Wounds of all sizes

Posted: 12/16/2009 12:00:00 AM
It has come to our attention from several emergency rooms that many EMS narratives have taken a decidedly creative direction lately. Effective immediately, all members are to refrain from using slang and abbreviations to describe patients, such as the following:

Cardiac patients should not be referred to with MUH (messed up heart), PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking), or HIBGI(had it before, got it again).

Stroke patients are not "Charlie Carrots". Nor are rescuers to use CCFCCP (Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs) to describe their mental state.

Trauma patients are not CATS (cut all to shit), FDWB (fell down, went boom), TBC (total body crunch), or "Hamburger helper". Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to include phrases like NV2VI ("negative vehicle to vehicle interface") or TDS ("terminal deceleration syndrome").

HAZMAT teams are highly trained professionals, not "glow worms".

Persons with altered mental states as a result of drug use are not considered "pharmaceutically enhanced".

Gunshot wounds to the head are not "Trans-occipital implants".

The homeless are not "urban outdoorsman", nor is endotracheal intubation to be referred to as a "PVC challenge".

And finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being TBTT ("to be toe-tagged"), ART (assuming room temperature), CC (cancel Christmas), CTD (circling the drain), or RFDN (ready for dirt nap).

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