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ABCDE - Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability (what's wrong), Expose
     (the disability)
AO x 3 - A&O X3   Alert and Oriented to Person Place and Time.
       (Who are you?, Where are You?, What time is it?, What were you doing?)
       X1: person only, X4: PPT + situation. answers questions appropriately and timely.
       See AVPU
A&Ox4 - Alert & Oriented to 
AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
ACO - Alert Conscious Oriented
ACLS - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support 
AED - Automated External Defibrillators
AICD - Automatic Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator
ALOC - Altered Level of Conciousness
ALS - Advanced Life Support (EMT-P ParaMedic)
Anaphylaxis - Allergic reaction to things like wasp or bee-stings,
            peanuts, or other foods causing swelling of the throat.
AOB - Alcohol On Breath
AOS - Arrived On Scene
APE - Acute Pulmonary Edema
APE - Acute Pulmonary Embolism
ARES -  Amateur Radio Emergency Services - non-government (ARRL)
ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
ASPR - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response 
ASR - Acute Stress Reaction
AV - Atrio-Ventricular (cardiac)
AVPU - Alert, Verbal Responsive, Pain response (moans), Unresponsive
B/P - Blood Pressure
BDLS - Basic Disaster Life Support
BGL - Blood Glucose Level
BLS - Basic Life Support. Basic First Aid training/EMT-B 
      - CPR, mouth-to-mouth ventilation, ...
BP - Blood Pressure
BSI - Body Substance Isolation
BSL - Blood Sugar Level
BTLS - Basic Trauma Life Support
BVM - Bag Valve Mask (Ambu Bag (tm))
BVR - bag-valve mask resuscitators
c/o - complains of
C/P - Chest Pain
C/T/M -  Skin color, temperature and moisture
CAD - Coronary Artery Disease
CAOx4 - Conscious, Alert, and Oriented x4
CART - County Animal Rescue Team
CBD - Criteria Based Dispatch
CC - Chief Complaint
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CEOHS  Consumer, Environmental and  Occupational Health Service
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team 
CEU - Continuing Education Units
CEVO -  Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator
     or Certified Emergency Vehicle Operations
CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CSM (or CMS) - Circulation, Sensation, Motion
CVA - CerebrialVascular accident (Stroke)
DCAPBTLS - Deformities, Contusions, Abrasions, Punctures & Penetrations,
          Blood & Burns, Tenderness, Lacerations, Swelling
DMAT - Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
DPW - Department of Public Works
ECC - Emergency Cardiovascular Care
EKG - Electrocardiograms 
EMAC - Emergency Management Assistance Compact
EMD - Emergency Medical Dispacher
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
EMT-B's - Emergency Medical Technician-Basic 
EMT-P's - Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics 
EMT - Emergency Management Team 
EMT - Emergency Medical Technician
EMT - Emergency Medicine Technician
EOC - Emergency Operations Center
EOP - Emergency Operations Plan (one per community)
EpiPen - Emergency epinephrine injector for treatment of Anaphylaxis
ERO - The Emergency Response Organization 
ERT - Emergency Response Team
ESTC - Emergency Services Training Center
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency 
Five O - 5O - Somerset Medical Center
Fx - Fracture
HTN - Hypertension High BP
Hyper - High
Hypo - Low
Hyponutrimia - Electrolyte balance is thrown out of wack from too much
       water and not enough food. The layman's term is water intoxication,
       since a person appears to be drunk in its advanced stages.
IC - Incident Commander
ICS - Incident Command System
JVD - Juglar Vein Distesion

LINCS - Literacy Information and Communication System nifl.gov/lincs/ 
LMD - Local Medical Doctor
LNO - Liaison Officer (ICS)
LOC - Level of Conciousness. See AVPU 		or Loss of Conciousness
LSI - Large Scale Incidents
LZ - Landing Zone
MMRS - Metropolitan Medical Response System 
MOI - Mechanism of Injury 
MRC - Medical Reserve Corps 
MRE - Meals Ready to Eat (Military ration boxes)
MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident
NDMS - National Disaster Medical System 
NIMS - National Incident  Management System 
nixle  - Alerts from your local police 
NKDA - No Known Drug Allergies 
NIIMS - National Interagency Incident Management System
NJSFAC - New Jersey State First Aid Counci
NJPTC - New Jersey Preparedness Training Consortium 
NPA - Nasopharyngeal airway
O2 - Oxygen
OEC - Outdoor Emergency Care
OEC - Office of Emergency Communications
OEM - Office of Emergency Management (State and Local government)
OEMS - Office of Emergency Medical Services 
OEP - Office of Emergency Preparedness 
OES - Office of Emergency Services (State and Local government)
OTC - Over the Counter
PEARL - Pupils Equal ANd Responsive & React to Light
PCP - Primary Care Provider/Physician
PIO - Public Information Officer (ICS)
PMD - Public/Private Medical Doctor
PMS - Pulse Motor Sensation (check for fractures of extremities)
PPV - Positive pressure ventilation 
PROP - Position of comfort, Reassurance, O2,
     Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) for breathing problems
PSAP - Public safety answering points
PSDE = Painful, swollen, deformed extremity
QI - Quality Improvement
RACES -  Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service - Government
REMCS - Regional Emergency Medical Communications System. 
RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
RMA - Refused Medical Attention
ROM - Range of Motion
RR - Resperation Rate
S/Sx - Signs/Symptoms
SAMPLE - Signs & Symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Previous medical
      history, Last ins (food/water) & outs, Events leading to crisis.
SAR - Search and Rescue
SCT - Surgery Cardiothorac-ic
SCTM - Skin color, Temperature and Moisture
SMC - Somerset Medical Center
SO - Safety Officer (ICS)
SOAP - Subjective (Location, age, sex, MOI/history of events, Symptoms),
    Objective (LOC, RR, HR, SCTM, ROM [repeat at 15 min.]),
    Assessment (Fracture/Hyothermis/ ...), PLAN (clean, bandage, splint, ...)
STEMI - ST segment elevation myocardial infarction
Syncope - fainting
Tx - Treatament
Tx - Transmit (radio)
UC - Unified Command
URI - Upper Respiratory Infection
VS - Vital Signs
WBA - Weight Bearing Ability
WFR - Wilderness first responder
WMD - Weapons of Mass Distruction
Wx - Weather

Links: Emergency Response Acronyms by Henry Troup Abbreviations at LSU Health Sciences Center Glossary of Public Health Emergency Preparedness terms and acronyms at the state of Washington
Abbreviations and Definitions at Mercy Memorial
EMT-B: Anatomical Terms and Body Systems at EMSResponder.com
Fire Academy Abbreviations
American Heart.org Glossary
Glossary of Terms | Enhanced 9-1-1 Board, Vermont
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last updated 13 Nov 2013