Lets start a mnemonic thread

  1. MNEMONIC

    Anorexia Nervosa

    A bsence of menses (amenorrhea)
    N o appetite (but with preoccupation with food)
    O bvious weight loss (15% loss of IBW)
    R educing ideation (If only I could lose more weight I'd be happy)
    E maciated
    X erostomia (dryness of the mouth)
    I mage (Body Image Disturbance - claims to feel fat even when extremely thin)
    A bnormal hair growth (lanugo or fine downy hair
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   tyler4806
    Alcohol withdrawal: clinical symptoms (HITS)
    H- Hallucinations (visual, tactile)
    I- Increased vital signs and insomnia
    T- Tremens (delirium tremens) lethal
    S- Shaking, Sweating, Seizures, Stomach pain (nausea/vomiting)
  4. by   ICU_JOSIE
    here's also something to make things easier to remember:

    hypercalcemia

    stones, bones, abdominal moans and psychic groans
    1. renal ("stones")
      1. nephrolithiasis (calcium oxalate)
      2. nephrocalcinosis
        1. metastatic calcification renal tubules
        2. polyuria from loss of urine concentrating function
    2. musculoskeletal ("bones")
      1. osteitis fibrosa cystica (late finding)
        1. bone cysts from subperiosteal bone resorption
        2. "brown tumor" in jaw
      2. pseudogout
        1. calcium pyrophosphate - positively birefringent
      3. osteoporosis
    3. gastrointestinal ("abdominal moans")
      1. peptic ulcer disease
        1. calcium stimulates gastrin release
      2. acute pancreatitis
        1. calcium activates phospholipases
      3. constipation
        1. most common gastrointestinal symptom
    4. neuropsychiatric ("psychic groans")
      1. altered level of consciousness
      2. decreased concentration and memory
      3. personality change
      4. psychosis
      5. depression
  5. by   tyler4806
    Here is another one:

    Episiotomy assessment: REEDA
    Redness
    Edema
    Ecchymosis
    Discharge
    Approximation of skin
  6. by   RNKay31
    hypernatremia
    [font='times new roman']"you are fried"

    f - fever (low), flushed skin
    r - restless (irritable)
    i - increased fluid retention & increased bp
    e - edema ([font='times new roman']peripheral and pitting)
    [font='times new roman']d[font='times new roman'] [font='times new roman']- decreased urinary output, dry mouth

    [font='times new roman']can also use this one:[font='times new roman']
    salt
    s = skin flushed
    a = agitation
    l = low-grade fever
    t = thirst


    hyperkalemia





    signs & symptoms increased serum k+










    murder

    m - muscle weakness
    u - urine, oliguria, anuria
    r- respiratory distress
    d - decreased cardiac contractility
    e- ecg changes
    r - reflexes, hyperreflexia, or areflexia (flaccid)


    hyperkalemia causes of increased serum k+

    “machine"


    m - medications - ace inhibitors, nsaids
    a - acidosis - metabolic and respiratory
    c - cellular destruction - burns, traumatic injury
    h – hypoaldosteronism/ hemolysis
    i - intake -
    excessive
    n - nephrons, renal failure
    e - excretion - impaired



    Last edit by RNKay31 on Sep 21, '06
  7. by   RNKay31
    HYPOCALCEMIA
    “CATS”

    C - Convulsions
    A- Arrhythmias
    T - Tetany
    S - Spasms and stridor

    Sx’s minor bleeding:
    BEEP

    B: Bleeding gums
    E: Ecchymoses (bruises)
    E: Epistaxis (nosebleed)
    P: Petechiae (tiny purplish spots)

    "HOOK" for serum sickness: each letter stands for a key sign or symptom of serum sickness.


    F: Fever
    A: Arthralgias
    R: Rash
    M: Malaise
  8. by   RNKay31
    Cancer Assessment
    CAUTION

    C: Change in bowel/ bladder habits
    A: A sore that doesn’t heal
    U: Unusual bleeding or discharge
    T: Thickening or lump
    I: Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
    O: Obvious changes in a wart or mole
    N: Nagging cough or hoarseness

    ABG's:

    ROME

    Respiratory Opposite
    Metabolic Equal

    Respiratory depression inducing drugs
    "STOP breathing":
    Sedatives and hypnotics
    Trimethoprim
    Opiates
    Polymyxins

  9. by   Paleobug
    RICE for sprains

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation

    RACE for fires

    Remove patient
    Activate alarms
    Contain fire
    Extenguish fire
  10. by   charebec65
    Here's a website with a whole plethora of them.... some are "interesting"...

    http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/cgi-bin/browse.cfm
    Last edit by charebec65 on Sep 21, '06 : Reason: forgot the link
  11. by   RNKay31
    Quote from charebec65
    Here's a website with a whole plethora of them.... some are "interesting"...

    http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/cgi-bin/browse.cfm
    That's beautiful
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    Actually, I was going to post that same site. A friend of mine has some good contributions to that site and has her name listed in the contributors.

    I've spent the last half hour looking for her contribution and can't find it. It was along the ophthamology line. That's sort of funny because she's an OB type person.

    The site has some great pointers. Be sure to read the guidelines for ratings: G rated mnenomics to... well, more colorful variations. But once you learned it on a "colorful" theme, I'm sure you'd have a hard time forgetting it.
  13. by   luv2shop19mall
    how about this one? hot and dry sugar high
    cold and clammy need some candy
  14. by   RNKay31
    Quote from luv2shop19mall
    how about this one? hot and dry sugar high
    cold and clammy need some candy
    Wow that's a great way to remember hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.

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