Posted By: hs on 2007-08-15
In Reply to: Let's try this again...sorry sm - Another KSMT
Thank. This helps a lot :)
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And, when I first started out so many years ago our motto was "when in doubt hyphenate" and it was so long ago it had to be incorrect.
My QA only allows 3- to 4-mm effusion. So I don't know what to tell her.
I am a QA specialist and I am starting to see a trend away from hyphenating African-American male/female, etc. Does anyone know if there is a new official rule for this that can be referenced? Just what we need, another change.
We were told not to use hyphens with African-American, Latin-American, etc. any longer.
African-American, 32-year-old, bright-red-blood, any hard and fast rules on these?
It's a simple rule of English concerning compound adjectives. From The New St. Martin's Handbook (of English usage), "Often you will use adjectives made up of word combinations that are not listed in the dictationary. The guiding principle then is to hyphenate most compound adjectives that precede a noun but not those that follow a noun." Thus "5-French catheter" but "upsized to 5 French."
"Non-ill" is not a word. No hyphens necessary here. Change to: Not ill appearing.
Don't know the med, but no hyphens in every other day. nm
Subject: Don't know the med, but no hyphens in every other day. nm
Subject: no hyphens
That is funny because I was taught this by someone that had 15 years experience. I guess we learn all different ways to do things. Thanks for the word help.
post-arthroscopic surgery or post-arthroscopic-surgery? TIA?
The patient is 12 days post-arthroscopic surgery or the patient is 12 days post-arthroscopic-surgery. Thanks again!
Thanks, but I thought "post" in the medical realm is a prefix and should be attached with a hyphen I guess.
This is great! What is it from?
In regards to "hyphens" below, it states words with prefixes such as non, mid, et cetera, do not need a hyphen. Is it still acceptable if my spellchecker redlines the word? For example: midarch or noncontact. These are terms that come up often for me. TIA.
no hyphens necessary...nm
Subject: no hyphens necessary...nm
I agree with Michelle. The rule is that any time there are two adjectives describing a noun or three adjectives describing the noun. Example: She was a super-terrific transcription. LOL.
I would type it like that:
The patient is a 40-week, appropriate for gestational- age female.
Subject: hyphens... sm
I am not completely sure if my version is right, but I am definitely sure that mine is better than that of RockinMT, that looks really weird, 4 hyphens in a row? That can't be right.
And I think that this comment
comes from Cyndiee, or whatever her name is.
Hey all, I just wanted to check on this in the notes that I am editing right now.
I know that "53-year-old" is hyphenated, but is "53 years old."
I am fairly certain that is isn't, but I want to be sure before I correct the note.
Thanks for any help that is offered. I'm still in school so I haven't learned enough yet. :)
hyphens - none
Subject: hyphens - none
Does anyone know of a good place/website to look up hyphenated words .. I get so confused as to when to put a hyphen in or not. I know when it is two adjectives together describing a noun a hyphen goes in but sometimes it's hard to tell .. like in the sentence ... Adjacent soft-tissue swelling is seen and diagnosis of left-deep neck abscess.
Subject: No hyphens.
There would be no hyphens in that example.
Subject: There would be no hyphens in that example.
1 g b.i.d. - no hyphens.
Subject: 1 g b.i.d. - no hyphens.
I would do -
...is well organized
steroid-dependent asthma (hyphenated because it is compound modifier in this case)
white matter infarcts
Maybe this will help. I hate them too.
A 12-year old or a 12-year-old boy.
A 12-year old, a 12-year-old boy or the boy is 12 years old.
Subject: no hyphens
would there be hyphens...
Subject: would there be hyphens...
for well lined up patella. tia.
Radiographs show a well lined up patella.
Would you hyphenate antiosteoporosis? I didn't, but now I'm not sure. Thanks.
I have never seen it with hyphens.
Subject: I have never seen it with hyphens.
I would do it as you did in your examples. I like hyphens! nm
Subject: I would do it as you did in your examples. I like hyphens! nm
hyphens before noun and not after...sm
Subject: hyphens before noun and not after...sm
I think, "A chip-in-the-tip camera was used..." is correct, but I would type "A camera with a chip in the tip was used...." if dictated that way...so it depends on how they say it...hope that helps.
This is how I learned hyphens sm
Subject: This is how I learned hyphens sm
These prefixes do not require the use of a connecting hyphen in compound terms:
Examples - antecubital not ante-cubitalAlso Correct - antithesis, bitemporal, counterproductive, defibrillated, extrapyramidal, infraumbilical, interpersonal, intracranial, microhematuria, midline, nontender, nondistended, nonfocal, nonspecific, noncontributory, noncompliance, nonicteric, nonsmall, overestimate, overweight, preoperative, postoperative, posttraumatic, pseudogout, semicircular, sublingual, superimposed, supramammary, transvaginal, ultraviolet, underweight, weightbearing.
Do use a hyphen with prefixes ending in a or i and a base word beginning with the same letter. Example - anti-inflammatory.
Do use a hyphen when compounded with the prefix self.
Example - self-administered, self-monitored.
For Clarification - Use a hyphen after a prefix if not using a hyphen would change the meaning of the word. Examples - re-cover (to cover again) versus recover (regain)
Post is in that list above so I make it part of the word in most cases unless it should just be a stand-alone word.
Omit the hyphens!
Subject: Omit the hyphens!
Your hyphens are correct.
Subject: Your hyphens are correct.
to 'I hate hyphens'.........s/m
Subject: to 'I hate hyphens'.........s/m
After thinking it over I came to teh decision tht I would say this is the right way..
'The patient is a 40-week, appropriate for gestational age, female infant.'
This is the version that makes most sense.
Subject: proper hyphens
What is the proper hyphen usage in non insulin depedent diabetic? Non-insulin-dependent, noninsulin-dependent ???
Thanks in advance
Hyphens with ages
Anyone know the rule on this one:
Two children, a 12 year old and a 14 year old.
Hyphens or no Hyphens?
no hyphens (carpometacarpals)
Subject: no hyphens (carpometacarpals)
Only hyphens if it said 1/2-pack-per-day
Subject: Only hyphens if it said 1/2-pack-per-day
I also say no hyphens, as it is standing alone.
Subject: I also say no hyphens, as it is standing alone.
He is a 1/2-pack-per-day smoker,
then hyphens, because compound adjective.
My Stedman's has no hyphens.
Subject: My Stedman's has no hyphens.
small message regarding hyphens....
Subject: small message regarding hyphens....
garden variety gram positive bacteria and may represent methicillin resistant staph aureus that would not be sensitive to the Keflex.
I would hyphenate gram-positive and also methicillin-resistant staph aureus..........
just my 2 cents worth......
The current trend seems to be to do away with hyphens when possible
Subject: The current trend seems to be to do away with hyphens when possible
That doesn't make it correct, but that's what I've been told to do on several accounts, including the last time I worked in-house.
You'd only use hyphens if it modified, like in every-other-day dosing.
Subject: You'd only use hyphens if it modified, like in every-other-day dosing.
I think the hyphens and wording are fine. nm
Subject: I think the hyphens and wording are fine. nm