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Abbramat Mouse Mat

Medical Abbreviation Guide (UK) Available in the Website Shop

Medical and Nursing Abbreviations on a Mouse Mat

90+ of the most common UK Medical Abbreviations
The ambiguous ones have been avoided – as much as possible...
Safety Notice

Medical & Nursing Abbreviations:

The Abbramat should be used as a Guide only

There may be local variations, differences between specialities, and between individual practitioners

If in doubt, it is safer not to use an Abbreviation

There will always be a degree of risk, from misinterpretation, wherever an Abbreviation is used

This Abbramat is intended for use in the UK

Abbreviations are often used – in many different occupations and activities – to save time.
Medical and Nursing Abbreviations can be incomprehensible to those who are not used to them.

Especially junior students, new hospital staff... and patients and their families too.
Message to Student Nurses:

If you’re a brand new Student Nurse, sitting in on your first few “handovers” or “ward reports” may be quite bewildering for you.

The nurse “handing over” will be speaking very quickly.
Especially if the ward is very busy. Which it will be...

And she’ll use lots of Abbreviations.
Abbreviations that mean absolutely nothing to you – at first.

The good news: You’ll soon get used to Abbreviations.

The bad news: Abbreviations are not always interpreted as they were intended.

Sometimes this can cause problems, where patient care is concerned.

So be very careful when you hear or read an Abbreviation.

It may not mean what you think it does.

If in doubt: Ask...It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Daily? Right eye? Overdose?You won’t find “OD” on an Abbramat...
A & P

Anatomy & Physiology? Anterior & Posterior?
Auscultation & Percussion?You won’t find “A & P” on an Abbramat...

Dead On Arrival? Date of Admission?
Duration of Action?You won’t find “DOA” on an Abbramat...

Family History? Fetal Heart? Fundal Height? You won’t find “FH” on an Abbramat...

You won’t find “GSW” on a UK Abbramat...

You might find “GWS” on an American Abbramat...

And it might be intended to mean “Gun Shot Wound”... !

You will find these on an Abbramat:

CVA / CVP / CVS What could they mean?

You will find these on an Abbramat:

IVF / IVI / IVP Any ideas?

You will find these on an Abbramat:


What do they mean?


BNO has been included on the Abbramat because it’s often used in the UK, by Nursing and Medical Staff, as an Abbreviation for “Bowels Not Opened”.

But just be careful: An alternative intended meaning of “BNO”, especially outside the UK, is “Bladder Neck Obstruction”.

You can often work out the intended meaning of an Abbreviation from the context in which it is written or spoken.

For example:
FH 140 Regular
(Written in Maternity Case Notes)

The most likely intended meaning of “FH” would be “Fetal Heart”.

Who is the Abbramat for? (UK)

Healthcare Workers
Health Care Assistants (HCAs)
Student Nurses
Student Midwives
Physiotherapy Students
Occupational Therapy Students
Medical Students
NHS Medical & Nursing Staff from outside the UK
Qualified Staff
Teachers / Mentors
Hospital Managers
Medical Secretaries
Receptionists (in Hospitals & in GPs’ Surgeries)
Support Workers
And Others...

Abbramat as a Spelling Aid

Medical terms are often very difficult to spell.
And they’re often missing from computer spell checkers.

Your Abbramat will help you to spell these tricky words properly: diarrhoea, ischaemic, staphylococcus, tuberculosis and more...

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