Having existed in the medical world for a quarter of a century and suffering from lack to remember important things I get confuse with all the abbreviations.

Everything is abbreviated.

eg: Pt has hx of DM, CAD, HTN, PT s/p CABG 9/6/05 he was seen in ER c/o tightness in chest. HR Tachy his EKG abn,, admit to CCU , PT left AMA.

Now to add on top of that everyday stuff is abbreviated

eg: IMHO you should RTM, LOL ITSFWI, WIBAMU.


Have we gotten so lazy that we cannot actually say the words or much less spell them?

Can you imagine way in the future someone finds a hard copy of a letter or chart and tries to interpet what it means. The Rosetta Stone will be of no help.