This guide to abbreviating medical conditions on tags for medical ID bracelets may save your life in emergencies*. It's provided as a convenient resource to make medical information more concise so paramedics will know what to do—or not do when every second counts. Bracelets shown are 1994 (on left) and 2293 (on right). For more help see Engraving Tips

SAY MORE, SAY IT FASTER. 
 Abbreviations can help get "all critical medical information" onto your ID tag so first responders know your issues. Always consult your doctor for correct info.  
To help paramedics, put the most critical issues first, and least important last:

    1. Medical Conditions

    2. Medications (“ON” or “NO”)

    3. Food Allergies (use “NO”)

    4. Put "ICE" ahead of emergency phone  number. ("In Case of Emergency")
Names & phone numbers are used only after you are out of ER. Paramedics and doctors do not make calls--too busy!
List blood thinners first since this is critical in emergencies with trama. 
Why use ON and NO: Simple and short words such as “ON” to tell what you are taking and “NO” for what you should not take, preceding a medication makes it clear and a faster read so there are no mistakes. 
Alzheimer’s patients do need a phone number.
*Warning: Only your doctor can determine if  abbreviations or terms are appropriate for your medical condition(s). This guide is not the final authority for abbreviations. Use at your own risk.
 
LUNG-PULMONARY
ABCD (airway breathing circulation disability)
ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
ASTHMA-INHALER
BAIAE (bronchial asthma in acute exacerbation)
CF (cystic fibrosis)
COAD (chronic obstructive airways disease)
COLD (chronic obstructive lung disease)
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
DOB (difficulty of breathing)
DPLD (diffuse parenchymal lung disease)
IMV (intermittent mandatory ventilation)
OSA (obstructive sleep apnea)
PA (pulmonary artery)
PAH (pulmonary arterial hypertension)
PCWP (pulmonary capillary wedge pressure)
PE (pulmonary embolism)
PH (pulmonary hypertension)
RDS (respiratory distress syndrome)
SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome)
TB (tuberculin, tuberculosis)
TX (transplant)
URI (upper respiratory infection)
 
OTHER CONDITIONS/DISEASES
AHF (antihemophilic factor)
AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
ALPS (autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome)
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
ANA (anaphylaxis)
ANEMIA
ARMD (age-related macular degeneration)
AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
BAD (bipolar affective disorder)
BD (bipolar disorder, Buerger disease)
BMS (bone marrow suppression)
BMT (bone marrow transplant)
BPAD (bipolar affective disorder)
BPD (borderline personality disorder)
BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
CELIAC DISEASE
CAH (chronic active hepatitis)
CBI (continuous bladder irrigation)
CBS (chronic brain syndrome)
CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
CD8 (cytotoxic cells)
CD (Crohn's disease)
CH (congenital hypothyroidism)
CIMF (chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis)
CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia)
COLD (chronic obstructive lung disease)
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
CP (cerebral palsy)
CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud phenomenon, esophageal dysfunction, sclerodactyly, telangiectasia)
CTD (connective tissue disease)
CVID (common variable immunodeficiency)
DBS (deep brain stimulation)
DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation)
DJD (degenerative joint disease)
DM (dermatomyositis) Spell out is better
DS Down syndrome
DTS (delirium tremens)
DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis)
FACTOR II (prothrombin deficiency)
FACTOR V (factor V leiden)
F5 (coagulation factor V)
FVL (factor V leiden)
FACTOR VIII (antihemophilic factor)
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
GI (gastrointestinal)
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
HSV (herpes simplex virus)
HAV (hepatitis A virus)
HBV (hepatitis B virus)
HCV (hepatitis C virus)
HD (hodgkin disease, huntington's disease)
HDV (hepatitis D)
HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
HSV (herpes simplex virus)
HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome)
IH (infectious hepatitis)
ITP Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
IOP (intraocular pressure)
JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
KTS (Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome)
LE (lupus erythematosus)
MAHA (microangiopathic hemolytic anemia)
MBD (minimal brain dysfunction)
MD (muscular dystrophy)
MDS (myleodyplastic syndrome)
MG (myasthenia gravis)
MS (mitral stenosis; multiple sclerosis)
MY (myopia)
NMS (neuroleptic malignant syndrome)
NUEROPOTHY
OA (osteoarthritis)
OBS (organic brain syndrome)
OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
OP (osteoporosis)
PAN (polyarteritis nodosa)
PD (parkinson disease)
PPD (postpartum depression)
RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
RPMS (relapsing-progressive multiple sclerosis)
RRMS (relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis)
SBE (subacute bacterial endocarditis)
SCD (sickle-cell disease)
SCI (spinal cord injury)
SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency)
SJS (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus)
SPMS (secondary progressive multiple sclerosis)
SS (Sjogren Syndrome)
SSA (Sjogren Syndrome)
SSB (Sjogren Syndrome)
STD (sexually transmitted disease)
TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy)
TIA (mini stroke)
THR (total hip replacement)
TKR (total knee replacement)
TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura)
TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate)
UC (ulcerative colitis)
VNS (vagus nerve stimulation)
VTE (venous thromboembolism)
VWD (von willebrand disease, ventral wall defect)
VWF (von willebrand factor)
WG (wegener's granulomatosis)
WPW (wolff–parkinson–white syndrome)
ZE (Zollinger-Ellison)

 

BLOOD THINNERS
ON BLOOD THINNER
ON COUMADIN
ON ELIQUIS
ON PLAVIX
ON WAFARIN
 
HEART
AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm)
ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme)
ADO (amplatzer duct occluder)
AFIB (atrial fibrillation)
AFIB/FL (atrial fibrillation-flutter)
AFIB W/LBBB (atrial fibrillation with left bundle branch block)
AHD (arteriosclerotic heart disease)
AI (aortic insufficiency)
AICD (automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator)
AMI (acute myocardial infarction)
APC (atrial premature contraction)
ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy)
ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia)
AS (aortic stenosis)
ASCAD (arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease)
ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease)
ASHD (atherosclerotic heart disease)
ASD (atrial septal defect)
ASH (arteriosclerotic heart disease)
AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
AVP (aortic valve prolaps)
AVS (aortic valve stenosis)
AVR (aortic valve replacement)
BP (blood pressure, biological prosthesis)
BRADY (bradycardia)
BTS (bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome)
CA (cardiac arrest)
CAA (coronary artery aneurysm)
CABG (coronary artery bypass graft)
CABP (coronary artery bypass procedure)
CAD (coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease)
CAG (coronary artery graft)
CAS (carotid angioplasty and stenting)
CCF (congestive cardiac failure)
CHF (chronic heart failure)
CHD (congenital heart disease)
CRT-D (cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator)
CRT-P (cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker)
CSD (cardiac support device)
CVC (central venous catheter)
CVD (cardiovascular disease)
CVP (central venous pressure)
DHF (diastolic heart failure)
DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation)
HBP (high blood pressure)
HF (heart failure)
HASHD (hypertensive arteriosclerotic heart disease)
HOCM: (hypertrophic obstructive cardimyopathy)
HOTN (hypotension)
HTN (hypertension)
HTVD (hypertensive vascular disease)
ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
ICM (ischemic cardiomyopathy)
IDC (idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy)
IHD (ischemic heart disease)
IHSS (idiopathic hypertropic subaortic stenosis)
IPG (implantable pulse generator, pacemaker)
ISH (isolated systolic hypertension)
LHM (latitude heart monitor)
LBBB (left bundle branch block)
LBP (low blood pressure)
LVAD (left ventricular assist device)
LVH (left ventricular hypertrophy)
MI (myocardial infarction)
MP (mechanical prosthesis-heart)
MV (mitral valve)
MVP (mitral valve prolapse)
MVPS (mitral valve prolapse syndrome)
MVR (mitral valve replacement)
NCC (noncompaction cardiomyopathy)
NCS (neuro-cardiogenic syncope)
PA (pulmonary artery, psoriatic arthritis)
PAB (premature atrial beats)
PAC (premature atrial complex)
PAD (peripheral arterial disease)
PAH (pulmonary arterial hypertension)
PAT (paroxysymal atrial tachycardia)
PDA (patent ductus arteriosus)
PM (pacemaker)
PMT (pacemaker mediated tachycardia)
PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia)
POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
PRBCs (packed red blood cells)
PPM (permanent pacemaker)
PVC (premature ventricular contraction)
PVD (peripheral vascular disease)
PVR (peripheral vascular resistance)
RAD (right atrial axis deviation)
RAE (right atrial enlargement)
RAL (right atrial)
RHD (rheumatic heart disease)
RVF (right ventricular failure)
RVL (right ventricle)
RVH (right ventricular hypertrophy)
RVR (rapid ventricular, tachycardia)
SBP (systolic blood pressure)
SHF (systolic heart failure)
SVT (supraventricular tachycardia)
TAA (thoracic aortic aneurysm)
TACHY (tachyarrhythmia, tachycardia)
TIA (transient ischemic attack)
TOF (tetralogy of fallot, or large VSD)
TX (transplant)
VAD (ventricular assist device)
VF (ventricular fibrillation)
VPC (ventricular premature contraction)
VSD (ventricular septal defect)
VT (ventricular tachycardia)
VVS (vaso-vagal syncope)
 
CANCER
5-FU (5-fluorouracil)
6-MP (6-mercaptopurine)
6-TG (6-thioguanine)
AA (anaplastic anaemia)
ABC (advanced breast cancer)
ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia)
ALCL (anaplastic large-cell lymphoma)
AML (acute myelogenous leukemia)
AMKL (acute megakaryocytic leukemia)
ANLL (acute non-lymphatic leukaemia)
B-ALL (b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia)
BCC (basal cell carcinoma)
CA (cancer)
CGL (chronic granulocytic leukemia)
CIS (carcinoma in situ)
CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia)
CMML (chronic myelomonocytic leukemia)
CRC (colorectal carcinoma)
CT (chemotherapy)
CTCL (cutaneous t-cell lymphoma)
GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors)
HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma)
HCL (hairy cell leukaemia)
HD (Hodgkin's Disease, lymphoma)
HDC (high dose chemotherapy)
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
HNSCC (head and neck squamous cell carcinoma)
HRT (hormone replacement therapy
LMM (lentigo maligna melanoma)
MDS (multiple endocrine neoplasia)
MM (malignant myelanoma)
MTX (methotrexate)
NHL (non-hodgkin lymphoma)
NM (nodular melanoma)
NPC (nasopharyngeal carcinoma)
NSCLC (non-small cell lung cancer)
PET (pancreatic endocrine tumor)
PLB (primary lymphoma of bone)
RCC (renal cell carcinoma)
RMS (rhabdomyosarcoma)
RT (radiation therapy)
SCC (squamous cell carcinoma)
SCLC (small cell lung cancer)
VM-26 (teniposide)
VP-16 (etoposide)
WM (waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia)
ALZHEIMER'S
ALZ
MEMORY IMPAIRED
MEMORY LOSS
FORGETFUL
DEMENTIA
 
DIABETES
DIABETES 2 (OR 1)
DIABETIC 2-INSULIN
DIABETIC 2-ON MEDS
DM1-INSULIN DEP
DM1-INSULIN PUMP
DI - (DIABETES INSIPIDUS)
DKA - (diabetic ketoacidosis)
GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus)
 
ALLERGIES
NO PCN, SULFA
NO MORPHINE
NO OPIOIDS
NO LATEX
NO SHELLFISH
NO BEES
NO INSECT STINGS
NO NUTS
 
POST BREAST CANCER
Lymphedema:
R-ARM: NO BP/IV
L-ARM: NO BP/IV
NO NEEDLES/LABS
 
KIDNEYS
CHRONIC KIDNEY FAIL
KIDNEY FAILURE
KIDNEY FUNC. 55%
KIDNEY TX (kidney transplant)
L-ARM: FISTULA
R-ARM: NO BP/IV
APKD (adult polycystic kidney disease)
ARF (acute renal failure)
CKD (chronic kidney disease)
CKF (chronic kidney failure)
CKI (chronic kidney insufficiency)
CRD (chronic renal disease)
CRF (chronic renal failure)
CRI (chronic renal insufficiency)
CRRT (continuous renal replacement therapy)
ESRD (end-stage renal disease)
IPD (intermittent peritoneal dialysis)
NPD (nightly peritoneal dialysis)
PKD (polycystic kidney disease)
RVT (renal vein thrombosis)
 
EPILEPSY
EPILEPSY—ON MEDS
SEIZURES—ON MEDS
AED (anti-epileptic drug)
911 ONLY W/INJURY
VNS (vagus nerve stimulation)
 
GLAND DISORDER
ADRENAL INSUFF
ADDISONS
ACUTE ADRENAL CRISIS
CUSHINGS SYNDROME
PITUITARY DISORDER
ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy)
AMN (adrenomyeloneuropathy)
CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia)
CH (congenital hypothyroidism)
FGD (familial glucocorticoid deficiency)
HCV (hepatitis c virus)
HDV (hepatitis d)
HYPOTHYROID
HYPERTHYROID
 
“NO MRI”
NO MRI: PACEMAKER
NO MRI: METAL-TORSO
NO MRI: PIN L-LEG 
NO MRI: SCREWS R-FT 
NO MRI: PLATE-HEAD
NO MRI: SPINE-MESH
NO MRI: BAR-STERNUM
NO MRI: H-STENTS 
NO MRI: R-LEG-STENT
 
MEDICATIONS
ON CARBIDOPA
NO MORPHINE
ON ROPINIROLE
NO: COD, PCN
ADR (adverse drug reaction)
APAP (acetaminophen)
ASA (aspirin)
ATB (antibiotic)
CA (calcium)
CL (chloride)
COD (codeine)
DM (dextromethorphan)
DCN (darvocet)
DPH (diphenylhydantoin, phenytoin, dilantin)
DOXY (doxycycline)
HC (hydrocortisone)
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
I (iodine)
K (potassium)
MG (magnesium)
MORPHINE
NA (sodium)
NSAID (non-steroidal)
NTG (nitroglycerin)
PB (phenobarbital)
PCN (penicillin)
PTU (propylthiouracil)
TAC (triamcinolone)
TCN (tetracycline)
 
OTHER
AFL (artificial limb)
AKA (above knee amputation)
BKA (below-the-knee amputation)
BLS (basic life support)
BMS (bone marrow suppression)
BMT (bone marrow transplantation)
BNO (bowel not open)
Cath (catheter)
CBI (continuous bladder irrigation)
CD8 (cytotoxic cells)
CFIDS (chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome)
CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome)
CRTx (chemoradiotherapy)
CTx (chemoradiotherapy)
CVID (common variable immunodeficiency)
CVP (central venous pressure)
CXR (chest x-ray)
DJD (degenerative joint disease)
DNACPR (do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
DNH (do not hospitalize)
DNR (do not resuscitate)
DTS (delirium tremens)
DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
EMS (emergency medical service)
FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome)
GA (General Anesthesia)
GAD (generalized anxiety disorder)
INJ. (injection)
IUD (intraUterine device)
IV (intravenous)
IVP (intravenous push)
KVO (keep vein open)
NEC (not elsewhere classified)
NG (ng nasogastric)
NGT (nasogastric tube)
NO BLS (advises to not be put on basic life support)
NOS (not otherwise specified)
BLOOD TYPE A+
NO BLIND NG TUBE (Gastric Bypass)
911 ONLY IF INJURED
DOB: 01/15/87
NARROW AIRWAY
NO CONTRAST DYE (CT OR CAT)
NPO (nothing by mouth)
SCI (spinal cord injury)
OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
PMD (primary medical doctor)
PMH (past medical history)
POA (power of attorney)
PR (through the rectum)
PRBCS (packed red blood cells)
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
R (rectal)
RBC (red blood cells)
RX (medical prescription)
SCI (spinal cord injury)
STAT (immediately, urgent, rush)
THR (total hip replacement)
TKR (total knee replacement)
TX (transplant)
WBC (white blood cells)