From the mouths of non-nurses - page 9

My wife, a piano teacher, and I were talking about music and she was using some pretty "technical" terms that I, not a music professional, didn't understand. She said, "Now you know what it's like... Read More

  1. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from msjack
    This happened when I worked as a tech on a stepdown ICU floor. One day I saw a few of the nurses all huddled together hysterically laughing. So I went over to find out what was so funny. Well one of the interns or residents had written an order for K+ for the patient that had hypopotassemia. I believe he had even discussed with the patients nurse the order so not only did he write it, but he talked about it. Unbelievable :chuckle.
    What'm I missing here? I don't get it.
  2. by   Cindy_A
    Low potassium is called hypokalemia, not hypopotassemia. He should have learned that in medical school at least. The chemical symbol for potassium is K.
  3. by   UM Review RN
    Oh, I see now. I've seen it both ways -- some of our older docs do say "hypopotassemia" and it is a valid term. I've also seen the chemical symbol for K also written as K+ due to its chemical structure. http://www.online-medical-dictionary...Hypopotassemia
  4. by   sbic56
    OMG these are hilarious!

    When I was working OB a young husband came running down the hall from the shower room hollaring..."We need help in there...my wife just passed her liver in the shower!!" I have to admit, it was a pretty big clot!
  5. by   polly_purebred
    Our communications center folks are not medically trained. When they take calls from EMS and then type the complaint on our ambulance board, the results can be quite humorous. My two favorites are "Grandma seizure" and "Sinkable episode." :wink2:
  6. by   Jennyw45013
    Some of my faves:
    -Trichomannassas
    -Antecubical
    -Hyena Hernia
    -Trash (thrush lol)
    -Someone told my coworker their doctor told them the next time their virgina bled this bad, they would need an appalachian lol
  7. by   HurricaneBreeze
    I had a very funny 80ish year old male recently who despised his foley catheter. He was getting up to ambulate and grabbed ahold of the bag and told me to slow down because he needed to grab his "**** purse." I about lost it on that one!
  8. by   WoofyMutt80
    When my father had his CABG in October, the doctor came in the night before to explain the procedure, and my father is a wise a** anyways! The doctor said "John, your here for a CABG" and my father said "A cabbage? I thought I was getting a tomato!" The doctor busted out laughing!
  9. by   handyrn
    Well, this is an old thread and I'm not sure if anybody reads it any more, but I have a new one. I was recently assessing a patient for an insurance claim. In explaining how difficult it was to carry on ADLs she kept telling me that she just couldn't see to do things because of her "immaculate degeneration."
  10. by   Zippyy
    in A&E had a patient complain about the ambulance men....they were calling her names...tacky.....turned out they were dicussing her heart rhyme..tachy...bless her took us ages to explain to her so she would underrstand
  11. by   Aeterna
    Either the person who types in a person's admitting diagnosis into the computer system sucks at typing or he/she isn't a nurse because we once got a patient admitted with "External shortness of breath".

    The nurse working on her admitting papers was like, "So...does that mean she's short of breath only on the outside but not the inside?" LOL

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