A beautiful morning. A student doctor (third year) and a consultant stood in front of the elevator, with different experience of few decades.
Me: Good morning, Dato'!
Dato' S: Good morning.
-An awkward silence....-
Me: (trying to break the silence) How are you, Dato'?
Dato' S: I'm about to ask you the question.
Me: I'm doing fine, Dato'. (elevator opened)
Dato' S: Which rotation you're in?
Me: Surgery, Dato'.
-Both entered elevator-
Dato' S: What do you have, today?
Me: CP, Dato'.
Dato' S: What is CP? (ding!)
Me: Err, case presentation.
Dato' S: Who taught you word 'CP'?
Me: My colleague.
Dato' S: Don't use the abbreviation. CP can mean cerebral palsy. (ding ding!)
"Don't expect everyone can understand your abbreviation." -Prof Y
In medicine, many abbreviations have few meanings. For example:-
1. PID: prolapsed intervertebral disc // pelvic inflammatory disease
2. RA: rheumatoid arthritis // retrograde amnesia
3. CBD: continuous bladder drainage // common bile duct
Different doctors can use the same abbreviation but mean a different thing. Unless you're sure the other doctor can understand your abbreviation, do not use one.
One thing i learn today.