Decode the Outrageous Hospital Lingo That Doctors and Nurses Use Behind Your Back

Thankfully, this lingo isn’t used regularly in health-care settings, but an unflattering comment may occasionally slip out during a particularly frustrating situation. Decipher some of the more shocking slang here.

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Find out what doctors mean when they say frequent flierIllustration: Lauren McGill

Frequent flier

A repeat customer to the ER, often a patient with chronic medical problems who can’t afford to go anywhere else.

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Find out what doctors mean when they say weekend syndromeIllustration: Lauren McGill

Weekend syndrome

When doctors covering for a colleague on the weekend won’t make important decisions, particularly end-of-life ones.

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Find out what doctors mean when they say code brownIllustration: Lauren McGill

Code brown

A bed full of excrement. “Got a Code Brown in 214.”

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Find out what doctors mean when they say crumpIllustration: Lauren McGill

Crump

To go downhill quickly or die. “The patient in 3 crumped last night.”

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Find out what doctors mean when they say GOMERIllustration: Lauren McGill

GOMER

Short for “Get Out of My Emergency Room” (a patient you dread).

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Find out what doctors mean when they say Acute lead poisoningIllustration: Lauren McGill

Acute lead poisoning

Refers to a gunshot wound.

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Find out what doctors mean when they say PITAIllustration: Lauren McGill

PITA

A "Pain In The A$$".

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Find out what doctors mean when they say FLKIllustration: Lauren McGill

FLK

A "Funny-Looking Kid."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say FABIANSIllustration: Lauren McGill

FABIANS

"Felt Awful But I’m Alright Now Syndrome."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say PMSIllustration: Lauren McGill

PMS

"Poor Miserable Soul."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say DINKIllustration: Lauren McGill

DINK

Patient who “Did Not Keep Appointment."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say D&DIllustration: Lauren McGill

D&D

"Divorced & Desperate"—a middle-age female who visits doctor weekly for male attention.

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Find out what doctors mean when they say HIBGIAIllustration: Lauren McGill

HIBGIA

"Had It Before, Got It Again."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say HONDAIllustration: Lauren McGill

HONDA

"Hypertensive Obese Noncompliant Diabetic Adult."

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Find out what doctors mean when they say LOLINADIllustration: Lauren McGill

LOLINAD

"Little Old Lady In No Apparent Distress."

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest