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A little Monday Humor: Things People Say on Patient Charts

August 31, 2009
Hello everyone! I thought this week could start off with a little humor. I found a list of “Things People Say” on patient charts. It’s actually pretty scary how many things can be written incorrectly…
 
Comments on Doctor’s Charts:
  • “Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.”
  • “On the 2nd day the knee was better and on the 3rd day it disappeared completely.”
  • “The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.”
  • “Discharge status: Alive but without permission.”
  • “Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year-old male, mentally alert but forgetful.”
  • “The patient refused an autopsy.”
  • “The patient has no past history of suicides.”
  • “Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.”
  • “Patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.”
  • “Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.”
See the full list here: http://bit.ly/4lRQx5
 
Common Patients’ Sign-In Complaints:
  • “Diarear.”
  • “Sore trout.”
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