Common nicknames for hospital items. - page 2

by LifesAJourney | 110,020 Views | 208 Comments

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 pack" for the polar pack and the... Read More


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    Prune Juice and Milk of Mag= poop cocktail
    vintagemother, Nurse J1112, jrbl77, and 7 others like this.
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    Brains = report sheet
    slewandowskirn, Nurse J1112, maire, and 10 others like this.
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    Altitude vigil: wean the vent and see if they fly. Buff and Fluff: Bath and linen change. Instant replay: Repeat admission just after being discharged.
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    Propofol-MJ juice
    Post op CABG/AVR, ETC are called "Hearts"
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    Gossip sheet = report sheet

    the cocktail = Haldol and Ativan together IM
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    chucks = blue pads
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    New england....a Bubbler is the water fountain. It's a stretcher not a gurney. It's a Johnnie not a patient gown. It not a "christmas tree" (I'm originally from the midwest) but a nipple connector. It Guaiac not hemoccult. It's a mucous trap not Luki tube (sputum spec. for a vented patient). The Au Pair is the baby sitter. It's soda not Pop, a float not milk shake, and Jimmies not sprinkles.

    Triple H enema (high hot and a heckof a lot) and Banana Bags(IV MVI/folate?Mg detox bags). We have Vitamin H, Vitamin V and Vitamin A. We have positive samsonite signs (comes with luggage) and DBQ (dirt bag quotient).

    GI cocktail green or pink. (maalox/viscous lido/belladonna (green) or phenobarb (pink)

    Just to name a few
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 31, '12
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    It's a bit tangential to the topic, but I remember back 30 years ago when I was a nurses' aide, the nursing home I worked in had "nourishments" before the residents went to bed. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when people use pretentious language when simpler words would do--it's a SNACK, not "nourishment" also, out of curiosity, how many different terms for "nurse's aide" are in use around the country? One of my faces is "Patient Care Technician"' which sounds like they should be carrying around a toolbox with screwdrivers and foley cath bags.
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    DUCKY

    I'm a CNA and a nurse (trying not to laugh) recently asked me to go into a room and ask the older gentleman if he would like to "Use the ducky"

    I blinked twice and did as requested (not sure if I was about to play into some larger joke), I'm glad he said no because it took me a while to figure out that it meant the handhelp urinal. It's not a common nickname in the hospital but was appaerently the term of choice for this guy's assisted living. We then discussed how we might be able to decorate one such that it indeed looked like a ducky...
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    Fun thread! I'm in NYS, and here it's a christmas tree connector for the O2. Frequent Flyers, I believe, are the same across the country

    Acronyms in report are common: LOLFDGB = Little Old Lady Fall Down Go Boom, DX-TSTL = Diagnosis-Too Stupid To Live.

    A bariatric bed for a male is a Big Boy Bed (flip the gender for a girl).

    Booties are heel protectors.

    A 'Flip and Feed' is a geriatric patient you don't do much else with other than that.
    Last edit by RNsRWe on Jul 31, '12 : Reason: typo noticed


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