Common Emergency Room Slang Terms

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Medical transcriptionists often deal with medical slang terms and shorted forms of long medical terminology. While these are often learned in a medical transcription training course, it’s good to have a list handy. If you are a general transcriptionist you may come across medical terms, like when transcribing meetings and presentations for pharmaceutical companies, or other healthcare or medical type of business. You will also find this list helpful. Feel free to print it out and keep it on or next to your desk or in a folder where  you can access it when needed.

 

Common ER Slang Terms

 

 Slang                             Expansion

alk phos/alk P-tase

alkaline phosphatase

ambo

transporting ambulance

Ambu

ambu bag, manual resuscitative device

appy

appendectomy

bagging

artificial respiration performed with a respirator bag, such as an ambu bag

bag/banana bag

bag of IV fluids given to alcoholics or patients with nutritional deficiencies or chemical imbal­ances; named because of its yellow color, it contains multivitamins, folate, thiamine, and sugar

bicarb

bicarbonate

bili

bilirubin

Binky test

ability of an infant to evidence basic stability and an interest in “the important things in life” by placidly sucking on a binky

bleed

hemorrhage

champagne tap

clear tap; no blood

chem dep

chemical dependency

crit

hematocrit

eos

eosinophils

epi

epinephrine

epi sick

pale, green, nauseous, chest-pounding, tachycardic appearance of patient who has received aggressive subcutaneous epinephrine therapy for anaphylaxis or status asthmaticus

epis

epithelial cells

four H’s

hypoxemia, hypoglycemia, hypovolemia, and high bladder

gorked

obtunded or not aler

 HOD

heroin overdose

hypo

hypodermic injection

lac

laceration

lap coly

laparoscopic cholecystectomy

leuks

leukocytes

lido

lidocaine

lytes

electrolytes

mag

magnesium

monos

monocytes

neuts

neutrophils

nitro paste

Nitrol, nitroglycerin paste

perfed appy

ruptured appendix

quant beta/Q-beta

quantitative beta HCG

rule of 9’s

for assessing percentage of body surface area in burns

satting/sat

oxygen saturation

sed rate

sedimentation rate

serum/urine ozm(s)

serum/urine osmolality/osmolalities (lab)

stepdown unit

a monitored setting, not as intense as any type of ICU

sux/sucks

succinylcholine

Tee-3/TN-3/Ty-3

Tylenol No. 3

tox

toxicology

traked

endotracheally intubated

triple A

abdominal aortic aneurysm, AAA

tweak score

scale for assessing alcoholism dependence

vitamin H

ER short from for Haldol

 

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