Got any funny acronyms at your ER??? - page 7

Ok... So I am a part of a committee putting together a "seminar" targeting New Grads, Recent Grads and students. We are tentatively calling it "REAL Life in the ER". We are planning it... Read More

  1. by   ERNurse752
    Quote from lapappey
    Wasn't there a whole thread about this? Some people thought it was disrespectful, some people thought it was practical.

    We do it if it sounds pretty darn likely we'll need it. It's actually turned into sort of a good luck charm for the pt - if we put it down, they'll get a perfusing rhythm back to spite us.
  2. by   RNin92
    Quote from ERNurse752
    We do it if it sounds pretty darn likely we'll need it. It's actually turned into sort of a good luck charm for the pt - if we put it down, they'll get a perfusing rhythm back to spite us.
    We ER nurses...
    We are a superstitious bunch!!!

    Just like the "Q" word...
    hee hee hee
  3. by   NoCrumping
    Quote from Heartman
    Regarding the little old nursing home pt. that upon arrival is confused, disoriented, tachycardic, hypotensive, and not making any urine.

    After rehydration with about 3 liters normal saline, he wakes up and asks "Hey, where's my cigarettes?"

    IHBJAW - Instant Human Being Just Add Water :roll :chuckle
    NURSING HOMES..NOBODY IN MY FAMILY WILL EVER BE IN ONE.....
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  4. by   CharlieRN
    TA = "theraputic assassination" as in:" her dad needs a TA", said of pregnant 12 yo.

    "Positive suitcase sign" = There is an overnight case under the stetcher. Most dramatic example of it was a confused little old man who was brought in by his family at 11:30 pm on a friday night. After exam we went to the waiting area to explain that we couldn't find any acute problem with him. What do you know, vanishing family!
  5. by   Rena RN 2003
    Quote from lapappey
    Wasn't there a whole thread about this? Some people thought it was disrespectful, some people thought it was practical.

    we do this and think of it as either practical or to ward off evil spirits. :lol the bag is always then covered by another bed sheet so as to not offend the living and/or the families.
  6. by   kat911
    "Positive suitcase sign" = There is an overnight case under the stetcher. Most dramatic example of it was a confused little old man who was brought in by his family at 11:30 pm on a friday night. After exam we went to the waiting area to explain that we couldn't find any acute problem with him. What do you know, vanishing family![/QUOTE]


    We call it Samsonite Syndrome. The 63 yo who just has to be admitted because she is sooo dizzy and sick/needs TLC. She brings in every piece of luggage she owns filled with every nightie and cosmetic she owns,
  7. by   EnduringFaith
    :redlight:

    I am not sure if this one has made the site yet, but popular in EMS:

    Raisin Shuffle: The relocation of old farts between departments or hospitals/nursing homes, often for non-emergent reasons.

    :chuckle
  8. by   Jen911
    Haven't seen this one posted here yet, probably because we never get to use it!
    PFE = Patient Free Environment (for that VERY rare moment when we have no patients in the ED)...much safer than using that Q word!
  9. by   mackrn
    Or one that recently became popular here (used it before when in the Marines).

    BOHICA- Bend Over Here It Comes Again
  10. by   FF133
    ccfcp - coo coo for coco puffs

    my husband came up with this one.
  11. by   grammyr
    How about ALD-Acute Lortab Deficiency, DIC-Dead in car

    Always remember-CCS(can't cure stupid)
  12. by   mommatrauma
    Funny, no matter where you are an ER Nurse...the sayings are universal!!

    DED...Dead, Extremely Dead (For those folks who have already shown signs of lividity!)

    TMB...that's a favorite of ours...

    OPM's..Oh's per minute...(or in our case Oye's per minute, we have a high Jewish and Spanish population...) we have alot of vocal patients that feel it necessary to let everyone in the ED that they are there and uncomfortable...

    MBD My Baby Daddy

    Drama Alert...People that throw themselves on the floor because they think it gets them seen faster

    "Yes Doctor".. (we use this one for our interns)...means look jacka$$..you have been a doctor for 10 minutes and you are at the bottom of the food chain, I know what I am doing go bother someone else

    PID shuffle...great one and a wonderful diagnostic tool

    Saints Peter and Paul are dancing at the bedside = Circling the drain

    WTL Went to the Light

    Positive Dorito's Sign...That is for our 16-30 year old females w/abd pain complaints eating their snacks while you are triaging them.

    30cc of whatever street your hospital is on...ie "That pt needs 30cc of Broad St." meaning they are wearing out their welcome and need to be discharged...

    We once had a person try to hang themselves in our bathroom..not really funny at the time, but when we had our next staff meeting and our communication book was passed around, someone wrote in it.."Bungee jumping in the bathroom is suspended until further notice!"
  13. by   sandgroper
    HVLT = High Velocity Lead Therapy

    DIC = Death Is Coming

    FITH Syndrome = F#$@*& In The Head

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