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Favorite "Lay Terms" for diagnoses.

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mentalhealthRN specializes in Psych/CD/Medical/Emp Hlth/Staff Ed.

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Not sure if this really fits the "funny way patients pronounce things" theme but I read the responses and was reminded of this funny story. I had a family member who kindly provided me with her husbands list of meds on his admit to the inpatient psych unit. She had it very organized, typed and next to each med name she had what he took it for. -- so I read this lonnnnnng list of meds and indications and get to this one and had to read it a few times and when I finally read it aloud I burst out laughing. "colace-- 42godapoopoo"

Now all the others were things like -- Diovan: High blood pressure, Vicodin: back pain, etc. ......but this one was in "code". LOL -- colace-- 4 2 go da poo poo....ya gotta say it out loud! lol I was laughing for a while on that one.

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LegzRN has 4 years experience and specializes in CEN, CPEN, RN-BC.

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Patient: What's in the bag? "Saleen?"

LegZRN: Yes... normal "saleen" solution

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ebear has 37 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg/Peds/O.R./Legal/cardiology.

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"cooterman" for Coumadin

"tiger-tol" for Tegretol

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etaoinshrdluRN has 2 years experience and specializes in LTC, OB, psych.

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"Sorry, my parts-heimers is kicking in again."

I've heard it described as "sommmathetimers."

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When I was a fairly new RN, I had a direct admission come in from her GI doc's office. Direct admission = no H&P, no orders, nothing. The patient states her doctor told her she would be "PON for her ursupp the next day." WTH?? I literally started sweating because I had no idea what she was talking about. It took me a minute or two to figure out that she was to be "NPO for an ERCP." She had a relative that had recently had a CABG and heard the nurses pronouncing it "cabbage" and she thought that all abbreviations were just pronounced phonetically.

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LPNweezy has 1 years experience and specializes in LTC.

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My favorite is "Alltimers"

hahahah my favorite deviation of Alzheimer's is 'Old-timers' :yeah:

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LPNweezy has 1 years experience and specializes in LTC.

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On the nurse side, almost nobody is able to correctly pronounce "metoprolol."

this is how i say it MEH-TRO-PRO-LOL i know its wrong. i think its METO-PRO-LOL. :lol2:

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ebear has 37 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg/Peds/O.R./Legal/cardiology.

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it is, Weezy! :lol2:

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My new female admit told me she'd had her "prostate removed." Couldn't shake her story even after a detailed explanation of how that couldn't possibly be true. Later she apologized and said "Honey, I was wrong. I think it was my husband that had his prostrate taken out."

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llerkl has 39 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Non-Oncology Infusion currently.

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epidermal=epidural :eek:

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KJStarling specializes in ICU & ED.

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Once a patient told me he had "roaches in the liver." I really had to keep my poker face straight that day!

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