dsmith123 saidIt's probably a side effect of Twitter and the increased use of texting as modes of communication. Here's an article from PCWorld.
Acronyms are used in medicine all the time for procedures, diagnoses, etc. One of the classic ones is SOB, standing for the symptom "shortness of breath." Understandably, some patients may get offended when they see this written in their chart or they overhear a clinician referring to them as the SOB patient.
That is hilarious! The first thing that came to my mind was Son of a Bitch.
Yes, exactly. Although it's not a national policy, some hospitals have asked their staff to not use SOB anymore and instead write it out.
The internet short hand (alphanumeric mumbo jumbo) is quite confusing. Here's an example from a hospital discharge summary written by a colleague: "Pt admitted for DOE 2/2 PE per CTA... DC on coumadin 2.5 mg PO qd č CC fu in 3d. CFA...," which stands for "patient admitted for dyspnea on exertion secondary to pulmonary embolism per CT angiogram... discharged on coumadin 2.5 mg daily by mouth with coumadin clinic follow-up in 3 days. Call for appointment..." Luckily she writes clearly. The increased use of electronic medical records will help to prevent errors based on this short-hand, which is usually standard but sometimes specific to the hospital or department.