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The Emergency Word "STAT", What's It Mean?  
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6793 times:

Hello.

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.

Thanks for any help.

Chris  Smile




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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6780 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.



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6777 times:
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It means NOW! do it NOW!


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6775 times:

They say it on TV alot just to make the actors and actresses feel important. I bet George Clooney doesn't even know what STAT!!! means.

User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6769 times:

Hi guys.

OK, so it's not an acronym (it's no wonder I figure it out). It from a latin word that means URGENT! Or as Mirrodie explained it .... do it NOW! Big grin

> BR715-A1-30, I couldn't agree with you more!


Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6762 times:

My wife is an ER doctor. So, she's really used to using this word. Sometimes, she'll tell me something: "I need the butter, STAT!"

Cool it baby, cool it! This ain't no ER here...  Smokin cool



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6750 times:

I use "stat" a lot and Im not even remotely connected to the medical profession...

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User currently offlineCovert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6738 times:

As an EMT, that world is familiar. It is reserved for use in a manner similar to "Mayday" in aviation, being when that word is heard, action must be taken.

covert



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6691 times:

Hi guys.

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"!!! Big grin


Chris  Smile




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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6659 times:

Tonight, I'm going to ask my wife to meet me in our bedroom "STAT"!!!

Why wait until the night. Da**it Chris, get her in there STAT!!!!!


User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6650 times:

I wonder why "STAT" never found its way into the cockpit? "Gimme 20 flap....STAT!" "Air Canada 179, turn heading one three zero degrees...STAT!"

ATC likes to use "NOW" or "EXPEDITE"...but never "STAT!".

 Smile

[Edited 2003-12-12 04:37:55]

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

I think because of it's popularity in TV shows the word is starting to fall out of favor.




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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6589 times:

I've never used it or heard it used at work...I think we'd all sound and feel stupid for saying it. Instead of 'stat' we just use 'NOW!' Seems to get the point across.


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User currently offlineAv8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6565 times:

hrm...
I have never used Stat in EMS... Usually "now" or "i need that right away" works. But then again EMS companies may do it differently than fire departments.


User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6558 times:

Using the term "stat" outside of the medical profesion is really gay.


Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6558 times:

Hello.

OK, so now I know what it means (latin background) and that some people use it a lot and some never use it at all.

It does sound like it's a term heard mostly on a TV show.

> BR715-A1-30, she heard a comment followed by the barking command "STAT!!!" the second she walked through the door! Big grin It helps that we're both Scorpios.


Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6535 times:

stat = immediatly.


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User currently offlineAZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

Using the term "stat" outside of the medical profesion is really gay.

As well as within the profession, IMO.



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