Medical terms you'd rather see changed.... - page 3

I hate saying "expired" for someone who is dead and I could also do without seeing "morbid obesity" or even obese in the chart. I know being overweight is a serious health issue, but those words... Read More

  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Lacie
    With you on this one, I never could figure out how they devised that term. It just sounds nasty to start with lol.
    I have heard "pulmonary hygiene", but that just makes me think of "feminine hygiene" so I don't like that either!

    How about pulmonary calesthenics? lol umpiron:
  2. by   hogan4736
    hematochezia


    ick
  3. by   rnin02
    Quote from hogan4736
    hematochezia


    ick
    That's what I was going to say! I hate this word.
  4. by   MedSurgeMess
    Quote from hogan4736
    hematochezia


    ick
    I've been a nurse for a while, but never heard or saw this one. At the risk of sounding dumb, what does it mean?
    Pulmonary toilet has always given me the giggles, just because it sounds funny.....
    Diaper for an adult just makes me angry! At our workplace it is not allowable-you get written up for it. Brief is such a better word....
    Now, I am obese (yuk!), but I call myself fat-but I realize that that won't work for charting
  5. by   MedSurgeMess
    Non-compliant.....most of my patients who are "non-compliant" are actually those with limited resources-$$$$-and have to choose between eating and rent or meds....I agree with the other terms suggested for this one
  6. by   hogan4736
    Quote from strong_willed
    ...what does it mean?
    hematochezia is a bloody stool
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    "Diaper" is another term I dislike........how undignified! As is "bib" for clothing protector and "sippy" for the adaptive cup used by stroke patients and others who have trouble holding onto traditional glassware. They may no longer have the physical capabilities of adult human beings, but they still are adults and should be regarded as such.

    Just a pet peeve of mine!
  8. by   augigi
    Quote from hogan4736
    hematochezia is a bloody stool
    Hmm.. never heard of that. Here in Australia, that's called malaena.
  9. by   rnsrgr8t
    I hate using the word "client" instead of patient, that was really big in all of nursing textbooks in school (10 years ago). I work in Urology and I hate the term gross hematuria. We have to use it to describe the difference between frank blood in the urine or micro-hematuria but I never like the word. I hate the word foley, where did that come from?
  10. by   hogan4736
    Quote from augigi
    Hmm.. never heard of that. Here in Australia, that's called malaena.


    from a medical dictionary online:


    "Hematochezia is the presence of bright red, fresh blood in the feces. Hematochezia usually occurs with bleeding in the lower intestines (colon, rectum). Hematochezia should not be confused with melena, which is the passage of dark, tarry, black feces. Melena represents the passage of old, digested blood that has occurred with bleeding higher up in the intestinal tract."
  11. by   Dixielee
    Quote from canoehead
    "orders" vrs prescriptions or, god forbid, recommendations.
    I had to laugh at that one. I worked with a surgeon once who asked for an order sheet. He said, "I don't know why they call them orders, you guys (nurses) are going to do what you want to anyway". AHHHHH, a surgeon who actually gets it! LOL

    While we are changing vocabulary, lets start with "Nurses Training". I don't know about you, but I received nursing EDUCATION at a University, not training at the doggie academy. I am not trained to jump thru flaming hoops (although some shifts feel like it), I make educated decisions. I cringe when I hear about nurses being trained.
  12. by   augigi
    Quote from hogan4736
    from a medical dictionary online:


    "Hematochezia is the presence of bright red, fresh blood in the feces. Hematochezia usually occurs with bleeding in the lower intestines (colon, rectum). Hematochezia should not be confused with melena, which is the passage of dark, tarry, black feces. Melena represents the passage of old, digested blood that has occurred with bleeding higher up in the intestinal tract."
    Interesting, but I guess that's a US source. Never heard it mentioned here in 10 years of being an RN.
  13. by   tde1992
    I know, I don't like referring to an older persons undergarments as diapers. It is degradding enough that they are wearing them. I just call them undergarments. It sounds respectful that way.

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