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.
A repeat customer to the ER, often a patient with chronic medical problems who can’t afford to go anywhere else.
When doctors covering for a colleague on the weekend won’t make important decisions, particularly end-of-life ones.
A bed full of excrement. “Got a Code Brown in 214.”
To go downhill quickly or die. “The patient in 3 crumped last night.”
Short for “Get Out of My Emergency Room” (a patient you dread).
Acute lead poisoning
Refers to a gunshot wound.
A “Pain In The A$$”.
A “Funny-Looking Kid.”
“Felt Awful But I’m Alright Now Syndrome.”
“Poor Miserable Soul.”
Patient who “Did Not Keep Appointment.”
“Divorced & Desperate”—a middle-age female who visits doctor weekly for male attention.
“Had It Before, Got It Again.”
“Hypertensive Obese Noncompliant Diabetic Adult.”
“Little Old Lady In No Apparent Distress.”
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