Q. I have been searching for the meanings of D/T, DT, and DP in a medical chart for class. I am running into walls. I dont know where to look now.

Answer

Don't over-think this one! 

Here is the context within Jane Dare's medical chart:

Diphtheria and tetanus (IM) according to facility policy.

a. If a resident has never received a Diphthia/Tetanus series, give:

1.0.5 cc D/T initially
2.0.5 cc DT 4-8 weeks later
3.0.5 cc DP 6 months later

b. if booster is needed, give adult Diphtheria/Tetanus 0.5 cc


Try searching for DT in one of the abbreviations dictionaries. That one should come up without an issue. Use:

For D/T and DP you might need to change strategies.

  • Remember that each of these abbreviations has been introduced as part of the Diptheria/Tetanus series. The abbreviations you are being asked to figure out are obviously part of that.
    • What are the names of the things that make up this series?
    • What are the abbreviations for each of those things?
    • Can you guess what the abbreviations in Jane's chart probably stand for?
    • For this assignment you later have to write up a section on the pros and cons of using abbreviations. What are some of the cons of abbreviations? Might one of those cons be at work here?

See also: Medical Terminology Guide

  • Last Updated Oct 11, 2018
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  • Answered By BethMarie Gooding

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