Wednesday, August 12, 2009
1. Last week I was examining an older patient. When I tested the range of motion in his knee I noted some crackling and noted that he had "crepitus" in the knee.
"Why do you call it that?" he fired back. "Does that mean I'm decrepit?"
2. Reviewing notes from urgent care today, I saw that the medical assistant had listed the patient's chief complaint as a "staff infection." She had a boil which was likely staph, all right, but I could not help thinking that an infection of the entire office staff would indeed be something to complain about.