Monday, June 10, 2013

That's why they call it a "blood gas"

Apparently, calling it "Arterial pH" used too many letters...


10 comments:

Suze said...

Love it!

PediNP said...

Maybe it is artisanal?

Packer said...

Phantastic numbers

bluetoothbuddha said...

Confucius say, now with certainty: "Phart IS anal."

Geoff Brown said...

I had occasion to require inpatient care at my local hospital last month, and a sign invited patients or visiting family members who had concerns about the patient experiencing things like trouble breathing or chest pains to contact the "Family Activated Rapid Response Team." They at least had the good sense not to reduce that to an acronym.

Nurse Dee said...

I would giggle at this everytime I went to go see a blood gas - I intentionally TRY to find someone with it JUST so that I can laugh!

Awesomeness!

Anonymous said...

On the subject of good acronyms:

Emergency Medical Unit+rural Australian hospital=nurses putting up Big Bird posters.

Anonymous said...

Where else is your abg going to come from?

Anonymous said...

Apparently this sort of irresponsibility is deliberately inflicted upon the medical community, as in SNOT, the sino-nasal outcome test. The poor ENT doc I transcribe for has to dictate this with a straight "face" (voice, actually).

Doc Rugrat said...

Mark of an intensivist...my first reaction was to wonder why the patient is hyperventilating.

 
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