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BAFERD

An acronym standing for Bad-Ass Fucking Emergency Room Doctor, a term made popular in highly active Facebook group for emergency medicine doctors

Banding – Hemorrhoids

Banding hemorrhoids is a procedure in which a tight elastic band is used to cut off blood supply to a hemorrhoid by being placed around its base.

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Borborygmi

The sound of gut noises that occurs with movement of solids/liquids/gases through the large intestine. Usually used in reference to small bowel obstructions, whereby the tinkering sound is heard

Bed Tetris

Usually around shift change when lots of patients are being wheeled between wards

BPH

BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia)

BiPAP

Acronym for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, usually a device used for helping patients with sleep apnea get oxygen during sleep. It has two pressures, consisting of IPAP and EPAP It is similar to the CPAP machine, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

Boxer’s Fracture

  A colloquial term for a base of the fifth metatarsal fracture. This occurs when a patient takes a roundhouse punch to a hard object, which means the metatarsal of the fifth digit is the primary point of contact. This bone is fragile and often fractures during roundhouse swings. Note real boxers do not do […]

Buff

  Prepare the patient. “The cardiac surgeon will be by tomorrow, let’s buff the patient up as much as possible so he agrees to do the cardiac catheterization.”  

Block

  Slang for an action doctors, nurses or staff takes to prevent a patient from being admitted to a service or to do a procedure, usually out of laziness. “They blocked the patient from the floor for completely ridiculous reasons.”