Watching the sunrise all by myself, on a freezing morning is the time I feel closest to god, even though I consider myself an agnostic.
Cold, dark, lonely places are devestating to the psyche. That's why solitary confinement was concieved as a punishment.
Great thread for info........thanks!
NPO (followed by a small case p with a line over the top) then the time designated by the doctor, as in, MN (midnight)
When I was learning all of these abbreviations, including Latin, I found it wonderful to use the easiest and quickest way (acceptable by the AMA). Even the word "with" ...it is a small case "c" with a line over top. "Without" is written in a small case "s" with a line over the top. When the docs or the surgeons or the nurses are waiting for a chart, believe me, an abbreviation is Heaven! (I took 4 years of Latin in school, and always wondered why ...I got my answer after getting my first hospital job.) Another trick we all learned early on, which was INVALUABLE in reading the different handwritings involved in almost any chart, was to turn the chart upside down! For some reason it worked great after you had been laboring for half an hour on one little word, to turn it upside down, and the word usually pops right out at you! (Not a for-sure everytime, but it sure was a Godsend when the doc had already left and you r-e-a-l-l-y didn't want to call him back to the floor to interpret his handwriting. Some get quite defensive ...lol!) Better learn the chemical table too ...you'll be up the proverbial creek if you don't know what a "low Na+ diet is" and the patient gets popcorn for a snack, salted veggies along with sausage gravy over salted steak on their tray for dinner! Just a few tips if anyone is just beginning in the medical field. My last, but most important advice is, "better to ASK than to GUESS". These are real human beings we are dealing with and you sure don't want to be the one who makes the fatal error.