Seth Trueger, MD @MDaware
Emergency physician & health policy fellow in DC. Interests include payment reform, crowding, airway, critical care.
Matt Pirotte, MD
Emergency physician in Chicago. Interests include all things ED critical care, including procedures and vascular access.
Etymology for the uninitiated
The term "MD aware" is used in clinical medicine to relay that a physician has been notified of some sort of information. For example, after noting a change in status or a new lab or vital sign value, the nurse tells the doctor and document "finger stick 37, MD aware" to record that the doctor has been told.
All too frequently, nurses are compelled -- mostly by institutional guidelines -- to notify physicians of minor status changes, or lab alert values that have little to no clinical relevance; in this instance, many physicians will indicate both their receipt of the new (but unimportant) information, as well as acknowledge the perfunctory nature of the exchange by responding "MD aware." For example, "I hate to bother you, but the patient's finger stick is 131" (technically elevated but -- particularly in the ED -- clinically irrelevant) "Thanks, MD aware."
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