Monday, December 24, 2007

UK Medical Slang

Let's see how good you are at deciphering some UK medical slang. What do the following terms mean:

1. Hasselhoff

2. disco biscuit

3. a Father Jack

4. blamestorming

5. a MacTilt

6. Jack Bauer

No cheating now.

I don't know how to do the "below the fold" thing, so here are the answers.

1. an accident and emergency case patient (coined after former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff said last year that he had hit his head on a chandelier while shaving. The broken glass severed four tendons and an artery in his right arm, which required immediate surgery.)

2. ecstasy tablet

3. confused and elderly patients who constantly shout and try to get out of bed (taken from the name of the drunken old priest in the sitcom Father Ted)

4. sessions of mutual recrimination wherein a team would try to find someone to blame for an error

5. how a Macmillan nurse tilts his or her head to convey sympathy or understanding to a cancer patient

6. a doctor who is still up and working after 24 hours [Please, only 24 hrs; that doesn't merit a special designation. Talk to me when you've done 36 hrs call every other day.]



At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. I figured a "Jack Bauer" had something to do with torturing patients. Or providers. ;)


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