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When the Doctor Says....III
Medical Lingo / Abbreviations
"When the doctor says a certain phrase, what is he talking about? Number three of the series."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
When the doctor says "This patient is having DT's", what does he mean?
Stiff muscles and inability to move - Diffuse Tetany
Shakes and anxiety induced by alcohol withdrawal - Delirium Tremens.
Is having a turn for the worse - Deep Troubles
An uncooperative or abusive attitude - Doctor Tantrum
If a doctor says the patient has "rebound tenderness", what might this mean?
He needs abdominal surgery
He is recovering from a seizure
He has been playing too much basketball
He keeps repeating the same phrase over and over
When the doctor says the patient needs a "spin", what does he mean?
Needs to be discharged quickly to make room for another patient
He needs exercise on a stationary bicycle
He needs dialysis to supplement kidney function
Needs to be turned repeatedly to test cerebellar function and balance
If the patient needs "PFT's", what will he get?
Pancreatic function tests to check for pancreatitis
Pituitary function tests - a series of endocrine blood tests
Pill finder tests - blood and urine tests to look for illicit drug use
Pulmonary function tests to measure breathing ability
If a doctor asks for a "BMR", what kind of problem is he trying to address?
A disorderly patient to obtain restraints
An endocrine problem such as hyperthyroidism
A patient who is about to vomit
An uncontrolled cardiac rhythm
If a patient needs a "KUB", to which hospital department will he be headed?
The patient is "third spacing". What is he doing?
Not answering questions appropriately or acting in an appropriate manner
Accumulating fluid in body cavities or tissues
Leaving out pertinent details when giving a medical history
Skipping every third beat on an EKG tracing
The doctor is worried the patient is going into "ARDS". What does he need to get ready?
A ventilator and an intubation tube
Cardiac paddles for electric shock
A kidney dialysis machine
A tongue blade and anti-seizure medication
The doctor says the patient has "torsade". Which organ or group of organs is affected?
brain and spinal cord
When a resident on night call says he is "on the point", what is he really saying?
He is due to take the next admission in rotation
He is on the verge of making a diagnosis
He has successfully made a diagnosis
He is just about to go off call
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Compiled Jun 28 12