Fancy Medical Terms and What They Really Mean

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Doctors and Nurses use fancy words to communicate and sound smart before patients, families and each other. Having spent most of his adult life in the hospital, Livin La Vida Locum MD shares the true meaning of all those fancy words and phrases arranged in no particular order. Enjoy:

15692949_mIntern: A Larva of a Doctor

Supratentorial: U R Crazy! Period.

Patient is a poor historian: I’m 8 admissions behind

My attending wants it: Nice try, but you’re not getting out of this consult.

Normocephalic-Atraumatic: Patient has a head; head firmly attached to neck

Patient Satisfaction Survey: Reason why I drink

Preexisting: It was like that when I got here… I swear!

Iatrogenic: Crap… We did it.. Sorry about that

Nosocomial: From our cesspool… Sorry about that….too

Idiopathic: We don’t know what the heck is going on with you

Cryptogenic: No one knows what the heck is going on with you

Fever of Unknow Origin (FUO): If we figure out whats going on, you’re screwed. If not, you will get better and go home.

Family involved in care: This will burn A LOT of time.

Multidisciplinary Approach: You are a train-wreck

Transfer to a Higher Level of Care: You’re too big of a train-wreck for us.

Hospitalist: The guy who will have to clean this mess

RRR S1S2: Patient’s heart beating at the time of exam

Resident: Hatchling Doctor

Adult Failure to Thrive: Unlike the other nursing home residents who ARE thriving

Sub-intern: Cocoon of a Doctor

Coding Query: Another reason to drink

If you knew all of these try to pass the House of God CME Test

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