things said wrong that drive you crazy

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    Ok. So I'll start by saying that when I hear the office or a nurse say "orientate", it is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Its orient, not orientate.

    Another one is O2 "stat". Its O2 sat, as in saturation.

    Its trach, not "trache".

    Or parents who tell me their kid has a trachea...I sure hope so! I want to tell them their kid isn't special for that and that we all have a trachea.

    Parents that tell their kid I'll give them a shot if they don't behave. I'm not around to cause pain or scare a child.

    And parents that speak Walmart! When they tell me they want to "axe me" I fear for my life or my job and then they just ask me a question.

    Incorrect spelling of meds. It can lead to a med error. The med name is on the container. It can be looked up online if needed. I can't stand hearing "Phenergren", its phenergan.

    Seeing/hearing yankauer spelled/said incorrectly. Passy-Muir is another.

    Formula doesn't always have milk in it. Some patients are allergic to milk/dairy. Calling it milk and saying you don't want your kid to drink milk because its too much milk just sounds silly.

    I'll think of more. Any others?
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    No, it's now "orientate", why? I got an order to write it that way from the doctor. Lol
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    I've heard doctors say this stuff too. You would think they learned something in college!
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    Lol. The OP hit most of mine except for "your son has a temperature." Everyone has a temperature. Even dead bodies left in a snowbank for a week have a temperature.

    Nurses that called it "yanker" instead of yankauer was like nails on a chalkboard for me.

    O2 Stats. Also nails on chalkboard for me.
    Last edit by ventmommy on Nov 2, '13 : Reason: Added more annoyances....
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    Quote from ventmommy
    Lol. The OP hit most of mine except for "your son has a temperature." Everyone has a temperature. Even dead bodies left in a snowbank for a week have a temperature.

    Nurses that called it "yanker" instead of yankauer was like nails on a chalkboard for me.

    O2 Stats. Also nails on chalkboard for me.
    Yes! Temperature vs fever. Some of my family says that and it sounds so ignorant!
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    Sugar instead of diabetes....
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    Pampers instead of diapers.

    Personal opinion and technically both are correct, but hearing briefs instead of diaper for an infant sounds silly. A diaper is a diaper. But briefs sound better for an adult.

    In the same type of error, hearing Kleenex for tissue.
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    In EMS, I used to hear a lot from patients (when asked for medical history) "I got the sugar and the pressure."
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    'Speak WalMart'----- Just spit coffee all over myself!
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    orientate is a perfectly fine word. We in the USA are just not used to hearing it.
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