PGY 1 abuse of “STAT”

  1. I work in the ER and always have patients saying things like “why is my CT/Blood work taking so long to obtain/result it was ordered STAT.” Well the thing is that 99% of things in the ER are ordered STAT so it doesn’t really mean anything. Anything that isn’t a scheduled med/lab is automatically entered in as stat.

  2. I always love explaing to pts that certain tests can also take a few hours to come back. They're like "oh my god why so long I wanna be out of here!" and I'm like... "you're admitted, where are you going?"

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