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.
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:
- Jablonski's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations
- Stedman's Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols
- Pick the meaning that makes sense according to Jane's medical record.
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