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Post Prandial

The feeling after a meal where one becomes sluggish and fatigued  

Prostatectomy

A prostatectomy is a surgery performed to remove part or all of the prostate gland. This procedure can be performed though an open prostatectomy or transuethral resection of the prostate (TURP).

POD

Acronym for Post Operative Day. Usually denoted as POD #1, POD #2, etc.

PMV

Acronym for Passy-Muir Valve, a valve that allows patients to speak while they have a tracheostomy.

PRN

  As needed, deriving from the latin word “pro re nata”, which means “for an occasion that has arisen. ” “The ABG order is written PRN as we titrate the ventilator settings.”  

Please Optimize Medical Treatment

  A term used by surgeons or interventionalists that means the patient is not ready for their intervention or not appropriate for their intervention (surgery, scope, etc.). “In my assessment the patient is not a candidate for a a CABG, please continue to optimize medical management and we will reassess in 1 month as an […]

Pit

  Slang for the Emergency Room, usually because it is on the ground level of the hospital. ” I was exhausted after my month in the pit.”  

PTSD

  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  

Pan scan

  Doing a CT scan of the entire body, usually done in trauma. ” The patient presented after a car accident and had multiple injuries, we should do a pan scan to see whats hiding.”  

Pimp

Slang term for when an attending or resident physician asks questions continuously to physicians ranked lower than them, often to establish dominance and make the other person feel bad about their lack of knowledge. “I got pimped all day by Dr. Ezekial and it was humiliating.”