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Posted by: McQ on Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ever wonder about those notes the Doc uses when he's writing in your file? There's a reason you can't decipher them. But other Docs know the code. Here are a few from British doctors:
Other slang used by doctors, according to past letters to the BMJ, include UBI (for "Unexplained Beer Injury"), PAFO ("Pissed And Fell Over") and Code Brown, or a faecal incontinence emergency.

CTD means "Circling The Drain", GPO signifies "Good for Parts Only" and Rule of Five means that if more than five of the patient's orifices are obscured by tubing, he has no chance.

A patient who is "giving the O-sign" is very sick, lying with his mouth open. This is followed by the "Q-sign" - when the tongue hangs out of the mouth - when the patient becomes terminal.
You can read the rest here.

I'm going to try to avoid UBIs tonight, but you never know.

And for the pumpkin positive among us ... well, have nice weekend.
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Had to laugh at a few - and a couple like BlameStorm aren’t unique to medicine.

BTW, FLK from that link was taughtto me as FLB. The pediatrician who announced it in a new parent’s class said "Of course you’ll find your baby beautiful. No one would ever tell you since an FLB is always associated with an FLM or FLF and of course the folks involved have already accepted the result."

FLB - Funny Looking Baby
FLM - Funny Looking Mom
FLF - Funny Looking Father....

BTW - the fact that he said it to a group of new parents was one of the reasons (a lesser reason but a reason) we picked him as our pediatrician :-)
Written By: BillS
Back in the day, when I was a volunteer EMT, two terms stood out for me. Gomer, and heydoc. Gomer stood for "Get Outa My Emergency Room" — referring mostly to those who used the ER for a hobby. (We had one particular family who managed to find a couple of reasons a week for some family member to be transported [free — they were on state aid] to the ER. Usually non-specific stomach pain. The county sheriff drove them back. NEVER anything wrong with them, they just liked the ride and the attention.) Also derelicts, drunks, and druggies whose problems couldn’t really be addressed by an ER but the kept showing up and using resources anyway. Some of these were also "heydocs". That is, they shouted "Hey, doc!" at anyone who walked by them wearing scrubs and/or possessing a stethoscope.

Both categories sucked up waaaaay to many ER resources, aspecially time and attention of all personnel.
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