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ETOH? (definition & discussions)

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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It means that the patient drinks alcohol=ETOH

I was taught to multiply by 10 the number of drinks a patient claims he drinks. "Oh I drink 1 beer a day? Think 5-10

Another abbreviation some old doctors use inn COOH. for alcohol.

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Don't ever be embarrassed to ask a question. I started out working as a cna after leaving my previous profession (which I had a bachelor's degree for) and i knew nothing. I wasn't stupid (even though i got stupid looks sometimes) but being as though i had never stepped foot into a hospital and hadn't started nursing school yet - I was literally clueless. I had to ask what pna meant (pneumonia)- what tah meant (total abdominal hysterectomy) - what etoh meant (alcohol) - what mvc meant (motor vehicle crash).

I mean, how would you know unless you ask?

Medical terminology is so unique in that the abbreviations used (for the most part) sound nothing like the actual word! Is there a letter "c" in the word with? Yes, I asked what the letter "c" meant too.

You can't know unless you ask! Say to your co-worker, "I know this might sound stupid, but what does etoh mean?" most people are glad that you ask and appreciate that much more than if you pretend as if you know everything.

I had a little tension at first with co-workers bc I was "educated" i think they assumed I thought i was "smart" so I think my asking them questions and giving them the chance to teach me made them feel good. Try it.

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Know this is probably really dumb, but, could ETOH be called "ethyl hydroxide?" (I hate when chemicals dont have a nice neat name). Every ETOH patient I encounter has only had--to their desperately sincere recollection, of course--only two or three drinks. Heh. I wouldn't necessarily multiply by 2, but I'd immediately consider them to have ETOH hx. It's a deep disease man. :/

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P_RN said:

I was taught to multiply by 10 the number of drinks a patient claims he drinks. "Oh I drink 1 beer a day? Think 5-10.

In my experience, that's way too much. I would say multiply by 2-3.

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WIN007 said:
Technically Ethanyl alcohol. It's the chemical abbreviation. should be etOH I think.

It's ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, CH3CH2OH, and in Chem it's abbreviated EtOH, but in Nursing you'll see it as ETOH, typically meaning that the pt is an alcoholic (or intoxicated).

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