The controversial abbreviations for hospitals and clinics were changed several years ago. Unless the service is hospital based, JCAHO probably will have little to say about what EMS does. Unfortunately, some of the abbreviations used are only known to EMS and their meanings are not passed on to the hospital. Some also believe that being EMS they are vastly different so the abbreviations are different but yes, many complain when no one reads what they write.I'm wondering when medical directors and such are going to start yanking all the abbreviations that JACHO has banned in the last few years. After all, our paperwork is being kept as part of the patients hospital record.
Hehe, that's why I laughed at everyone at my old company that would use D/S for "draw sheet." See, D/S was on the official list of acronyms. It was just on there as dextrose-stick, not draw sheet.No short cuts unless on approved list for your service and the hospitals you transport to. Otherwise spell it out to avoid harm to patients.
PE: is physical exam
A few years ago, a female friend of mine, in the middle of a discussion of her career, suddenly proclaimed that she was going for her PE next week. I was more than a little dumfounded that she would be telling me about her upcoming pelvic exam, so I chuckled nervously and replied, "Uhhh... thanks for sharing. I guess."or Physical Education
or Pulmonary Edema
or Pulmonary Emboli
or or or or...