[Northkeep] not medeival but funny

OttokarLuther at aol.com OttokarLuther at aol.com
Thu May 2 02:44:21 PDT 2002

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a freind of mine sent this to me and i thougt i'd share
To: All EMS Personnel
From: Chief of Operations
Subject: Proper Narrative Descriptions

       It has come to our attention from several emergency rooms that
many EMS narratives have taken a decidedly creative direction lately.
Effective immediately, all members are to refrain from using slang and
abbreviations to describe patients, such as the following.

       1) Cardiac patients should not be referred to as suffering from MUH
(messed up heart),
 PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking) or HIBGIA (had it before, got
it again).

       2) Stroke patients are NOT "Charlie Carrots." Nor are rescuers to use
CCFCCP (Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs)
 to describe their mental state.

       3) Trauma patients are not CATS (cut all to sh*t), FDGB (fall down, go
boom), TBC (total body crunch) or
"hamburger helper." Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to
include phrases like "negativevehicle to
 vehicle interface" or "terminal deceleration syndrome."

       4) HAZMAT teams are highly trained professionals, not "glow worms."

       5) Persons with altered mental states as a result of drug use are not
considered "pharmaceutically gifted."

       6) Gunshot wounds to the head are not "trans-occipital implants."

       7) The homeless are not "urban outdoorsmen", nor is endotracheal
intubations referred to as a "PVC Challenge".

       8) And finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being
"paws up," ART (assuming room temperature),
CC (Cancel Christmas), CTD (circling the drain), DRT (dead right there) or
NLPR (no long playing records).

       I know you will all join me in respecting the cultural diversity of
our patients to include their medical orientations in
creating proper narratives and log entries.

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