Wikipedia has a List of Medical Slang Terms

Wikipedia has an extensive list of Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms and since this was obviously insufficient, the "wisdom of crowds" assembled a complimentary list of Medical Slang Terms.

Some items are listed below:

  • Baby Catcher - an obstetrician

  • Bounceback - a patient who returns to the emergency department with the same complaints shortly after being released

  • CNS-QNS - Central Nervous System - Quantity Not Sufficient

  • Code Brown - a faecal incontinence emergency. Often used by nurses and medical technicians requesting help cleaning up an unexpected bowel movement

  • Code Yellow - a patient who has lost control of his or her bladder

  • Doc in a Box - a small health-care center, usually with high staff turnover

  • Hasselhoff - a term for any patient who shows up in the emergency room with an injury for which there is a bizarre explanation. Original Source: Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff, who hit his head on a chandelier while shaving. The broken glass severed four tendons and an artery in his right arm.

  • Shotgunning - ordering a wide variety of tests in the hope that one will show what's wrong with a patient

References:
Medical slang, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Ves. A physician using Wikipedia is like a Harley Davidson guy riding a moped.... really fun and utilitarian but you'd never want anyone to see you doing it.

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  2. "A physician using Wikipedia is like a Harley Davidson guy riding a moped.... really fun and utilitarian but you'd never want anyone to see you doing it."

    A good one :)

    Thanks for the comment.

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