Slang

RTMFL

Run The Mother Fucking List

Bed Tetris

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

Curbside Dropoff

Made famous in Lynn, MA, the curbside drop-off is when several friends in a beat up car deliver the overdosed or dead body of their “friend” to the front door of the ER by pushing their deadweight body out of the car onto the ground and shouting for help as they drive away. Fact.

RTL

Acroynm for Rounding The List, which is a slang term for doctors reviewing all the patients and assessing to do’s and action plans for the patient, which usually involves making phone calls and writing orders

Lasix

  A diuretic medication given that helps patients pee. Called this because it “lasted six hours.”  

Win the game

  To discharge all of the patients from your service, so that you have no patients to take care of. “I discharged 2 people and won the game.” – Patrick Doyle PA-C  

Curbside

  The act of asking a specialty physician a question without formally consulting them, thus needing them to formally see, evaluate the patient and write documentation that describes their recommendations. “Hey can we curbside you for a quick question? Do you think procainamide can be used for this patient in Afib?”  

Harpoon the whale

  A slang term (and very unprofessional one) that refers to sticking a needle into an obese patient with lots of extra tissue. Often referring to Lumbar Punctures or US guided IV’s. “We managed to harpoon the whale and get CSF from the LP.”  

Total body dolor

  Slang term for a hispanic patient, who is usually incredibly anxious , who complains of pain all over her body and yes to any question that you may ask. “She presents with total body dolor. She says she has pain in her chest, breast, abdomen, back, head, and even legs. We should give her […]

Snow

  Slang term for a patient who is sleepy from medications. Adjective:”The patient is snowed after we have her a 5 & 2. ” Verb:”We snowed the patient after she became agitated.”