Thursday, April 21, 2011

Medical Misspellings (that piss me off)

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  1. I consider myself the HIPAA and Ophthalmology police around here. Someone has to fix stuff before it goes up on the Web... :)

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  2. I'm currently a MS-2 and I kid you not ... one of the test questions on our CNS block exam was how to spell ophthalmology. I think they should change the spelling of the word. :)

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  3. Mispronunciation is just the same. My Pulmonary/Critical Care chief routinely mispronounced nuclear and larynx. (NUK-u-lar and LAR-nicks) Drove me nuts.

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  4. I spit my diet coke.

    Not nice! hahahahahahaha

    HIPPA :)

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  5. Ha so true. I took a telephone order once to consult Ophthalmology (just copy/pasted it now :)
    I was a lost soul.

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  6. There was a CMA who worked for a gastroenterology client who consistently wrote down "secum" as a part type. Also, one of our dermatologists uses fronterior instead of anterior.

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  7. I had a nurse last November who wouldn't stop saying that she was going to pull my CVP....

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  8. ::laughs:: The peroneal/perineal is fantastic.

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  9. When I first heard the lecture about the peroneal nerve, I misheard it, and immediately scrawled down in my notes "the ass bones' connected to the leg bone, the leg bone's connected to..."

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  10. I have an affect/effect peeve.
    But speaking of "puss" and "pus": I had an attending who told us never to say that a wound was "puss - y" because, well, how would you spell it. I now never use that word.

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  11. My favourite is ciproflucloxacillin, much beloved by one of our orthopods.

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  12. @Alice: A better word is "purulent." Puss-y is technically correct, but translates poorly in dicated form.

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  13. I guess I forgot heroine/heroin too....

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  14. I am an ophthalmology resident, and the hospital actually spelled our department wrong on our name badges- embarrassing!

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  15. The " who cares" thing about P M and R is funny. I can see your comedstudents saying that.

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  16. Or is that Co-med students? Lol

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  17. My faves:
    instead of "cryo-" they say "cairo" what the heck? "Mr. X needs cairo-therapy" (what, in Egypt?) And i have another colleague that won't stop saying "thats a mute point" when she means moot. But she pronounces it mute. Ugh.

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