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

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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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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