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RCVS

Acronym for Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome

RTL

Acroynm for Rounding The List, which is a slang term for doctors reviewing all the patients and assessing to do’s and action plans for the patient, which usually involves making phone calls and writing orders

RUQUS

  Right upper quadrant ultrasound. “The patient is jaundiced and may have a gallstone, let’s order a RUQUS and find out.”  

RSBI

Rapid Shallow Breathing Index. An index devised to determine if the patient can be extubated. (Respiratory Rate/Tidal Volume)

Rock

  Slang term for patient who is clinically stable for long periods of time but unable to leave the care unit where they are staying. “Mr. Glenn has been a rock for 3 months, nothing will happen with him today.”  

RVU

Relative Value Units, an accounting measure of value used in the United States to determine the productivity of a physician and thus the reimbursement.

ROSC

Return of Spontaneous Circulation; usually used in context after CPR when the heart begins to beat by itself without the need for CPR.

RUQ

Right Upper Quadrant

ROS

Review of Systems.

r/o

Rule out