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ABG Arterial blood gas

ACLS Advanced cardiac life support

ACS Acute coronary syndrome

ADE Adverse drug event

ARF Acute renal failures

ARR Absolute risk reduction

BLS Basic life support

CAD Coronary artery disease

CAP Community acquired pneumonia

CHF Congestive heart failure

CNS Central nervous system

COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CPOE Computer physician order entry

CSF Cerebrospinal fluid

CT Computed tomography

CXR Chest radiograph

DKA Diabetic ketoacidosis

DSM‐IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edition)

DVT Deep vein thrombosis

EBM Evidence based medicine

EKG Electrocardiogram

FMEA Failure mode and effects analysis

GI Gastrointestinal

HAP Hospital acquired pneumonia

HHS Hyperglycemia hyperosmolar state

ICU Intensive care unit

MRI Magnetic resonance imaging

NNT Number needed to treat

NSAIDS Nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs

NSTEMI Non‐ST‐segment elevation myocardial infarction

OTC Over‐the‐counter drugs

PBLI Practice based learning and improvement

PE Pulmonary embolus

PDI Pneumonia severity index

PORT Pneumonia patient outcomes research team

PDSA Plan Do Study Act

PSI Pneumonia Severity Index

QI Quality Improvement

RCA Root cause analysis

RRR Relative risk reduction

RVU Relative value units

STEMI ST‐elevation myocardial infarction

SIRS Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

UTI Urinary tract infection

VTE Venous thromboembolism

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