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You never know what you will have to look up in this job

 
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You never know what you will have to look up in this job
by Janine Ti - Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 7:45 PM
 

When the orthopedist whose note I was editing said "he was doing karaokes in a circle at karate" when the patient first felt the pain in his calf, I knew he couldn't really mean karaoke.

After some searching of karate terms, I found that he probably meant keri komis, a kicking move which would make sense under the circumstances.  While finding medical terms, drug names and dosages, physician's names, and names of hospitals are 99% of the searches I do, I sometimes find myself having to do searches for things that have nothing to do with healthcare.

So be prepared to use those excellent search skills you develop as a student in ways you might never expect! 

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Re: You never know what you will have to look up in this job
by Debbie Eg, CPC-A - Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 12:55 PM
 

Could it have been Carioca?  I work for a physical therapist an he dictated what sounded like "karaoke."  I found Carioca exercises when I went searching for answers....

 

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Re: You never know what you will have to look up in this job
by Janine Ti - Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 2:50 PM
 

I wouldn't really think it would be Carioca, since it is not something associated with karate.  I think he just heard it wrong when the patient said it or it came out wrong when he attempted to say it himself.  Plus, you wouldn't say "Cariocas," you would probably say "He was doing Carioca in a circle." Keri komis makes much more sense. 

Linda Andrews, Director
Re: You never know what you will have to look up in this job
by Linda Andrews - Friday, 7 June 2013, 7:21 AM
 

That is such a great point, Janine! We really have to keep an open mind as we hear the dictation. I remember once torturing myself on a report. I was working from home and played the word out loud on the speakers instead of my headset. My husband walked by and said, "Apple. He's saying apple."  I was really annoyed that he got it and I didn't. I was expecting a MEDICAL TERM!  :)

Years ago people started seeing "Pilates" in reports and most people had never heard of that. It caused some problems. Can you imagine how that one was misspelled. It could be plates, plots, but usually got written as Pilot or Pilate.

People can be injured with construction equipment or materials. There are even some unusual car brands that have been referenced in medical reports before.