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All; heavy dependence on single words and phrases/standard sentences of all lengths. SM

Posted By: MissIndigo on 2008-04-14
In Reply to: Some single words, but mostly 2-3 word phrases. - San Francisco

Like San Francisco does, they can be used with any account/any dictator, which is extremely important. Just entering mostly whole reports and sections makes one dependent on that account/that employer and back to square one when it's time to take on a new account or even a new dictator.

I also have dozens and dozens of headers, bolded, unbolded, capped, lower case, etc., in various forms of each, like "Indications" "Indication," "Indications for Procedure," "Indications for Surgery," and so on and on and on.

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Having IT provide phrases, sentences is its best advantage. Two words together.
But one word? By the time it arrives in the layout screen, you have typed all but the last letter.

claudicatio - semicolon

of the - bracket

I miss Word's auto correct boohoo
Some single words, but mostly 2-3 word phrases.
I have a few full sentences, too, but with so many different doctors, I tend to stick to the more commonly used short phrases, and build sentences & paragraphs from those.
You can add phrases to single word glossary in IT (SM)
When you insert the medication and other information, hit tab and then, backspace to the first letter. It will ask you "are you sure? and just hit return and it will accept it.

I have many two and three word phrases in my single word glossary list. There is a web site for IT users which you can Google for; it is easy to find - forum style.
I proof as I go. I read my words and sentences as I go....SM
Never received anything less than a 99% on my regular QA reviews and usually have a 99.8, 99.9, or 100%.
words and phrases
I currently only use the auto correct feature in Word.  So my Expanders are mostly 2-3 word phrases and a few longer words like hypertension, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal, etc. 
Words and phrases advisories


Any time you give a word or phrase a dedicated short form (meaning a short form consisting of 2 or more letters) it automatically goes into the Phrases Advisory.

An entry with only one letter for a short form automatically goes into the Words Advisory.


Favorite words/phrases
And then there's the psychiatrist who ends every sentence with "you know." Well, I sure do now.
Maximize your expander with phrases rather than words.
Check out every productivity board that you can for more tips and tricks. Even after 8 years I've increased my speed with productivity tips.
Words and Phrases in Instant Text
The reason why you have a Phrase advisory different from the Word advisory in Instant Text is because these two advisories work differently.
The Phrase advisory works more like a traditional expander: you have a short form (abcz or tp) and it expands what you defined for it whether it is a word or a phrase.
The Word advisory works like a wild card search. There are no dedicated short forms. You type the first letter and any letter that is in the word like cardpu or cdpu for cardiopulmonary.

If you want the words to be in the Phrase advisory without having them cluttering your phrase selection you may want to follow sm's suggestion and create a glossary where the short forms are identical to the words themselves. They would then all be in the Phrase section, but as an included glossary these words would show up at the bottom of the phrases of your base glossary assuming it is a standard IT glossary (no words in the Phrase section).

If you need help, please contact tech support at Textware Solutions and we will be happy to guide you.

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Words, phrases, chunks of text ... sm
If a word has 5 letters or more and I use it more than once a month, I make it an expansion. Albeit, only do 1-2 a day this way but I don't have to add to my expansions daily now as I've done this for years and it is built up. Examples: Use fuv for follow up as a verb. Use fun for followup as a noun/adjective. Use a k in front of all drugs so kt is Tylenol, ka is aspirin, kprv is Pravachol.

Phrases -- do all kinds of combinations as you use them. Example: Use tpw for the patient was. Use mgr for murmurs, gallops or rubs.

Chunks of text -- not quite a whole standard but more than just a phrase, e.g., sentences. Example: Use nka for no known allergies but nkah for ALLERGIES: No known allergies.

Abbrevs/Acronyms -- Let your Expander do the all cap work for you and use an x to show expanded versions. Example: Use copd for COPD but use copdx for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

You should be able to skip along with the dictator just using expansions with occasionally typing whole words.

Do you use expansions for common English words and phrases too? sm
I have read that something like 80% of sentences can be formed using the same 200 most commonly used words of the English language.

Think of common English phrases that you can add to your expansion software that you use quite often in MT reports such as "he has no significant" or "there are no significant" or "there was no significant," etc. :)

*This link leads to a listing of the 500 most commonly used words in the English language:

*And here is a listing of the top 100 English verbs:

Think I found it: ortho/neuro words & phrases by ..
Health Professions Institute. Found it on a book site. The 1994 edition got a good review. The 2000 edition got a bad one. Anyone?
HPI General Surgery/GI Words and Phrases shows lower case also. nm
It is also standard not to type out liters, in other words 6 L nm
Single words on the phrase side
I watch and expand from the phrase side as much as possible so I'm mainly hitting one marker key. I have a separate glossary for single words that uses the entire word for the short form, then I include that glossary second in line so it does not interfere with my phrases.
Lots of 'em, but use a Lab Words, Sted's Ortho/Rehab Words, & Tessier's Surgical Words most
Common phrases. LOTS of common phrases, just like ops. SM

pser = the patient was seen in the emergency room

wwd= the wound was dressed

Just two tiny examples. People need to learn to use their Expander programs. I'd be making like $10 per hour without mine. I also work in a job where I do the work type I do best. That's very important. I would imagine (don't know for sure) that H&Ps and DSs have the most lines (I work on a gross line count) but you have to think more, look up more, and type more to get those lines.

I have everything magicked in there. That's the way I like it, that's the only way I will work.


would it be better to take out one of the (many) in these two sentences?

She advised me that for many, many years she had a tea and toast diet with a very poor protein intake, and admitted to not having consumed milk for many, many years. She also had the habit, as do many patients with osteoporosis, by lying down a great deal during the day to coop with her back pain before finally seeking medical attention.

spacing after sentences

Does everyone space once after the end of a sentence now?  My daughter takes keyboarding in high school and I just realized they are not taught to double space after the end of a sentence.  Should I then change to single spacing after the end of a sentence? 

Anyone use only 1 space after sentences?
This is new to me on one of my jobs.  I have always typed 2 spaces after sentences for 25 years.  Going to be hard to break this habit now.
You have said in a couple of sentences SM
what I have felt about this field for years now--it is next to impossible to deal in a normal way with most MTs--they have warped personalities and have no concept of how to act in everyday social situations. 
You'll need a lab words book and maybe the Derm and Immunology Words..nm
How about constructing some proper sentences?
The account I do VR on is verbatim so can't fix sentences. nm
I stick with 2 spaces between sentences - it
and easier for ME to proofread, which results in a more accurate record.

BOS is just a money-making scheme for whoever wrote it. Nothing more.
Well, some accounts call for complete sentences for all. sm

Other accounts call for no abbreviations, spell out everything.  So, if the account specifics call for it, the MT is to do it.  It is not always the MT or MTSO. 


Ya know, some hospitals/accounts want fragmented sentences...sm
Some look at it as a technical document and fragments are okay with them.

Just saying.......
I misworded one of my sentences and left another word out. Please sm ...
I WROTE: "I have been told by former employers that I am well above average and deserve to make more than what I'm making especially if it's obtainable."

What I meant to say was this.."I have been told by former employers and QA that I am well above average. Therefore, I feel will my skill level and experience that I deserve to make more than what I'm currently making, especially if its negotiable."

I was in a huge hurry. I hope I cleared that up. Thanks!

You have obviously never been heavy.
It is not a matter of LETTING yourself get fat. Some people are overweight because of genetics, some because of over eating. You remind me of my ex-husband, who has never been heavy in his life -very narrow minded. Keep that attitude about it and as punishment it will catch up with you. There are far better words to use rather than FAT.
1 or 2 spaces @ end of sentences? I have Instant Text put in 2, but I have noticed
that after I upload them to the co. I work for, the extra space is being removed.  Do you think that that one little space at the end of each sentence would amount to a hill of beans over the course of a week?  Just curious what you think.  And before you ask, no this was not disclosed to me before I started working here, however, I made the grave error before being hired of only asking how many characters per line and if spaces were included. 
MQ sure is top-heavy isn't it? Wonder if that's where are raises are
and why they have to put them on-hold for awhile?
I'm trying heavy towels next sm
for my bedroom windows. Seven clips for each towel, two towels per window so no cutting and costs 36.00 for 3 windows.  Walmart wanted 20.00 a set for one window and I would have to cut and re-hem them.  Hey, I figured if they didn't look right I wouldn't be out anything since I could use them for baths and wouldn't need to return them.  Anything to keep out the drafts.  I think it looks fine.  Of course my son told me I was a redneck cheapskate, so I told him if he didn't like it that he could finance the purchase of "real curtains" himself.  He decided they were fine.LOL
Be careful. If you were a heavy
PRD user, you will be disappointed with Autocorrect. Also, Autocorrect is not a stable program and may crash if you go over 12000 terms in it.
One embellished sentences, another did 200 reports and had 70 kicked back with errors.
Tools>AutoCorrectOptions>Uncheck 'Cap 1st letter of sentences' box. (nm)
I have heard of a program for Shorthand that has 90% of all sentences a doctor could use, does anybo
Nope...not top heavy at all, pudgy!
1500 managers/execs at the top
8600+ MTs on the bottom

I'd say they need to lose a few pudgy MTs from the bottom! LMAO
Is this the one with a heavy "suthern" drawl?
Is anyone out there that is heavy truly comfortable with their body? sm

I have had a struggle with weight my entire life. As we speak now I am on Weight Watchers.  I don't want to be model thin because I know that is never happening and some people aren't made to be that way.  I am tall, an inch from being 6'.  Before when I look at pictures I am thinking "Hey, I was not so bad.  I DID carry my weight well."  But during those times I thought I was horrible.  Now, just topped the scale to 300 and I am scared to death!  In the past year, since working from home and being depressed, I have put on an easily 50 lbs.  I weigh more than I weighed with being 9 months pregnant with my son. 

Anyway, I know for my health I need to get my weight down.  But the question is - if you are heavy, how do you feel good about yourself and your body, enough to let that stress go so you can focus on other things in life?  This consumes my every thought.  Sometimes I think I need to see a psychiatrist to get this matter resolved. 

I pray daily and ask God to help.  I feel if I can learn to have a better self image of myself that I CAN conquer this goal and lose the weight.

Tips please....I don't look at other heavy women as ugly and fat.  A lot of people I couldn't imagine being thin, yet they look great!  I just wish I could picture myself that way. 

BTW - in the almost 6 years my husband and I have been married, he has NEVER seen my naked, even when I wasn't so heavy.  It is always "give me the covers, turn out the lights" and never intimate without clothes on.  I want real intimacy.  I want to feel good about myself. How do I achieve this while in the process of losing weight?

Kirby is heavy to lug up stairs though -nm
I can understand that. Especially if you are heavy chested. Your
I think CTS in a transcription setting usually has to do with poor posture of the wrists and hands. Bending the wrists is a baaadddd idea. The heavier the chest/belly (believe me, I know, it's why I have a split keyboard, lol) the more difficult to get the hands centered in front of you to type, which usually causes unnatural positioning.

I can understand all of that reasoning.
Average 8-9 on heavy days.

Tuesday is my biggest day and it is a 9 hour day that includes an hour for pick-up and deliveries.  But that is with 5 doctors, and two do heavy consults/letters/ops from Monday.  I usually get abut 200 to 250 minutes and it takes me about 8 hours to do it.  But I do in shifts, 10 to 1, off for an hour for lunch/walk then 2 to 5 and then 7 to 9 or else get up at 5 in the morning to finish and print and delivery at 9.   Monday can be the same depending on that they "catch up on over the weekend". But Wed/Thurs is 6 hours and Friday or if I chose to do on Sunday is only 4.  Again my accounts have been with me for 5 to 18 years --oops just had one start last November but they are pretty good dictators and I can just move right along.  But I do take frequent breaks and am able to work the hours that are the most productive for my body which does include usually early morning hours -- 5 to 8.  But that is me and that is the advantage of having my own accounts.  

vacuuming - either the vacuums are too heavy or they don't pick up anything....nm
You can use salt in your carpets. Sprinkle it on heavy

use your broom to work it in and leave overnight and then vacuum like heck the next couple of days.  My mom would put her vacuum cleaner bag in the microwave to kill the fleas cause they can get out and changing bags every time gets expensive.  The salt dehydrates the fleas.   You can bathe dogs in tea tree oil, though I warm you it is a strong smell for days.  I read recently you could put a few days on their collar, but again this is very strong and I couldn't tolerate it.  I haven't tried it, but boil 2 lemons, let cool, and then refrigerate.  Use it as a spray every other day, being careful to keep out of eyes and other sensitive areas.

You should also wash all bedding in hot water if you don't ready and this will kill any fleas in the bedding, but is a good idea to do anyway. 

There many options available through your vet if this doesn't work.

Fleas seem to be bad this year.  We adopted kittens from the shelter and we've had a difficult time getting rid of them.  We are using a pill, plus a topical; both from the vet, and still have them, just a few of them, but enough to drive the animals bonkers.  


probably heavy rains and strong winds
Your about the distance from the coast as I was in MS with Katrina and there was damage as far as 300 miles into MS..
Filipino and actually heavy Italian. Uggghhh.
I am heavy by society's terms. I weigh
about 210 and am 5'6" tall. Every single female in my family tree for generations had the exact same body habitus. We are all German with big bone structures. I cannot lose weight - period. Been there, tried and done that save for gastric surgery. It is genetic in my case. Seriously, it really can be. I am totally comfortable with my body and how I look - I even love clothes, shoes, jewelry, until....I have to go to the doctors for anything - a hang nail, and its because I'm -- OBESE -- you name it, a cough - its because of that. And THAT makes me MAD!  My cholesterol is normal, I don't have high BP and am 50. I am what I am what I am, and am happy with it until the med profession makes me feel like pond scum. All my relatives also lived into their 80s and 90s, the old healthy as a horse body types. I am super strong and in shape. I guess you get the picture. I have no arthritis, either, or any of the normal problems of mid life. I also drink milk - I LOVE MILK. I would probably lose 10 pounds max if I eliminated milk, but then I feel sick and run down. Its been a long time until I did get happy and satisfied with my body structure, but I still honestly hate doctors for their bias. And sometimes it is bias.
I dont think so that this has heavy virus site
Again,i've used these programs and checked them and they are virus free. To confirm this, try your best antivirus and scan all files. I use Avira latest virus scan and it detected none. For those of us who can't afford to buy the original stedmans, this is a good alternative. If you have the money, buy the software! If you have them and want to share, share them by all means!
Stedmans Med $ Surgical Equip words, Path and Lab words, and Tessiers Surgical Word book (3rd
edition).  I never buy drug books anymore.  Waist of money in my opinion.  New drugs come out so often, it's best to use the web.
Had to share. Indian with heavy accent and stutter;)
this should be interesting!!!
overused phrases
LOL has to be one of the most overused phrases today.