The other day, I was asked to write the admission orders for a sick patient for the very first time. Every doctor I have seen has taken different approaches towards writing these notes. For me, the two acronyms below has worked well for me and covers most issues that needs to be addressed when admitting.
Under the medication orders, I use the following acronym: BE SAD PP
Idiopathic: Hypertensive sphincter or microlithiasis
Tumours: Pancreas. Ampulla. Choledochocele
Autoimmune: SLE. Polyarteritis nodosa. Crohn’s
Surgery or trauma
Emboli or ischemia
Drugs or toxins
A new mnemonic tool we learned today for assessing suicide risk is SAD PERSONS by Patterson et al.:
A clinician quickly pointed out that while this is an excellent framework, the focus should always be on the patient and assessing them holistically. Other subtle factors from their general responses and appearances can also give us an idea of suicide risk in these situations. In addition, while points are assigned equally among these factors, it would be intuitive to believe that some factors, such as having an organized plan would be weighted more heavily in the assessment than others. What good suicide risk assessment eventually boils down to as the clinician summarizes, is experience.
An acronym for the layers in your scalp is amusingly, SCALP:
Well that is one less thing to worry about I guess. Next concept!
A short acronym shared by my classmate on how to quickly generate some causes of altered mental status:
A diagnostic criteria for SLE is to fulfill at least four of the following eleven letters that make up the mnemonic “SOAP BRAIN MD”:
That is a lot of ground to cover. Are you sure it is not lupus, House?
In remembering the origin and direction of insertion of the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments of the knee:
Anterior cruciate ligament begins in the intercondylar area of the tibia and runs Posteriorly, inserting into the EXternal (lateral) condyle of the femur. APEX
Posterior cruciate ligament begins in the intercondylar area of the tibia and runs Anteriorly, inserting into the INternal (medial) condyle of the femur. PAIN
The clinical features of multiple myeloma include:
A low mean corpuscular volume is a sign of microcytosis. When coupled with signs of reduced blood point to a microcytic anemia. Potential causes include:
Ranking the order of a normal differential count for white blood cells: