Medication route abbreviations

Going total about medication administration routes and their abbreviations, let’s get started. As a nursing student or new nurse, you want to be familiar with these abbreviations because you know Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations may floor you. You may hear some other nurses say other physicians ordered that poori need to give this aim or ivory sub q, etc… You want to be familiar with how that route is used to admin istermedicationsnow one thing you want to remember about abbreviations.

Medication route abbreviations

Whenever you’re documenting or taking orders, you’re using approved abbreviations set by your employer. Most employers will have a list of abbreviations that you can use whenever you’re documenting or taking orders because some can have multiple meanings. 

They want to prevent medical errors, and if you’re ever in doubt about an abbreviation, you can always write it out first. Let’s talk about medication administration routes that deal with the mouth a very popular term you’ll hear in nursing isp o, and p o stands for a Latin term called pros, and what this means is by the mouth through.

The mouth and thesis are a very popular way to give medications, give many tablets and capsules. Liquid medications through this route, we have the sublingual route and the abbreviation for thesis sl, so sub means under.

 Lingual means tongue so we give the medication underneath the tongue now a medication you may encounter as a nurse that goes under the tongue is like nitroglycerin, so if your patient’ shaving acute chest pain and it’s ordered, you can give theme nitro-glycerine tablet and hopefully that will help relieve their chest pain another route we can give through the mouth is called the becalm route, and it’s abbreviated buck.

And this is where you place the medication in-between the cheek and the gum, so we’re giving this through the transmucosal route. Some medications that Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can give this way are certain forms of upload pain medication, smoking cessation products, and etchant; since we’re talking about the mouthy, I want to throw this out there. 

Hence, another popular term that you’re going to hear in nursing is no, so this is again in Latin. It means nil per oats, which means nothing by mouths’ poi was bi-mouth, but when you put it in front of it, it means that the patient can have nothing by mouth. Now let’s talk about medication administration.

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Routes, where we give the medication directly into the vein now to do this, the patient will need iv accessing a vein somewhere usually on their arms. You’re going to see a very popular term known as viand iv stands for intravenous, so whenever you’re giving anything, if you’re giving it directly into that vein-through some iv access now some other terminology you may hear about whenever we’re talking about the venus route is like iv piggyback and it’s abbreviated ivpbso with this what we’re doing is we have the mainline of fluids running, let’s say it’s like.

Normal saline, and then we’re going to hang another bag it’sbagit’s going to have shorter tubing. It’s going to hence piggyback or connect into that main line of tubing with the normal saline in it, and usually what we do this with is like antibiotics and then another common way we can give directly into the veins through an iv push so intravenous push you may see it abbreviatedivp, and this is where we draw the medication up in a syringe. We push it into their access. Now let’s talk about medication administration routes that use.

An injection or the skin delivers medication to a patient’s body, so one way we can deliver medication is through a misroute. It stands for intramuscular, and we give many vaccines, even some types of antibiotics and hormone therapy through the muscle. 

Another route is through the subcutaneous route and thesis where we use the fat within the skin’s tissue now it’s abbreviated as some medications that you will encounter as a nurse that Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations will administer sub-nor like insulin or anticoagulants like heparin and enoxaparin which is known as Lovenox then we have the intradermal route. It is abbreviated did now; this isn’t as common.

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Let’s say the sub q route or the imroutebut. This is where Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can give an injection into the dermis, which is found between the epidermis and the hypodermis, so what can be given this way are allergy tests or the mantuskin test.

which is the TB test to test for tuberculosis and as you can see here in this picture this patient is getting this test. They’re giving it via the intradermal injection and notice that their skin hence bubbles pit creates a wheel and then lastly weave the transversal route now this is not given via injection instead something is placed on top of the skin now this is abbreviated sated so medications that we can give via this route.

They are like medicated patches or ointments applied to that top surface of the skin, so we’re placing it on the epidermis, and it’s going to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some medications that you may administer like this are pain relief medications like fentanyl patches. Suppose you work on a cardiac unit, likenitrocream like a nitro bib that you can put on the chest to help with chest pain. Now let’s talk about some various medication administration routes that you will encounter as a nurse. One way is through the inhalation route, so in held and it’s abbreviatedinhnow with these medications that require this, they will enter into.

The respiratory tract so any inhaler your patient may be prescribed or nebulizers like breathing treatments and you’ll see respiratory therapy administer these types of treatments many times next is the intraosseous route, and this is known as the ion route now this isn’t very common because it’s used in emergencies and this is where access is placed in the marrow of the bones they may use this site whenever there’s a code blue situation. You can’t obtain iv access. It’s like felt so that they can give medications and fluids through this route.

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Which will enter the vascular system, and then we have the end tracheal tube routes. If your patient has an endotracheal tube, Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can give medications through this, but this is just for emergencies whenever Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can’t obtain access. 

Any other ways, what you’ll be giving is like emergency type drugs through it, and you’ll see it abbreviated eat. Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations will instill medications through this. They’ll be absorbed through the alveoli and cross over into the bloodstream. Only Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can give certain medications through this breathing tube.

And how you can remember it is you can remember the word lands lidocaine atropine naloxone epinephrine and diazepam the eyes are also another route that Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can use to administer medications now whenever using this route you’ll want to write out the word. 

You want to designate which eye, like the right eye, the left eye, or both eyes, now they no longer commend using the abbreviations o so d or o you to abbreviate for this route because it can get confused with other routes, in addition, the ear can be used as a route of medication administration.

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As well, and just like with the eye, it’s best to write this route out and designate is it the right ear, left ear, or both ears. Before, sad and au were abbreviations used for this route, but that is no longer recommended. Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can also give medications through the rectum. 

You can see this abbreviated  stands for per rectum. In addition, Medication Routes of Administration and Medical Abbreviations can order medications vaginally, so you may see this abbreviated vat or pomp PV stands. Former vagina medications can also be instilled in the nose so nasally so the patient can have some medication order nasally where you would squirt the prescribed male in each.

Nostril, and lastly, medications can also be administered through some tube-like a feeding tube sooner way is through a nasogastric tube. You may see this abbreviated in getting, and this is where a tube is inserted through the nose down into the esophagus and the stomach; another popular way is through a peg tube peg stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.

and this is where the tube is inserted surgically, so they insert it through the skin, and it sets inside the stomach okay so that wraps up this video on the different types overmedication administration routes and their abbreviations now don’t forget to access the free quiz that will test you on this material.

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