First aid acronyms

Here’s a list of some common first aid acronyms you may encounter when acting as a first aider. Feel free to leave a comment to suggest a first aid acronym that we may have missed!

First aid acronym list

AED: Automated external defibrillator

ALS: Advanced life support

AVPU: Alert / Voice / Pain / Unresponsive

BLS: Basic life support

BM: Boehringer Mannheim – Blood sugar levels

BP: Blood pressure

CFR: Community first responder

CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

DNR: Do not resuscitate

DVT: Deep vein thrombosis

ECP: Emergency care practitioner

EMT: Emergency medical technician

FAST: Face / Arms / Speech / Time

GCS: Glasgow Coma Scale

GTN: Glyceryl trinitrate

KO: Knocked out

LoC: Loss of Consciousness / Level of consciousness

MI: Myocardial infarction (heart attack)

MIU: Minor injuries unit

NKDA: No known drug allergies

PEARL: Pupils equal and reacting to light

PMDI: Pressurised metered dose inhaler

PRF: Patient report form

PT: Patient

TB: Tuberculosis

TIA: Transient Ischemic Attack

VF: Ventricular fibrillation

VT: Ventricular tachycardia

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2 Responses

  1. katews says:

    Very comprehensive list of vital things to know! I knew a number of them, but there were others that I’m glad to have learned from reading this.

  2. Frances Garza says:

    Many were new to me.

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