Thursday, December 13, 2007

Top 10 Hospital Chart Goofs

Taken from Actual Hospital Charts Entries

Physicians have a lot to do and make the occasional mistake. Besides, unless you have a Ph.D. in deciphering doctors’ handwriting, how are you supposed to know for sure what notes they have entered onto charts?

Anyhow, here are a few gems pulled from various hospital charts, as best as we could make them out, anyhow.

10. She is numb from her toes down.

9. While in E.R., she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

8. Patient’s medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

7. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.

6. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5. The patient refused autopsy.

4. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

3. Skin: somewhat pale but present.

2. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

1. Lab tests indicated abnormal lover function.

(Courtesy of Alex Denes, M.D.)

Quote of the day: “You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription, but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.” Earl Wilson.

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