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Medical Phrase Index is a necessity. sm

Posted By: Veronica on 2007-04-23
In Reply to: Recommendations of Helpful Reference Materials? - Renee

It is the easiest to use, covers many many words from many specialities, and I use mine every day.
As far as specialties, Stedman's makes reference books for pretty much every speciality.
Also, I use my Stedman's Medical&Surgical words a lot even though I'm not doing surgery charts; you'd be amazed how much you need to know just for a patient's past history!
I prefer the Drake&Drake Pharmaceutical Word Book, but everybody has their own preferences for drug references.

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Stedman's phrase book vs. Medical Phrase Index? sm
I'm debating between the newest edition of the MPI versus the Stedman's phrase book. Have had experience with the MPI, but not the Stedman's one. Is Stedman's worth it?
Medical Phrase Index. nm
Medical Phrase Index by Lorenzini...nm
Medical Phrase Index - priceless
PMIC Medical Phrase Index by (sm)

Jean A. Lorenzini & Laura Lorenzini Ley.  The fifth edition is a burgundy hardback.  It used to be navy blue years ago.  See link for a pic.  I have this and love it!!!!! 


I second the Medical Phrase Index, best reference I had when I started out, NM
My number 1 recommendation is the Medical Phrase Index by Lorenzini sm
and would also recommend Stedman's Abbreviations and Labs - these are all more generic since you are doing a variety. It would be best if you could eventually get Stedman's Cardio and other specialities...but I highly recommend Medical Phrase Index for newer transcriptionists - it helped me tremendously in the beginning
Not to change the subject.. but in Medical Phrase Index, debride doesn't have an accent mark. nm
Anyone have a med phrase index book for sale?
I'm signed up with Andrews and am quite a ways into it but they still haven't sent the Lorenzini Medical Phrase Index, and I'm tired of waiting.  Tired of them not sending back tests, too.  Wish I had gone to M-Tec now.
They are newbies! They can built a Medical Phrase book
buy entering the answers given on the word help board into the
'Medical Phrase Index.'

They will learn.

Isn't it the goal, last not least to facilitate the job?

Why do we use calculators, computers, kitchen appliances that facilitate out work?

This is called evolution!
I can see the necessity of that, more. sm
Hospitals I do MT work for use an Australian radiology reading group to get xrays and such read in the overnight hours when no radiologists are on staff. I can see the necessity of having offical xray readings done STAT more than I can justify the alleged need of clinic charts to be typed overnight overseas.
Not disagreeing with everybody but QA is a necessity!
This QA poster is asking that the MTs not generalize when describing QA people and I for one hate to admit it, but she is right. I recently left a company whose QA personnel were absolutely awful - I don't even know how they got the job.  It was insulting to me as an MT.  However, I do have to say that over the years there have been 2-3 that I have relied heavily on from time to time.  They were almost like mentors instead of angry school marms.  I could e mail them at any time about anything, even if it was what seemed like a stupid question.  I have recently started a new job where we have to pull in dictation from old reports, chief complaints, meds, exam, etc. and copy and paste it to our current reports.  Mind you, these are MTs you have been on this account for YEARS.  I could not believe some of the stuff I was seeing - "pupils reactive to light in combination," or "benign prosthetic hypertrophy."  The list goes on and on.  I don't care how experienced these MTs thought they were, they should have been on 100% QA.  No, you may not be one that needs that, but believe me there are plenty out there who do.  Imagine you were that client.
temp+heat index= HOT!
Heat index here Sunday (according to National Weather Service) was 126! 97 temp and 77% humidity = 126. Not sure how they got that figure, but it was during the county fair parade, and some high school kids marching barely made it the 3 mile route. Kids and I escaped to a movie theater!
Considering the heat index is 107 here today....
Shorts and a tank top work for a lot here today. I myself wear shorts and tank tops that I find from DKNY, Liz Claiborne, etc. So they aren't junior clothing and are appropriate. Just because I am 47 doesn't mean that I need to put a sack over my head or this body which is in great shape, considering I've had four children, and a hysterectomy. Still a size 8 and will continue to be a size 8. :)
this is insane.  when you see who is running this - the person whose claim to fame is actually making the medical transcription business what it is today, boasting over 400,000 MTs. 

now she is trying to what, cut that workforce down by maybe more than half. 

this is an extremely aggressive push for mobile healthcare and point-of service care, which from what I see completely eliminates the need for people at all, period. 

does anyone know, please, is there a future for us in this picture.  is there anyone working with these people to help preserve our jobs in some form at least? 

where do we write, who do we talk to?  this person also used to run the AAMT, and now has jumped ship for the opportunity to make probably millions for front-running this technology.  does she even consider the 400,000 MTs (in this country alone) losing their livelihood.  does she care? 

95 with heat index of 100, but hope
is on the way, cool front due tomorrow with lows in the 50s and highs in the 80s.
It's my right index finger-- tightens up - nm
Quarterly Drug Index, NM
The American Drug Index is good
Get some index card to write acct specifics on,


Help w/phrase

Very thick- Latin accent.  Under THROAT:  s/l Injected post-pharyngeal streaking.

makes no sense to me, any guesses?



new phrase
Yeah, I know you've heard the term "go postal". I think we can start using "going Sheila" or "going Kikki". I dunno, there are so many names she uses it would hard to pick a name. Seems like the name "Red" starting showing up today spouting the same anger this morning. Now it is Sheila. Such a shame.
I just add an *s* on the end of the phrase..
so I leave TWWI for the wound was irrigated, and make it TWWIS for the wounds were irrigated. They both come up on the advisory as you start typing, so I don't have to remember anything. I have found IT to be the most valuable thing I have ever come across in terms of productivity, simply because of the fact that I don't have to remember much at all. My system is if for example I have several 3-word phrases that start with the same letter, I just add an additional letter to the end, whatever the next letter in the last word is. For example I have CAD as coronary artery disease and CADI as carotid artery disease, and CADR as cleaned and dressed. Also I like that I don't have to worry about what they are named, because they don't expand with the space bar, so no worries of accidentally getting paroxysmal atrial tachychardia when I ony meant Pat.

Also, maybe it's because I play the piano but I don't find it that difficult to look from the screen to the advisory. I equate it to what I do with my eyes while I'm driving!! I also don't stress about typing things out..if I have to stop and think about an entry I probably don't use it enough to need an expansion for it anyway. I like the consistency of the *naming* part of IT, always the first letter of each word for the phrase, and I have gained a lot of speed by utilizing the word side too, I enter all of those big long single medical words (nonmedical ones too) and it's great only having to type 3-4 letters of a 12-13 letter word. Plus I enter drug names in one time and then I don't have to look up their spellings ever again. Didn't mean for this to be so long but as you can tell I am a huge IT fan. This program changed my life and doubled my income in the past year!!!
help with english phrase
permitted to don and dos his TSLO, I know it means to put on and take off, but how do you spell it?  Thanks.
What is triggering is the phrase it must be
"voice to voice", not a recording playing over the line. There is no way to make it go away. Also, dialing into the same number day after day triggers the system on all plans, even if you are under 3000 minutes.
I would say the most used word or phrase
used on this board is

It will save the phrase but not
the bold, does not come out bolded.  What else can I do?
I didn't mean to phrase it quite that way - sm
I didn't mean it was a bad thing for MTs to get the help they need. What I meant to say was that it's sad that the MT profession, which used to make us a decent, comfortable living, has deteriorated into one where even working as hard as we can all week long, we still often can't make ends meet. I've been siphoning grocery money out of my savings for the past few years, as wages continued to fall. Won't be able to do that much longer - my savings are almost gone.
google the following phrase
"9-pin to USB adapter"

& take your pick.
The site tells me to change an index.html code to access. Dunno what that is??? nm
I'd very much appreciate it if someone could tell me how I can go about changing a word or phrase
I am doing a long legal dictation of conversation and I need to change someone's name throughout the report.  I don't want to have to take the time to go through 100 pages changing the name everywhere and I'm worried I might miss some too.  Thanks so much in advance.
Word/phrase Autocompletion

Does anyone use any of the word/phrase autocompletion software programs for MT work?  Which ones work productively?


I would buy new a Dorland's Medical Dictionary, Stedmans Medical and Surgical Equipment...SM

and Tessier's The Surgical Word Book, 3rd edition.  Books you could buy used I would say would be Stedman's Pathology and Lab Medicine and Cardiology/Pulmonary word book.  These are all the books I use the most during my day.  You could buy other speciality word books as you need them and could probably go used with those.

I wouldn't bother with buying a drug book, new editions come out every year and I just stick to the FDA website and RXList as my drug references.

Also FYI, not a book, but I use my Stedman's Electronic Medical Dictationary a lot.  It's easier to open the program than it is to pick up a huge 30-pound dictionary.

let me re-phrase my question: How will the MT know what is ASR and what is regular transcription?sm
How will we be able to verify that what MQ is calling/paying as ASR was actually ASR and not regular transcription?
I like the phrase "Never quit quitting" as
it took me a few times to finally do it.  So you can still quit, don't give up.  It did wonders for my self esteem, not to mention health.  I quit in 98 in my late 40s. 
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.
Compiling a phrase and word list
The software that does this is Instant Text.

IT can make a list of the most frequently used words and phrases in your transcription. You select the folder of files you want Instant Text to "read" through and in a few seconds your list is done.

Instant Text also includes a number of glossaries ready to be used. See link:

I guess that is what you are looking for. If you have any questions you can email me.

Textware Solutions
That's the magic phrase. It shows that they're
If they keep looking, eventually they're going to find someone else. Hmmm -- maybe her uppity attitude is something they're growing weary of.
a. fib. no capital letters. That is a truncated phrase, should expand. nm
I forgot to include my hint of sarcasm phrase! nm
Type whatever word/phrase, bold, highlight, sm--
select Autocorrect, add.
Hey, I think you coined a new phrase, green grapes. Love it!!
Happy New Year!!
Only one word or phrase at a time with Find & Replace.
you need to find someone who can write (not record) a macro that can find more than one word.
ABCZ word/phrase list for Autotext?
Does anyone know where an ABCZ word/phrase list for Autotext (not autocorrect) can be found? 
Medical Transcription In The Era Of Electronic Medical Records
EMR has revolutionized the healthcare industry in recent times. Many experts felt that EMR & Voice Recognition would totally replace Medical Transcription - however; the industry soon realized that transcription has certain advantages over point & click charting and many physicians preferred to dictate notes rather than document the data at the point of care themselves.
If you google the phrase "Letterman sign" it is the fifth result listed ... sm
It seems to be the same thing as the Terry-Thomas sign. It was new to me, too.
query is an Indian phrase. This is an American board isnt it?
holy cow.
At ease, soldier! This isn't a medical document. I repeat, this isn't a medical document. nm