"It's not a code blue, either! It's a cardiopulmonary arrest!"
I had a nurse educator in emerg like that. It stuck though, I still cannot use the term 'lasix'.
that's not just in medicine. we have people in research that do the same thing. a lot of them do it to kill extra seconds during seminar, snoooooore
!! Haha, this is a massive pet peeve of mine. Doctors SHOULD be using generic names of medicine. You don't learn them if you don't use them! (When a patient is arresting, I'd probably let you get away with it...maybe ;) )
KT: I would argue the opposite. You can often figure out what a medication does by the way the generic name is (e.g. anything ending in "statin" is a chol med), but no way to do with the brand names... which are more commonly used and known by patients anyway. Not memorizing brand names will likely result in looking dumb in front of a patient.
When I did a rotation in the ICU in Austrailia back in med school, the docs there all made fun of us for using brand names. They also ripped on us for saying STAT all the time.
Talk about a backfire...just look at these comments!
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Hey, my vet used the word "acepromazine" when he prescribed my dog an anti-emetic. From the name I was able to figure out it was a typical antipsychotic. Woohoo!
Ugh. I just can't stand hearing people mispronounce the names over and over. If I hear "Phenergren" or "Risperadal" one more time my head might explode.