner of working
MPT Masters of Physical Therapy
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MSRP Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
MSW Masters of Social Work
NCS nerve conduction study
NP Nurse Practitioner Nurse practitioners are one of four types of advanced practice nurses that provide care to patients. The advance practice nurse is a
registered nurse who has a master's degree (MSN). Missouri NPs may practice independently and may specialize in areas including
family or women's health, medical, surgical, pediatric, gerontological, school, adult, neonatal, and more.
NT Night Terrors
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OI Opportunistic Infections are mild to severe infectious diseases in a compromised host. The
infections are caused by microorganisms that normally do not cause serious disease in healthy people.
OS Operating System for your computer.
OTC Over-the-Counter-medications and supplements
OT Occupational Therapy
PA Physician's Assistant
pdf printable document format. computer term for fliers and forms available as a document for print out.
PE Pulmonary Embolism
PET POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY SCAN
PCP PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII PNEUMONIA
Ph.D. Doctorate of Philosophy, earned by some Licensed Professional Counselors.
PID Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs.
PITI Principle, Interest, Taxes, Insurance, reference:mortage
PMI Private Mortgage Insurance
PK Preacher's Kid
PPA Partnership for Prescription Assistance
PPACA The Patient Protection a n d Affordable Care Act pdf
PRN "As the situation arises." used in treatment plan for some medication and therapy
PT Physical Therapist
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant
PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PVD PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISORDERS
QOL quality-of-life (QOL)
RN Registered Nurse
RICE Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate Sprains and Strains Treatment
RT 1. Respiratory Therapist 2. Recreational Therapist 3. Reminiscence Therapy
RWHFY Are we having FUN yet? Is this the FUN part?
SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
SD SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER SCHIZOPHRENIA
SLE SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS an inflammatory, autoimmune disease that affects nearly every organ system in the body
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility a.k.a. nursing home
SSI Supplemental Security Income through Social Security
STAT Stat, an abbreviation of the Latin statim, a medical term meaning "immediately"
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
TIA Transient Ischemic Attack
TIF Tax Increment Financing Local Tax Increment Financing (Local TIF) permits the use of a portion of local property and sales taxes to assist funding the
redevelopment of certain designated areas within your community. Areas eligible for Local TIF must contain property classified as a "Blighted", "Conservation" or an
"Economic Development" area, or any combination thereof, as defined by Missouri Statutes.
TKO Total Knock Out
TMI Too Much Information
TMJ TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder
TPO Thyroid peroxidase (TPO), an enzyme normally found in the thyroid gland, plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones.
A TPO test detects antibodies against TPO in the blood.
TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
TYG trust your gut.
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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an
uncontrollable urge to move them for relief.
Ventricular tachycardia is a rapid heart beat initiated within the ventricles,
characterized by 3 or more consecutive premature ventricular beats.
Registered Financial Consultant earned through the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.
LMT Licensed Massage Therapist - means licensed by the state they reside in and have completed requirements of education and training.
NCTMB Nationally Certified Therapist of Massage and Bodywork - achievement of additional education, training and maintaining a higher level
Nationally approved CEU's (Continuing Educational Units)
Registered nurses (RNs), record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help to perform diagnostic tests and analyze
results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
A bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), take about 4 years to complete. ADN programs, take about 2 to 3 years to
complete. Diploma programs, administered in hospitals, last about 3 years. Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three
types of educational programs qualify for entry-level positions as staff nurses.
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NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs -- are among the most common pain relief medicines in the world.in addition to dulling pain NSAIDs also
lower fever and reduce swelling. Aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer, and Excedrin), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin), Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis), Naproxen (Aleve)
An individual retirement account in which a person can set aside after-tax income up to a specified amount each year.
Earnings on the account are tax-free,tax-free withdrawals may be made after age 59 1/2 . Some banks and credit unions offer products
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A Health Savings Account (HSA) allows individuals and/or employers
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vision health essentials - not covered by insurance policies.
Unlike a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), unused funds do not disappear at year-end. HSA dollars
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"against medical advice" code entered on chart if you refuse medical care, or leave a medical facility before staff
think you are ready. Remember, you have the right leave a.m.a. Do your research. Trust your gut. Sometimes
YOU do know what is best for you and your caregivee. Consider legal and financial consequences.
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS
designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. National Association of Realtors earned designation
"cover your anatomy" "COVER YOUR ASSETS" do your research.
Read the fine print when making decisions always consider legal and financial issues.
You are your own best defense. Know your rights. Don't be bullied.Be prepared.
ELECTROMYOGRAPHY measures electrical activity of the muscles at rest and when they are used.
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows consumers to deduct pre-tax dollars from their paychecks and deposit those
funds in employer-sponsored accounts to pay for medical expenses - including over-the-counter, prescription, and
vision health essentials. Consumers then submit expense receipts to healthcare administrators for reimbursement.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) describes a clinical syndrome associated shrinking of the frontal and temporal
anterior lobes of the brain. Originally known as Pick’s disease,
HEMOGLOBIN A1C Blood test which monitors sugar metabolism over a two to three month period.
Difficult to "cheat" on THIS test!A1C test goes by many other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1c.
Human papillomavirus is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100
different strains or types.
In Case of Emergency Code: label contact people with ICE in your cell phone
for emergency personnel. ex: ICE 1:Nancy/sister ICE 2:Jessica/daughter
Multi-infarct dementia (MID) is a common cause of memory loss in the elderly.
MID is caused by multiple strokes (disruption of blood flow to the brain).
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT GIGO, this is a famous computer axiom meaning that if invalid data is entered into a system, the resulting output will
also be invalid. Although originally applied to computer software, the axiom holds true for all systems, including, for example, decision-making systems.
SPF (sun protection factor): measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening
from UVB, compared to how long the skin takes to redden without protection.
UVA (ultraviolet-A): long- wave solar rays of 320-400 nanometers (billionths of a meter). Although less likely than UVB to
cause sunburn, UVA penetrates the skin more deeply, and is considered the chief culprit behind wrinkling, leathering, and other aspects of "photoaging." The latest
studies show that UVA not only increases UVB 's cancer-causing effects, but may directly cause some skin cancers, including melanomas.
UVB (ultraviolet-B): short-wave solar rays of 290-320 nanometers. More potent than UVA in
producing sunburn, these rays are considered the main cause of basal and squamous cell
carcinomas as well as a significant cause of melanoma.
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a synthetic estrogen that was developed to supplement a woman's natural estrogen production.
First prescribed by physicians in 1938 for women who experienced miscarriages or premature deliveries,
MSA Medical Savings Account Archer MSAs An Archer MSA is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account that you set up with a U.S. financial
institution (such as a bank or an insurance company) in which you can save money exclusively for future medical expenses. You (or your employer) can contribute up to
75% of the annual deductible of your HDHP (65% if you have a self-only plan) to your Archer MSA. You must have the HDHP all year to contribute the full amount. If you do
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