Despite our best efforts to ensure appropriate care for patients, we often find ourselves distracted on rounds by the sometimes bewildering array of jargon during bedside presentations. Why does our team want to “sprinkle” or “hit” the patient with diuretics? Do our patients have the capacity to “fly” off the ventilator or “throw” PVCs (premature ventricular contractions)? Is there a reason we frequently refer to the culinary arts and acts of violence in our discussions of patient care?
Luks AM, Goldberger ZD. Watch Your Language!—Misusage and Neologisms in Clinical Communication. JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(1):5–6. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.5679
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