This may be a British thing and if it is, I apologise if I offend any of my American readers.
Have you every been watching a TV medical drama show and silently cringed to yourself when you hear a paramedic, doctor or nurse say something that you think you would never in a month of Sundays actually come out with? Dont get me wrong, I loooove E.R and Greys Anatomy and have watched every one from episode 1.
I was thinking about this the other day and started trying to think of what I have heard and what I would say in its place in real life. Lets have a look and discuss further…
I know this means quick, or straight away, but what does it actually mean?What is the full length word that it is derived from? If I need something quickly, I say
“quick, pass me the…..” or “just give it quickly”
I know it doesn’t sound quite so exciting, but I think I would get laughed out my local A&Es if I went in and handed over a patient saying that I had given him 50mg Furosemide, Stat!
Were Losing Him!
This is an easy one. I normally use words full of profanity in place of this, all of which I cannot repeat here just in case my mam every reads my blog, but im sure I can leave it up to your imagination.
“I am not going to let you die!”
This is normally said in a loud voice, accompanied by a stirring soundtrack and jumping up and down on someones chest whilst wiping tears away from your eyes. In reality, at this point I am usually a little bit too busy for the amateur dramatics stuff and am just concentrating on actually trying to not “let him die”
“Im going in”
Replace this sentance with…
“Requesting Police (or Fire & Rescue) to attend scene, standing back until their arrival”
Safety first people! However, I have never been in a situation where I have had to consider doing something that may potentially endanger my own life to save someone elses. I really dont know what I would do, and guess I will have to find out when or if it ever happens. I will let you know when it happens (if I survive).
“Just another day saving lives”
Now this is one that I actually do say, but it is said with my tongue firmly in my cheek. It would be nice to have another day saving lives. I would settle for one every now and then, but truth be told we are lucky to get a day with more than a couple of cases which actually require ambulance attendance, never mind life saving interventions.
Do you have any other phrases that make you cringe?
Let me know.