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Abbreviations used in casualty form


99Gord
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Hello;

In my Great-Uncle's service file, there are some abbreviations used that I have not been able to find the meaning of.

NYD "Q" - used when he was admitted to hospital

NAD - used when he was returned to his unit

Thank you in advance for your assistance

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99Gord

I've seen NYD used to mean Not Yet Diagnosed but I don't recognise the Q.

NAD often meant Nothing Abnormal Detected.

Can you scan more of the document into the Forum. It may have clues for other forum members?

Garth

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Thanks for the scan. I'll stand by my original translation but essentially the medics found nothing significantly wrong with the patient. Sadly I still have no certain idea what the Q meant; though quarantine is a possiblity, if he had reported with symptoms suggesting he was infectious. But that is, I admit, an extremely long shot.

Do you have a previous page that shows what symptoms he might have reported?

Garth

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Thank you, attached is the sheet from the service file.

NAD - Nothing Abnormal Detected. This abbreviation it is still used in the medical world.

Looking at the first two entries. The "Q" could stand for Quarantine" as he may have presented

with a high temperature of unknown origin. His temperature may have resolved 4 days later without

any other presenting symptoms or sign, thus making it difficult to diagnose the cause.

I notice that the soldier was admitted again , some four months later with scabies. This condition would

apart from the physical sign of the little beasties burrowing under the skin, could cause a raised temperature

(pyrexia) in later stages if not treated.

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This is from the 127th Field Ambulance Medical Card...........perhaps they had their own abbreviations? ;)

medcheck.jpg

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This is from the 127th Field Ambulance Medical Card...........perhaps they had their own abbreviations? ;)

medcheck.jpg

Clearly "No appreciable disease" was abbreviated to NAD during that period.

Other abbreviated nursing/medical instructions that one may come across are;

OD - Once daily

QDS - Four times daily

qqh - Every four hours

PR - per rectum (Don't ask!)

Rx - Prescribe/dispense the said medication/drug

LD - Light Duties

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