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ACC - Agenisis of Corpus Callosum
ASD - Atrial Septal Defect - a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart
ASD - Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BF - Breastfed or Breastfeed/ing
B/M - Breast Milk
BM - Bowel Movement
BP - Blood pressure
BPD - Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, damage to lungs that often occurs after long term (>28 days) ventilation
CP - Cerebral Palsy, disorder of the nervous system characterised by abnormal muscle tone and movement
CPAP - Continuous Positive Airways Pressure, low pressure maintained in lungs to help baby with breathing difficulties
CVI- Cortical Vision Impairment
CVL - Central Venous Line
DNR - Do Not Resuscitate, a medical order not to resuscitate a terminally ill baby.
ECMO - ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation - supports both heart and lung functions when other treatments are inadequate
ECG - Electrocardiogram - records activity of the heart (also known as EKG)
EEG - ElectroEncephalagram - measures brainwaves for seizure activity
ELBW - Extremely Low Birth Weight - under 800 gr
FT - Full Term (37+ weeks gestational age)
GA - Gestational Age
G-tube - Gastrointenstinal Tube - tube goes through the abdominal wall and directly into the intestines
GERD - GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease
GMH - Germinal Matrix Haemorrhage, the same as Grade I IVH
HELLP - Haemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, Low platelets
HMD - Hyaline Membrane Disease, also known as RDS
HMF - Human Milk Fortifier
IUGR - Intrauterine Growth Retardation - result is SGA
IVH - Intraventricular haemorrhage (brain bleed)
LBW - Low Birth Weight - under 2500 gr (5lb 8 oz) at birth regardless of g.a.
NEC - Necrotising EnteroColitis - inflammatory bowel disease
NG-tube - NasalGastric Tube - tube goes through the nose and down to the stomach
NICU - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
OT - Occupational Therapy/ist
OG-tube - OroGastric Tube - feeding tube that goes through mouth and down to the stomach
PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosus - when the ductus artery fails to close after birth.
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder, also known as Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorder
PIE - Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema
PT - Physical Therapy/ist
PTL - PreTerm Labor
PROM - Premature Rupture of membranes or Prelabour Rupture of Membranes, when the membranes rupture prior to the onset of labour
PVL - Periventricular leukomalacia, a condition where areas of the brain are affected by lack of oxygen and/or blood supply which causes damage to brain tissue
RAD - Reactive Airway Disease
RDS - Respiratory Distress Syndrome, respiratory difficulty due to immaturity of lung tissues and deficiency of surfactant in the air spaces
ROP - Retinopathy of Prematurity, an eye disease found primarily in premature infants
RSV - Respiratory Syncytial Virus - a virus causing infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract in preemies.
SCBU - Special Care Baby Unit
SGA - Small for Gestational Age
SID - Sensory Integration Disorder
SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
ST - Speech Therapy/ist
TPN - Total Parenteral Nutrition - nourishment provided intravenously
TTTS - Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome, occurs in identical twins, can result in the death of one twin
UAC - Umbilical Arterial Catheter, tube inserted through artery in baby's navel, used to draw blood samples, provide nutrition, infuse blood and medications and monitor blood pressure (also known as UAL)
UAL - Umbilical Arterial Line, tube inserted through artery in baby's navel, used to draw blood samples, provide nutrition, infuse blood and medications and monitor blood pressure (also known as UAC)
UVC - Umbilical Venous Catheter, tube inserted through vein in baby's navel to give fluid and nutrients and to monitor blood pressure
VLBW - Very Low Birth Weight - under 1500 gr
VSD - Ventricular Septal Defect - a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart