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Medic Speak is C.T.D

In hospitals and doctors’ surgeries everywhere medics have always used a secret shorthand language to communicate important information quickly to their colleagues without alarming patients and relatives, such as H.I. (head injury) sustained in R.T.A (road traffic accident) no L.O.C (loss of consciousness). Or more seriously: D.O.A (dead on arrival). Or D.N.R (do not resuscitate).

Different hospitals have their own local languages: a trolley in Manchester becomes a stretcher in London and a gurney in Chicago. A cardiac arrest in Bolton is a ‘suspended’ in London etc.

Doctors, irritated by abusive, time-wasting patients, have also invented a series  of acronyms to describe them – U.B.I (unexplained beer injury), L.O.B.N.H (lights on but nobody home) F.L.K (funny looking kid), or rather more kindly GLM (good looking mum). But according to Dr Adam Fox the practice is dying out (perhaps due to the number of doctors who’ve had to explain the acronyms in a court of law). Read more on BBC News.




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