Common nicknames for hospital items. - page 12
Just wanted to see if the nicknames we call certain items are the same names you guys call them lol. I work in the midwestern region. Examples include: 1.) "Bubblier" for humidifier 2.) "Ice... Read More
Jul 7, '13Quote from kguill975Oh my! We still call them "slaves"!In the OR, when doing laparoscopic surgery, we use two monitors. The outlet monitor was called a "slave". They banned that term, and it's now called a "satellite". PC non-sense. I'm black, and I could care less. It's not like a black person has to hold the screen during the entire surgery, NOW that would be a "slave", lol.
Oct 9, '13In the Air Force, where we have lots of fit, handsome soldiers as patients, it was customary for PACU to give us med-surg nurses report and include the code words "E.O.E." or "E.C." E.O.E. was a 9 and E.C. was a 10, if you get my drift. (Easy on the Eyes, and Eye Candy, respectively).
Oct 9, '13Phrases used wherever I've worked
Brain = report sheet where you took notes at shift change and plotted out your day
Christmas tree = green O2 adapter
Code Brown = incontinent bowel movement overwhelming in either amount, odor, or runniness
Du'av kees = "Do you have [the narcotic] keys?" run together, sounds like you're speaking Indian or Pakistani
Frequent Flyer = patient whose frequency of returning to our care unit far, far surpasses that of every other patient
GI cocktail = M.O.M., belladonna, and lidocaine concoction
Hat = urine collector that can be set inside the toilet
Red Robin = the in and out urinary cath kit with the customary red catheter
SCDs or Scuds = Sequential Compression Device or leg massagers
Slug = postop patient who consistently refuses to get out of bed or ambulate
Stopcock = three way valve for IV
Vitamin A = Ativan, Vitamin H = Haldol
My own additions I regularly use
Armani designer fashion = hospital gown, tread socks, and whatever else the doctor ordered, like TED hose
B.S.C. = a mental health condition manifesting in an ER Psych patient which stands for Bat Sh*t Crazy
"If Mary Kay was here do you know what she'd ask you? 'Would you like a little blush for those cheeks?'" = Dear patient, your
backside is exposed. Let me tie your gown."
"Those little pancake thingies," "EKG buttons" = electrodes
Darnitall = Donnatal
"Oh GOODIE! Yeah, yeah yeah!" = patient has a shockingly deep or bloody wound
I also worked on a unit where "Bacon Thirty" was the time the dining hall could start selling breakfast to staff, and another hospital where premie babies were "frogs"
Oct 12, '13Quote from kguill975Lol. Even all the way down here in Australia we call the 2nd monitor the slave!In the OR, when doing laparoscopic surgery, we use two monitors. The outlet monitor was called a "slave". They banned that term, and it's now called a "satellite". PC non-sense. I'm black, and I could care less. It's not like a black person has to hold the screen during the entire surgery, NOW that would be a "slave", lol.
Oct 12, '13A package is a pt that is boarded and collared
Zithromax and rocephin is the funk pesticide
A stoner is a possible kidney stone
Triage is the torture chamber or box of doom
Locked and labed is a pt that has a saline lock and urine and a rainbow to the lab
Oct 21, '13Hats and johnnies, bariatric beds are called big boy beds. The smaller beds that you can bring all the way to the ground are low boy beds. Computers are WOWs, our blood pressure machines are called dynamaps but I think thats the brand name..
A patient asked me for the "litter box" (bedpan) yesterday and I think thats going to catch on where I work...
Oct 22, '13We have hats for urine samples, big boy and low boy beds, computers are WOW's, dynamaps. The saline lock loop I call it a J loop. Christmas tree for the O2 connector.
Oct 31, '13OMG, I couldn't sleep thinking of all the "nicknames" we use.
Tonsil sucker - Yankauer suction
Nose hose - NG tube
Bunny boots - foam heel protectors
Bunny suit - disposable white jumpsuit used for visitors to the OR
Peek and shriek - open and close surgery when cancer is too widespread to remove
Sundowner - ICU patient (usually elderly) that is perfectly normal during the day but gets demented at night
Expensive Care Unit - answering phone in ICU, "Expensive Care Unit, this is Nurse Nancy, may I help you?)
Eggcrate - foam overlay placed on beds for treating decubitus ulcers
Crotch rot - smelly perineal area (usually female)
Wallet Biopsy - patient transfer to University Hospital from Private Hospital after finding out patient doesn't have insurance
Orthopods - orthopedic surgery doctors
Respiratory mistreatment - going out for a smoke break
Bugs / bug juice - bacteria / antibiotics
Butts and guts - GI clinic
Levophed leaves 'em dead - futile last effort to use a vasopressor to prolong life
Tombstone "T" waves - configuration of EKG in an acute MI
Send patient to the floor - transfer patient to regular Med-Surg unit from ICU
Buffalo cap - heparin lock
Aug 12, '14One of our patients would continuously yell "BILL!!" for hours and hours until we gave her Ativan, at which point she would stop. As a result, whenever we had a patient who had trouble calming down, the nurses would be looking for Bill.
Aug 12, '14Not much use for pipettes anymore( mostly for QC's), but pipettes= Barbie Baster
smoke break = PFT'sLast edit by lpnpgh123 on Aug 12, '14 : Reason: want to add more