V

Varicose Vein Stripping

Varicose vein stripping is the surgical removal of a ligated varicose vein through incisions in the groin area or back of the knee.

Vegetable

  Brain dead or comatose. Similar to gorked, but of lower mental function. “This ward is full of vegetables.”  

Vesicle

a fluid filled lesion that is less than 1 cm in size and above the skin. In contrast to a bulla that is larger than 1cm in size. “The lesion was 0.5cm vesicle after the patient was in contact with poison ivy.”

Verrucous

Wart like. “The lesion was verrucous in nature.”

valsalva

Maneuver (there are many) that increases pressure in the thorax. Often used when patients are in abnormal heart rhythms, since this maneuver can trigger the brain to slow the heart down. “The patient was instructed to undergo a valsalva maneuver and subsequently broke the SVT.”

Vitamin H

Slang for Haldol, a chemical sedative

Vfib

Ventribular fibrillation . “The patient was in a Vfib and had to be shocked.”

Vtach

ventricular tachycardia. “The patient is in a Vtach rhythm and had to be shocked.”

V/Q scan

Ventilation/Perfusion scan. A type of imaging that is used to diagnose a pulmonary embolism