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Can anyone help me interpret this lingo? Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

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Unread 02-15-2002, 07:20 PM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

I was sitting here looking at my paperwork for my pre-op. The doctor has everything numbered as this:

1. Admit 2-20-02

2. Sign consent TAH/BSO

3. CBC T + S (My question here, I know "T" means type, what is "S" ?)

4. Preg Test

5. NPO (What is this???????)

6. Cefotan TT GR IVPB (the two TT's have two dots above them...dr. language, what IS is this stuff????)

Pre Op


That is what my orders say, of course his scribbled signature is at the bottom.
Any help with numbers 3,5 and 6 ???
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Unread 02-15-2002, 07:29 PM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

I don't know the exact language, but NPO means Nothing by mouth, usually after midnight the night before your surgery. The second thing is a note to the anesthesiologist, I think, to put antibiotics in your IV prior to surgery.
Unread 02-15-2002, 07:31 PM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

Oh, I found the answers to my questions by doing a search here on the net.

CBC --- it's TYPE and SCREEN - screening for infections

NPO --- no food or drink after a specific time

Cefatan --- an antibiotic given in injection form to prevent infections...normally given for women having surgeries on reproductive organs.

I am assuming I am getting this in an IV during my pre op visit, rather than the day I go into hospital.

Though I found my answers, I thought others may want to know too!
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Unread 02-15-2002, 07:32 PM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

Oh, thanks Judy ! I was hoping I wouldn't have an IV inserted 2x next week!
Unread 02-16-2002, 12:23 AM
Best Wishes Reba


Just read your thread and wanted to wish you best wishes.

The question you asked was very valid as there are a lot of medical ladies on these boards. Congratulations to you for finding out the meanings of the abbreviations. I would not have even known where to start looking.

Please keep asking questions. That is what this site is all about. Women helping Women. I would have been totally lost without all the support I gained from the message boards and the chat room.

All my best wishes for your upcoming surgery.

Unread 02-16-2002, 04:56 AM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

SueK had a good suggestion for a helpful book you might want to check out:

"I've found a very good book the women's guide to Hysterectomy;by Adelaide haas, and susan Puretz. If your library doesn't have it, you can request it in your inter-library loan system, often ,on line,. Both authors have had the surgery.

This advice from a librarian (former) people often forget that we are there to serve the advancement of knowledge and understanding."

Best of luck with your surgery!!!!!

Unread 02-16-2002, 05:59 AM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

The term CBC T&S refers to complete blood count (usually includes hemoglobin and hematocrit, white blood count, platelets etc) and the T&S refers to type and screen, not for infections, but for 2 units of blood in case you would need a transfusion (unlikely).

The Cefatin will be given in your IV just prior to going into surgery. It is strictly to prevent any infection from occurring, and does not indicate that you have an infection going on prior to surgery.

Hope this helps. And wishing you the best of luck on your upcoming visit to the castle. See you on the post side!

Unread 02-16-2002, 08:32 AM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

"Cefotan ii gr IVPB" means 2 grams of the antibiotic "IV piggyback. " In English, this means that 2 grams of the antibiotic, in a little IV bag, will be hooked up to your IV, or "piggybacked" into your IV, before your surgery.

Luckily, medspeak does make sense to the nurses and doctors.I hope this helps.

Unread 02-16-2002, 11:45 AM
Can anyone help me interpret this lingo?

Wow, I knew y'all would know the answers! THANKS!!!
And Karen, thank you for your "help". ::wink:::

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