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Posted By: sm on 2008-05-28
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Subject: Big virus coming, confirmed by McAfee and Norton and Snopes

Subj: Big virus coming, confirmed by McAfee and Norton and

Big virus coming, confirmed by McAfee and Norton and Snopes


Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing
up for this virus!

I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!!

Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.


You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any
message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD,' regardless of who sent
it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the
whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from
someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. &nb sp;This
is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts It
is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and
open it.

If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you
by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified
by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was
discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind
of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc,
where the vital information is kept.


Snopes lists all the names could come in.

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My virus protection keeps catching emails with the blackmail.F virus. That
has been going around for a few days and different variants of that are popping up. Don't know if it is related as I have not had time to research it. Watch out for that one too.
Dangerous as far as what? NM
Not sure. I just know enough to be dangerous.
Is it dangerous to buy used?
Used may be cheaper . . . but is it safe?  I hadn't really thought of getting used because I'd hate to get a "problem" computer.  However, if it were just as good as new . . . maybe . . .
dangerous abbreviations
It really depends on the account. Some facilities/doctors really don't care for the new set of guidelines and want their work verbatim precisely. But employers want it practiced just in case for some of the more confusing abbreviations.
dangerous abbrevs

Pharmacies make plenty of mistakes on prescriptions and I have never heard of one being shut down.  They aren't any better or more careful at their job than anyone else in health care these days - which is to say, the consumer/patient needs to be on their toes at all times because you simply cannot trust anyone to do their job properly. 

Yes, sloppy writing is responsible for some of these mistakes, which is one of the reasons why many elements of  the AMA, the pharmacist associations, and the pharmaceutical industry are pushing for all drugs to have an individual number assigned, so that medication errors can be eliminated or at least greatly reduced.   Thousands of people are injured, make sick or even die from prescription errors every year.

I have been doing MT since the 1970s and I have seen huge changes in health care.  Most obvious change is that it has become a BUSINESS rather than a human service.  Most if not all involved in health care delivery care foremost about the bottom line and their own "bottoms."   Like one of the posters below, I too have noted how long the disclaimers are at the bottom of the H&P and Consults, particularly by the surgeons and interventionalists. 

When I started MT, almost no report was more than 1 page long.  Now, I sometimes transcribe reports where the "disclaimer" section with risks, benefits, alternatives, possible outcomes explanation is half a page long.   This information is already contained in the consent forms that are signed by the patient, so it is redundant to include it on the dictated report, but more and more MDs are doing it.   I have also noticed, or perhaps it is just my perception, that all dictators are including more information about patient attitude, knowledge and compliance regarding their (the patient's) regarding their medical condition.   Personally, I think that is a good thing - people need to take more responsibility for themselves and stop expecting the doctor to solve all their problems. 



Dangerous Abbv. below
I want to know how come a hospital says they are compliant with the list and AAMT guidelines but tell you transcribe ver batim even if incorrect? Can't have it both ways seems to me. I got caught by QA between a rock and a hard place about this but stood my ground. I did ver batim because that was the hospital's wish even though I knew it was wrong dictation. At least I flagged it for QA but it caused a problem. No one seems to have the answer. Next time, I'm not flagging it.
Not just lazy...DANGEROUS
This is how patient care errors are made. I know they hate dictating, but it is very disrespectful to their patients when the doctors won't even attempt to dictate clearly so that their patient's lives are not in jeopardy. They should be chastized by their hospitals and not allowed to dictate like that!
Dangerous Abbreviations

Q.D., QD, q.d., qd (daily) = Mistaken for each other = Write "daily".

I woud say this should over ride anything BOS has to say, but we aim to please the client.  As transcriptionists though we should be aware of these dangerous abbreviations since it can affect a patient's medical record and how it is interpreted.

cc is not correct, mL is. cc is a dangerous
PO is not a dangerous abbreviation (see msg)

Go to this website: 



IV is not a dangerous abbreviation.
For Pitocin it is WAS given.
Dangerous Abbreviations
"IV" isn't on the Joint Commission list of dangerous abbreviations. Don't take this as an indication that you're getting old--the confusion surrounding those darned abbreviations can be aggravating.

Here are some reasons for the aggravation. You might have seen it on a facility's list in the past or you might have encountered it as a recommendation from a consultant or in a journal article. Before The Joint Commission solidified its list of dangerous abbreviations, there was a lot of confusion about this--some groups banned any and all abbreviations.

There is an abbreviation that is banned because it can be CONFUSED WITH "IV." It's "IU," the abbreviation for "international unit." While it's OK to use IV, some facilities do not want you to use it, reasoning that if IU can be confused with IV, then IV can be confused with IU. And then some would want you to avoid using IV, until they discover that they have to pay extra for you to transcribe "intravenously."

Here is a link to the whole list. The document on The Joint Commission website was broken, so this link is to another website, but it is the same thing. http://www.aapmr.org/hpl/pracguide/jcahosymbols.htm

q is a dangerous abbreviation.
If you suspect something dangerous, then
for heaven's sake go and visit a doctor.

Why do you suspect a pulmonary embolism? I dounbt tht you wiklk be able to cough it up. Are you producing some blood when coughing?

It might just be some mucus or phlegm that you cannot lodged in you lungs.

Does your cough produce blood?

Here are the symptoms tht indicate a pulmonary embolism
(blood clot in the lungs):


'Pulmonary embolism symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how much of your lung is involved, the size of the clot and your overall health especially the presence or absence of underlying lung disease or heart disease.

Common signs and symptoms include:

Sudden shortness of breath, either when you're active or at rest.
Chest pain that often mimics a heart attack. The pain can occur anywhere in your chest and may radiate to your shoulder, arm, neck or jaw. It may be sharp and stabbing or aching and dull and may become worse when you breathe deeply (pleurisy), cough, eat, bend or stoop. The pain will get worse with exertion but won't go away when you rest.
A cough that produces bloody or blood-streaked sputum.
Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia).
Other signs and symptoms that can occur with pulmonary embolism include:

Leg swelling
Clammy or bluish-colored skin
Excessive sweating
Weak pulse
Lightheadedness or fainting (syncope)

If you do not have these symptoms, take an aspirin, drink hot tea with lemon juice and honey, you might just have a cold.
Thoughts on dangerous abbreviations

You're partly right.  Joint Commission has no jurisdiction over a private office setting; however, this was adopted by Joint after it was first given to the national pharmacy assocition.  When a doctor has his/her nurse phone in a prescription or writes one himself regardless of private office or inpatient setting, s/he better follow these guidelines. 

Having worked in a pharmacy, I understand how critical it is to be able to know EXACTLY what the doctor wants the patient to have presribed.  Pharmacy is going down the same path as MT work.  Notice how many insurers allow for your prescriptions to go to a mail order company who will fill up to three months of your prescriptions at a time.  The first line of defense these companies have (well, really just one anymore as they are becoming the MQ of pharmacies), is to scan the prescription.  If it is not written clearly, a body must contact that physician.  Addtionally these mail order companies allow MDs to relay prescriptions online.  These guidelines better be followed or they will be contacted.

Depending on which division within the mail order pharmacy you work, a tech may fill more than 100 prescriptions an hour.  If ONE of those prescriptions is filled incorrectly, it is reported to the State Board of Pharmacy who requires a monetary penalty be forwarded by the company depending on the error classification.  If there are too many errors in a given month, the pharmacy is shut down, the supervising PHARMACIST receives (typically) a $5000 fine and a one month to five year suspension of practice, all actions of which are published and distributed to all 50 states in a monthly newsletter.

To say this is all AAMT's fault is ludicrous.  To say the doctors are not going to change their ways because they have god complexes is ludicrous.  This happened because too many mistakes were being made through haste, bad handwriting, lack of time to thoughtfully write prescriptions, etc.  This is today's reality.  If you do not adapt, you do not survive.  Just ask a Cro-Magnon.


This is extremely dangerous reasoning. SM
It isn't what the "suits" are saying, it is what they are doing.  These are two totally different and separate entities.  My God, are you so complacent that you cannot even take a look around and see the face of the future?  No one is telling anyone to not just "be happy."  A little foresight and present thinking is imperative, not only in the MT world but in many other areas of business, especially IT.  It's all going over to Asia and it's all same-same there. 
JCAHO dangerous abbreviations
Do physician offices/clinic notes need to comply with this list?  I thought JCAHO was joint commission for hospital compliance. 
Is p.o. considered dangerous abbreviation?
Thanks! I have the dangerous abbreviation list
I was just afraid I was missing something buried in the book somewhere. I just didn't want to be making a mistake. Thanks again.
cc is on the dangerous abbreviation list and should be converted to ml.
Not to mention extremely dangerous for your pets - sm
especially the flea collars, shampoos, etc. Totally agree. Awful products. Should be banned completely.
Here's a link to that dangerous abbreviation list

This is the site the BOS recommends visiting, so I did.  It is a long list of stuff fer sure!  Here's the link...just copy and paste it into browser.


Hope it helps!

would you like a copy of the DAL(dangerous abbrv. list).
Just so happen my supervisor sent it to me today thinking that a report was mine with a dangerous abbr. listed in it.  Let me know if you would like for me to email you a copy.
Lord, preserve me from Sam's Club! That place is dangerous!

That is THE most dangerous thing I think I've ever heard. You don't understand it?!

We have been told to use mL for all, regardless if dictated cc. Dangerous abbrev. blahblahblah nm
The Joint Commission's Dangerous Abbreviation List... SM

applies to written entries on a patient's chart, i.e. nurses' notes, doctor's orders, etc.  For some insane reason, someone somewhere decided to apply it to transcription as well which is just silly.  I work for a facility that has decided not to force transcription to strictly adhere to the dangerous abbreviation list and Joint Commission has not counted it against them in the last three audits.

I will say most MTs where I work do not use qhs, qac or qd.  We expand those out because WE (the transcription department) decided that we should for clarification purposes. 

My dangerous abbreviation sheet doesn't list...sm
q. as a dangerous abbreviation. It lists q.d. and q.o.d. and q.n. but not just q. by itself. ?
There are so many variables at play that it's dangerous to compare to others along these lines. s
I know that there have been occasions when I've had a run of one of my more familiar docs -- one for whom I have a lot of canned text and who tends to dictate with a great deal of regularity, and quickly -- and I've been able to break the 500 lph barrier, but only briefly. Otherwise, working a large hospital account as I do, with dozens of regular docs and a hundred or so others who just crop up now and then, I can't conceive of anyone averaging anything close to that ... I'm luckly to average above 250-275 lph on a typical day, and some days -- when it's resident and ESL heavy -- that can go down to 150-200.

But, again, it's really pretty silly to compare lph between different MTs unless the variables are the same.
One of those radio financial guys said debit cards are the MOST dangerous to use.
I had one too and a virus

I went to a really great website that took care of my spyware.  I also went to SBC and downloaded their security program that has a virus scan included.  I no longer have the Spyware or the virus.

If the other website that was posted does not work, try geekstogo.com

I hope this helps!


Could be a virus. I would run your virus
scanner.  This is what happened to me - I got mail from my brother and it went to everyone in my address book AND everyone in their address book, and so on, and so on.  Horrible virus. 
I had the same thing happen about 2 weeks ago. I downloaded the latest version of Ad-Aware (lavasoft.com) and it removed it.
No virus
Just copy the links to your address bar so that it will route you to the download site. sorry that was all i got. There are NO virus in these files i tested them and they work. You don't need to register to stedmans so you don't have to pay them anything. Anyway, they are a big help for me i hope they will be to you too!

Someone please help me.  I have a virus obviously that is blocking all access to the internet.  Even when I try to pull up my email, it says that is has a problem and it wants me to buy stuff - obviously, my boyfriend did not know that you never click anything when you get those messages and now I have serious trouble.  It appears as though it is a windows product (which I am sure it is not).  Can somebody give me someway, somehow to get it gone? 

AVG virus
I had the exact same thing with AVG they are a rip off. I finally found a program that is a free program that will get rid of the virus. It is Trojan Remover 6.7.5 if you do a search for it I think it is like trj675.com or something like that. It worked when I did the same thing with the tech and 200 bucks and no luck they said I would have to reformat my drive...
Re: Virus Program
My computer tech also advised against Norton. He said he personally uses AVG and has not had any problems. Their website is

I've got the AVG free edition and have had no problems. I got it after Norton froze up my Word program. It didn't release until I removed it from my computer. I don't know anything to tell you about Panda, but most techies know a good program when they see one, so it probably is better than Norton.
virus program
AVG is what I use, recommended by computer tech at www.worldstart.com or Avast is good, and both of them are free, as is Spybot Search and Destroy, does a good job for spyware. World Start has a forum where you can ask any computer questions, and their people have always been very helpful. Hope this helps you.
AVG anti-virus...
and also Microsoft's own Anti-Spyware are good. www.microsoft.com (downloads) and Google in AVG and go to their site...
maybe all they had was virus attachments, which

leaving the blank e-mails?

Don't know, really.  Just throwing that out there.  

Anyone know if there is a stomach virus going around right now.
stomach virus
Live in New England and it is rampant. All 5 grandkids and their parents have been passing it around. My little granddaughter calls it "the throw ups" but it's more than that. Patiently waiting - hope it "skips" me and I don't get it from the kids. I have had stomach cramps but no other symptoms "yet."
Anyone here about the Windows XP virus out right now?? nm
virus protection
There is a company who is connected with Norton, Symantic (spelling ?) that has Eanthology/stop sign. Look it up on the web. This costs less than $7 a month (I have 3 computers on this). You download from the web, has a firewall, pop, the whole 9 yards. I have a VIP subscription and they have been on the phone with me for an hour before fixing my computer. I would recommend them to anyone. You can also find them by putting in Stop-sign computer protection service. Let me know if you need additional info
How about the different virus checkers that
Someone posted something about a virus
Virus threats ?
If you have a strong virus protection (..plus) and a firewall, it will give you 'virus' threats, even if you try to access your newly installed programs. You have to modify your firewall options.
That's why they are supposed to have virus
That Postcard Virus
warning has been going around for a few years now.
is that a joke. thanks for the virus
i went to you link and it has a virus.  thanks