helpful acrostics

  1. are there any helpful/amusing acrostics/sayings to help you guys learn health care or nursing concepts/ideas/medicines/lab values?

    por example:

    hormones released by the anterior pituitary = FAT PG (fat pig)
    FSH/LH, ACTH, TSH, Prolactin, GH

    im so drunk, my MOTOR MOVEMENTS are so bad--i need "a taxi-a" (ataxia= loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement).

    "apraxia" - loss of PRACTICED motor movements

    "right-tri-right." (tricuspid valve in between the right atrium and ventricle).

    aPTT - the "TT" kinda resembles an "H" which stands for Heparin. aptt is useful to determine risk for bleeding in Heparin therapy.


    sorry, these are some that i can think of off the top of my head. i know theyre kinda lame but they do work.

    so any more favorites/just useful ones out there?
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  3. by   Jill1215
    For remembering the symptoms the parasympathetic nervous system produces (parasympathetic drugs, etc.)

    SLUDGE

    Salivation, lacrimation, Urination, Defication, GI, Emesis

    OPQRST (assessment of chest pain)

    onset, provokes, quality, radiating, severity, time of occurence

    Never Let a Monkey Eat Bananas (# of white blood cells from greatest to least)

    Neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, basophils

    SAMPLE (a very quick patient history, like you might do in the ER)

    Signs/symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Pertinent past history, Last oral intake, Events leading up to the problem

    AEIOU TIPS (common causes of altered mental status)

    Alcohol/drugs, Endocrine, Insulin Overdose, Uremia, Trauma, Infection, Psychiatric, Shock
    Last edit by Jill1215 on Mar 20, '05
  4. by   jolie chatte
    Quote from Jill1215
    For remembering the symptoms the parasympathetic nervous system produces (parasympathetic drugs, etc.)

    SLUDGE

    Salivation, lacrimation, Urination, Defication, GI, Emesis

    OPQRST (assessment of chest pain)

    onset, provokes, quality, radiating, severity, time of occurence

    Never Let a Monkey Eat Bananas (# of white blood cells from greatest to least)

    Neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, basophils

    SAMPLE (a very quick patient history, like you might do in the ER)

    Signs/symptoms, Allergies, Medications, Pertinent past history, Last oral intake, Events leading up to the problem

    AEIOU TIPS (common causes of altered mental status)

    Alcohol/drugs, Endocrine, Insulin Overdose, Uremia, Trauma, Infection, Psychiatric, Shock
    ooooh...those are some good ones! thanks for sharing, Jill1215.
    keep em comin' kids. we need all the helpful hints we can get!
  5. by   blue eyes


    So far I have learnt:

    To conduct symptom analysis: PQRST provokes/palliates, quality/quantity, region/radiates, severity and timing if problems are found after doing the ROS (review of systems).

    For assessment: FANCAPES - fluid intake, aeration, nutrition, communication, activity, pain, elimination, socialization. Also COLDSPA - character, onset, location, duration, severity, pattern and associated symptoms.

    Phases of the nursing process, AD PIE - assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation.

    Physical examination techniques: I PP (double P) AO - inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation & olfaction to thoroughly examine patient.

    Edit: The general survey (study of the whole person/patient) SOME TEAMS - Symmetry, Old, Mentation, Expression, Trunk, Extremities, Appearance, Movement & Speech.



    Last edit by blue eyes on Mar 21, '05
  6. by   enfermeraSG
    The only new one I can offer is on pain evaluation: OLD CARTS
    Onset
    Location
    Duration

    Characteristics
    Aggravating factors
    Relieving factors
    Timing
    Severity

    And ADME ("add me") to remember the phases of Pharmacokinetics.
    Absorbtion, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion.

    The coolest thing I learned to help me remember lab values: Use a dry erase marker on a mirror to write a different range every week. (ie, Potassium or even normal blood component ranges) Each time, use a different color and different locations on the mirror/different mirrors. You can actually recall them and picture it in your mind on exams! Wipes right off too. SG
  7. by   jolie chatte
    i thought of another one i just learned:

    ER Priorities (and these can help prioritize for NCLEX type questions)

    A airway
    B breathing
    C circulation
    D disability (neuro test)
    E exposure (environment control)
    F farenheit (take temp/check all VS)/full set of VS/
    five interventions:
    1. ECG
    2. Oximetry
    3. Catheter
    4. NG/OG tube
    5. labs
    G give comfort (measures)
    H health history
    I inspect (posterior surfaces)
  8. by   SCmomof3
    Quote from jolie chatte
    i thought of another one i just learned:

    ER Priorities (and these can help prioritize for NCLEX type questions)

    A airway
    B breathing
    C circulation
    D disability (neuro test)
    E exposure (environment control)
    F farenheit (take temp/check all VS)/full set of VS/
    five interventions:
    1. ECG
    2. Oximetry
    3. Catheter
    4. NG/OG tube
    5. labs
    G give comfort (measures)
    H health history
    I inspect (posterior surfaces)
    I use acrostics to help me learn all the time. Thanks for these! I'm still taking pre-req's/co-req's so nothing to add yet.
  9. by   jolie chatte
    how 'bout "C3-4-5 keeps the diaphragm alive"

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