Holiday blues setting in? Get back in the pink with our slide show of chart bloopers, MD one-liners, and other quasi-clinical fun. Ho Ho Ho!
Laughter is significantly superior to many other remedies for human ills and is available, without an Rx, 24/7/365. And who can't use a bit of levity during the holidays?
Patient Care editors still believe laughter is good medicine for you as well as your patients, so take a short break from 2020 and enjoy this collection of chart bloopers, one-liners, transcription errors, and a little stand-up culled expressly for your edification and holiday amusement.
Older people shouldn’t eat health food. They need all the preservatives they can get. [Robert Orben] My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel 10 years older already. [Milton Berle] Food is an important part of a balanced diet. [Fran Lebowitz]
Telling signs on office doors: Maternity: “Push. Push. Push.” Endoscopy: “To expedite your visit, please back in.” Optometry: “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.” Gynecology: “Dr. Jones, at your cervix.” Podiatry: “Time wounds all heels.”
Slightly doctored consultations: Doctor: Nurse, how is that little boy doing, the one who swallowed 10 quarters? Nurse: No change yet. Patient: My hair keeps falling out. What can you give me to keep it in? Doctor: A shoebox. Patient: Doctor, if I give up wine, women, and song, will I live longer? Doctor: Not really. It will just seem longer. Patient: Doctor, what should I do if my temperature goes up a point or more? Doctor: Sell! Why did the guru refuse Novocaine when he went to his dentist? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
Actual notes doctors have written on patients’ medical charts: Patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40-lb weight gain in the past 3 days. While in the emergency room, she was examined, X-rated, and sent home. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities. She is numb from her toes down. Discharge status: Alive but without permission.
The CEO of a large HMO dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter shows him to a lovely villa, wonderful music, great views, full staff of servants, gourmet meals, etc. The CEO says, "This is terrific!" "Don't get too comfortable," says St. Peter. "You're only approved for a three-day stay."
Comedian Steven Wright weighs in with some semi-clinical wit and wisdom:
• The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
• Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.
• I had some eyeglasses. I was walking down the street when suddenly the prescription ran out.
• The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.
• All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.
And, speaking of medicine: Minor surgery is an operation performed on somebody else.--Anonymous. According to hospital insurance codes, there are 9 different ways you can be injured by turtles.-Wall Street Journal I become faint and nauseous during even very minor medical procedures, such as making an appointment by phone.-Dave Barry I went to the doctor and he said I had acute appendicitis, and I said compared to who?-Jay London
Doctors operate on their own terms: Idioms particular to the medical profession: Botulism: a tendency to make mistakes Intestine: currently taking an exam Cardiology: Advanced study of card playing Inpatient: tired of waiting. Rectum: Damn near killed ‘em Cat scan: searching for kitty. Pathological: a reasonable way to go.
Testy transcriptions: Dictated: using a beta blocker for rate control. Transcribed: using a beta blocker for weight control. Dictated: outcome was a baby weighing 4.010 kg. Transcribed: outcome was a baby weighing 4010 kg. Dictated: rapid strep. Transcribed: rabbit strep. Dictated: patient had large expulsive bowel movements. Transcribed: patient had large explosive bowel movements. Dictated: testes are descended. Transcribed: testes are distended
Post-millennial child development milestones:
4 yrs: Can hit “like”
5 yrs: Can write nonsense words in comment box
6 yrs: Can post comments
7 yrs: Can post status
8 yrs: Can tag friends
9 yrs: Can upload pictures
10 yrs: Starting to use foul words in comments
11 yrs: Could achieve 5000K friends
12 yrs: Can “Share” this post.
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