Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7243 times:
I have a quick question for you.
What does the word "STAT" mean that you always hear on TV shows when someone needs medical attention in a hurry? This acronym is always being used in shows where there's a scene in a hospital.
For example .... some guy could be having a heart attack in an emergency ward, and you'll hear the chief nurse yell out to her team to get her some stuff in a needle "STAT!!!!!" or get her the heart paddles "STAT!!!!", etc, etc.
This word STAT is driving my wife and I nuts when we hear it on these shows. It would be nice to know what it means.
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7230 times:
"Stat" is from the latin word "statim", meaning urgent.
It's useful simply because it's not widely known. Saying "stat" tells colleagues that something is needed urgently, but the patient (or family) doesn't necessarily know. On other occasions, they can say "urgent" which reassures a demanding patient but carries less weight with colleagues.
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, just a cunning linguist. YMMV.
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7141 times:
Thank You all for your replies.
> Bobrayner, cunning linguist or not, Thanks for that detailed info.
I knew the word meant ...... urgency, on the double, as fast as you can, without delay, extreme situation, etc, etc, but I didn't know that it wasn't an acronym. My wife and I have been trying to figure out what the acronym "STAT" stands for. Now, Thanks to you guys, we don't have to rack our brains anymore.
Tonight, I'm going to ask my wife to meet me in our bedroom "STAT"!!!