October 10 – Emergency Nurses Day

Because 24 hours isn’t enough, the Emergency Nurses Association is proud to announce that we have officially extended Emergency Nurses Day® on October 10, 2001 to an entire week-October 7 – 13, 2001.


To: All EMS Personnel

From: Chief of Operations

Subject: Proper Narrative Descriptions

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 as suffering from MUH (messed up heart), PBS (pretty bad shape), PCL (pre-code looking) or HIBGIA (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 sh*t), FDGB (fall down, go boom), TBC (total body crunch) or hamburger helper. Similarly, descriptions of a car crash do not have to include phrases like negative vehicle to vehicle interface or 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 gifted.
Gunshot wounds to the head are not trans-occipital implants.
The homeless are not urban outdoorsmen, nor is endotracheal intubation referred to as a PVC Challenge.
And finally, do not refer to recently deceased persons as being paws up, ART (assuming room temperature), CC (Cancel Christmas), CTD (circling the drain), DRT (dead right there) or NLPR (no long playing records).

I know you will all join me in respecting the cultural diversity of our patients to include their medical orientations in creating proper narratives and log entries.

Sandy (AKA Ms Sam)

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