Acronyms

1. NLDOCAT: Subjective findings
Nature – Do you have burning, tingling, shooting or numbness pain?
Location – Can you point with one finger where it hurts?
Duration – Months, weeks days?
Onset – Did this happen gradually or all at once?
Course – Getting better or worse? Radiating to other parts of foot?
Aggravated – What makes it worse? Walking, certain shoes, resting?
Treatment – What have you tried to make it better?

2. IMAHO: Past medical history
Illness – What have you been diagnosed with?
Medication – Current meds you are taking?
Allergies – Allergic to any medicine? Penicillin? Iodine or shellfish? Honey?
Hospitalization
Operations

3. TABLE: Setting up operating room
Tourniquet – Ankle (red) or thigh (purple) cuff?
Anesthesia – Local anesthesia with Lidocaine plain or Bupivacaine?
Bump – Place a pad under thigh or ankle to stabalize foot.
Lights – Set up lights for optimal foot surgery visualization.
EX-ray – Have radiographs ready on computer or printed.

4. FAT CIAZ: Pseudomonas medications
Fortaz
Aminoglycosides (Tobramycin, Gentamicin, Amikacin)
Timentin
Ciprofloxacin
Imipenem
Aztreonam
Zosyn

5. I AM CLOTTTED: Causes for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Immobilization
Arrhythmia
Myocardial Infarction
Congestive Hearth Failure
Long Immobalization
Obesity
Trauma
Tobacco
Thromboembolic
Estrogen
Diabetes

6. ADCVAANDILMAX: Admit patient order sheet
Admit
Diagnosis
Condtion
Vital signs
Allergy
Activity
Nursing
Diet
IV fluids
Labs
Medication
X-ray

7. Xylocaine: where not to use with epinephrine
“Ears, Nose, Hose, Fingers and Toes” may cause local ischemia

8. Gout vs. pseudogout
P seduogout crystals are:
P ositive birefringent
P olygon shaped

Gout therefore is the negative needle shaped crystals.

9. PAD and DAB
Plantar interossei ADduct
Dorsal interossei ABduct

10. Tom, Dick, and A Very Nervous Harry
Tibialis posterior
Flexor Digitorum Longus
PT Artery
PT Vein
Tibial Nerve
Flexor Hallucis Longus

11. DANG THERAPIST: Cause of peripheral neuropathy
Diabetes
Alcoolism
Nutritional
Guillian-Barre
Toxic drug
Hereditary
Endocrine
Recurrent
Amyloid
Pb – lead
Infection
Sarcoidosis
Thyroid


Medicine


12. NAVY: Femoral Triangle Anatomy
(lateral to medial)
Nerve
Artery
Vein
“Y” shape it makes anatomically

13. MS MAID: Anesthesia room check
Monitors (EKG, SpO2, EtCO2)
Suction
Machine check
Airway equipment oral/nasal airway
IV equipment
Drugs (emergency, inductions)

14. FAILURE: CHF causes 
Forgot medication
Arrhythmia/ Anaemia
Ischemia/ Infarction/ Infection
Lifestyle: salty foods, poor excercise
Upregulation of CO
Renal failure
Embolism in pulmonary

15. ABCDEF: Chest X-ray interpretation
Airways hilar adenopathy
Bones rib fractures
Cardiac  enlargement, Costophrenic angles (pleural effusions)
Diaphragm
Edges (pneumothorax, pleural thickening or plaques)
Fields evidence of alveolar filling

16. FOG MACHINES: Benign Bone Tumors
Fibrous displasia
Osteochondroma
Giant Cell tumor
Myeloma
Aneurysmal bone cyst
Chondroblastoma, condromyxoid, fibroma, clear cell
Hemangioma
Infection
Non-ossifying fibroma
Eosinophilic granuloma, enchondroma, epidermoid inclusion cyst
Solitary bone cyst

17. CLGSB: Layers of Epidermis
Californians Like Girl String Bikinis
Stratum Corneum
Stratum Lucidum
Stratum Granulosum
Stratum spinosum
Strastum Basale


SUFFIXES

-PLASTY surgical repair
 -STENOSIS  narrowing
 -SCLEROSIS  hardening
 -LYSIS  destruction
 -PENIA  lack of, decreased
 -TROPHY  development
 -ALGIA  pain
 MEGALY  large
 -GRAM  picture or recording
 -SCOPY  looking into — scope
 -STASIS  staying in place
 BRADY-  slow
 TACHY-  fast