Terms we will not admit to using - page 12

You all have heard of them and of course we never actually use any of these terms but somehow they are there and everyone knows them....... There the "unofficial" abbreviation list like ... Read More

  1. by   ann1978
    How about a foreverplasty? Refers to all the cases the "known slow surgeon" does!
  2. by   correctlywrong
    Quote from nurse97mommy2000
    Withdrawal -- EMS picking up a patient
    Deposit -- EMS bringing in a patient

    DRT -- Dead Right There
    DRH -- Dead Right Here

    OTD -- Out The Door

    Code Brown -- You can guess this one:chuckle

    TMI -- Too Much Information

    Circling The Drain

    "They're on their way to their Heavenly home"

    "Norm-al-la-sine" -- Normal Saline (Good if you tell a patient you are giving this for pain ((with a doctors order of course)). They think it is a new pain medication. We actually had a patient (a FF) to say their pain got better :roll)
    I didn't actually mean to thank you for this post, but to hit reply.

    Telling a patient that they are recieving a medication for pain which is not actually an analgesic, even with an MD order, has ethical and possible legal implications.

    Certainly, if you explain that normal saline is being given to address dehydration, for instance, and that you expect that to improve the pain, that would be fine. But if you are actually using it as a placebo and representing it to the patient as an analgesic medication, that is an abuse of their trust in you and the rest of the health care team.

    I'm not going to say that I haven't been tempted to do this before. But I know that if I were the patient, and I learned that such a trick had been played on me, I would be calling hospital administration and the professional boards of the caregivers involved.
  3. by   talaxandra
    Quote from correctlywrong
    Telling a patient that they are recieving a medication for pain which is not actually an analgesic, even with an MD order, has ethical and possible legal implications.
    It's true that some ethicists have expressed concerns about the use of placebos in a variety of settings, including randomised control trials. However, at the same time researchers are discovering more about the way the brain processes information about pain, pain relief, and other areas that encompass the placebo effect.

    Placebo use is not as rare as those working in hospitals (like me) might believe - the Journal of General Internal Medicine recently reported that just under half surveyed Chicago internists had prescribed a placebo at least one during their career, often without the patient's knowledge:
    Four percent of the doctors who prescribed placebos told their patient they were prescribing a placebo.
    Just over one in 10 (12 percent) of the doctors who answered the survey said doctors should be prevented from prescribing placebos. According to the research team, the use of placebos is ethically debatable. Some ethicists argue patients should know they are being given a placebo, but others see no problem with the placebo effect. The placebo effect means that some patients will get better either spontaneously or because they believe they are being treated, not because of the medicine itself.
    Almost all the respondents (96 percent) said they believed placebos could be therapeutic for patients. The majority also believed in the possibility of positive psychological and physiological benefits of meditation, yoga, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, prayer, spirituality, a good social support system, good doctor-patient rapport, and the interior design of the health care environment.
    According to Neuron, expectation affects the results of a number of interactions, including placebos, which could reduce the effects of a placeo if the patient knows that's what s/he's receiving, a finding confirmed by a recent University of Michigan study.

    I have certainly given patients medication with the intent of inducing a placebo effect - most often paracetamol (acetaminophen in the US), with the words "this will help you sleep," if sedatives are not ordered or advisable. I don't say it's a sedative, or disclose that it's a simple analgesic, and if the patient asks what the medication is I tell them, adding that for some patients it makes it easier to sleep, without the side-effects many sedatives can have. Much more often than not the patient does sleep.
  4. by   JailRN
    The jail nurses' favorite

    "Adam Henry"--police terminology for the initials "A.H."

    is (how can I say this and not get into trouble)

    'bottom hole', (uncoop, out of control, loud, cursing, gassing (throwing urine/feces on staff), spitting)

    As in, 'there's an Adam Henry down in booking"


    "V+V cocktail" (DUI's booked in) 'vicodin (or valium) and vodka' ("I haven't been drinking--F-ing cop just didn't like me)

    As in "she was picked up for DUI-V+V cocktail"

  5. by   nerdtonurse?
    DSA -- Drug Seeking (Argumentative, Abusive, Arrogant bodypart that fecal material usually comes out of), as in "the DSA in 9 had 14 mg of morphine in the ER, had 4 mg 45 minutes ago, and told me she hasn't had anything for pain and wants morphine...." (this one came in from a single car MVA and got picked up by the cops when she was discharged, she had enough drugs in her car to open a CVS).

    IM -- Imminent marytrdom, as in "Oh, nobody thinks anything's wrong with me, but there is, I'm going to die, and you'll all be sorry." The IM'r that I'm thinking of came in with the 4 (4!) MRI reports, a stack of EKGs, 3 stress tests, and 3 CT's she'd had in the last 6 months. All negative for anything wrong with her heart. When I told her that her rhythm was perfect and left the room, she moved leads around trying to GET an abnormal rhythm. When that didn't work, she took the battery out of the tele box and turned it over, trying to get a bad rhythm, which brings me to the next one....

    DSD -- desperately seeking disability. I swear I had a sixteen year old that mom brought in, saying she needed to start the disability process, since everyone else in the family was on it. Nothing was wrong with this kid, except the home he was born into.
  6. by   VivaRN
    Quote from stripec30
    Alright, how about:

    - Milk of Amnesia - Propofol
    - Gravity Assisted Concrete Poisoning - jumped from height
    - Hi 5 - HIV positive
    - Urban Outdoorsman - Homeless person
    - Bungee jumper - a patient who pulls on his catheter tube

    Does anyone know - how did Hi 5 come to mean HIV positive?
  7. by   VivaRN
    Never mind, I just got it...

    But in case anyone else was wondering,

    HI V = Hi "5" (V interpreted like the roman numeral = 5)

    Pretty clever!
  8. by   alcrab01
    TFFTB- Too F-ing Fat To Breathe

    TSTL- Too Stupid to Live

    TYTB- Too Young to Breed

    PRATFO- Patient Reassured and Told To F- Off
  9. by   NurseyBaby'05
    Old Lady Butt Smell
  10. by   oregonchinamom
    SPS= Stinky ***** syndrome (as in SPS needs some FDS!)
    Last edit by ElvishDNP on Aug 4, '08 : Reason: TOS
  11. by   Babs0512
    GOMER - Get out of my ER

    Celestial Discharge

    PITA - Pain in the arse

    Shallow Gene Pool - as a dx

    TTTR - Tattoo to teeth ratio
  12. by   Zee_RN
    A&W -- Alert & Weird

    (Assuming A&W brand root beer is not a local thing?)
  13. by   elizabeth8503RN
    LIGHTING BUG----- someone who refuses to leave the call light alone