Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Language

While on call this past weekend I discovered this line in another neurologist's note:

"An ictal event is possible, and cannot entirely be excluded, however our data to implicate such process definitively is somewhat tenuous at this point in time."

17 comments:

23 Skidoo said...

Obviously has commitment issues...


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Anonymous said...

Sounds like he should have gone into radiology

Packer said...

Aspiring lawyer

SuFu PhD said...

and the med student reading that note blinks 3 times, shrugs and assumes he means the patient if f----ed.

webhill said...

Too funny. I too was gonna say sounds like a radiologist.... the only thing missing is "please correlate with clinical findings and follow up with additional studies as necessary."

Liz 2 said...

Good Lord, sounds like an overzealous freshman in their first college writing course.

ronstew said...

= "Maybe, but probably not."

brent said...

aspiring politician.

Mari-Ann said...

I get dizzy when I go around in circules.

Anonymous said...

Or, as a surgeon would say...
r/o sz.

RehabRN said...

Is he getting paid by the word? Why do some people have to be so wordy, and say the same thing over and over.

Diarrhea of the medical record...yuck!

Anonymous said...

I've read it three times and still don't know what he or she was saying.

a.generic doc said...

Is there any patient you couldn't say that about?

Anonymous said...

Eh, what was that?

medrecgal said...

Hearty laughter here from the medical records person, particularly at the contrast between the content of the note in the post and the comment from Anon 4:52 above. I've seen both kinds of notes from providers, and they each have their place, I suppose. Sometimes too much information is as bad as not enough.

Anonymous said...

Of course, we know it really translates to: "this wacho really isn't having seizures but I don't want to write that he is a nutjob in the chart"

Caya said...

S/he's saying that the ictal event is possible, can't rule it out. But that as of right now, there's not enough data to make a firm ruling on it. I didn't find it hard to understand at all. *sigh* sorry, just drives me nuts.

 
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