Common nicknames for hospital items. - page 5

by LifesAJourney 89,213 Views | 190 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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    i just remembered at ed, when a doctor orders blood to be drawn of a pt. we draw "the rainbow"= all the colors of blood tubes.
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    i went to school in the east and worked in the west for 15 years. then i came back. guerneys went back to being stretchers, patient gowns went back to being johnnies. dmis went back to being imis. or maybe i have that backwards.:d
    on the west coast, it's an-jih-nuh; in new england it's an-jye-nah. i got funny looks on both coasts until i adapted to the local pronunciation, so i got to the point where i would say, "it's an-jih-nuh or an-jye-nah, depending on whether your doctor went to stanford or harvard."
    if it's ice cream and milk all whipped up in the blender it's a frappe, not a milkshake, if you're in new england. and it's jimmies, not sprinkles, on your sundae.
    it's not coffee milk, it's a cabinet, if you're in rhode island.
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    I am really enjoying this thread, and it reminded me how obscure our nursing jargon can be to laypeople (except those who watch medical shows on tv ). "I need a PRN of ASA QID for my COPD patient--ASAP!!!" Alphabet soup!
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    sucker and string suction vacumm and suction catheter
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    We had to stop calling our computers on wheels "COWS" because some visitor got offended and complained because she heard "Get that COW out of the hallway" LMAO....now they're WOWs, workstations on wheels...how upscale
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    Quote from LifesAJourney
    I totally agree! Is there by chance "Vitamin H" for Haldol?
    That is what we call it. Vitamin A for Ativan, and Vitamin V for Versed.
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    Quote from gitanorn
    i just remembered at ed, when a doctor orders blood to be drawn of a pt. we draw "the rainbow"= all the colors of blood tubes.
    we say that too in my unit, or we say we drew everything under the sun for labs.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    We had to stop calling our computers on wheels "COWS" because some visitor got offended and complained because she heard "Get that COW out of the hallway" LMAO....now they're WOWs, workstations on wheels...how upscale
    Yep us too.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    This is fun! Here in the West, we have Christmas trees, gowns, frequent flyers, and transfers to the ECF (Eternal Care Facility) after they've CTD'd (Circled The Drain). Patients with cannulas have their O's on. When they're 'bound up', we give 'em a Hot Slider (warm prune juice mixed with MOM or Lactulose and 2 pats of butter). GoLytely is "the atomic laxative". Heel protectors are "booties", bibs are "clothing protectors", adult diapers are "briefs", and we "turn and baste" bedbound, incontinent nursing-home residents. The thing we use to catch urine in the toilet is a "hat", but if we have to catheterize someone who can't pee, we "drop a Foley".

    There's more but I can't think of them right now.

    Haha I love that " Eternal Care facility", I'm gonna start using that. A term I heard recently now that its summer...weve been getting a lot of business from the "stroke boats". elderly cruise ship folks havin strokes left right and centre haha.
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    Manual disimpaction = butt mining
    Lactulose +/or Mag Citrate = the nuclear option
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