Ever been YoJo’ed? Only Wachter knows
While Outliers is generally opposed to using jargon, we’re compelled to share a few medical expressions patient-safety advocate Robert Wachter posted on his “Wachter’s World” blog. (Wachter is widely credited with coining the term “hospitalist,” so much so that a “Wachter + coined” Google search finds 17,300 references.) Wachter wrote that he was flummoxed to hear an intern say that he “YoJo’ed” a patient, which he learned referred to UCSF Medical Center discharge scheduler Yolanda Jones, who had become so good at her job of scheduling follow-up appointments and testing for patients leaving the San Francisco hospital that her name had become a verb. Wachter then listed a few other terms: RCA’ed, which means undergoing a root cause analysis of a medical error; and other self-explanatory ones such as “surgerized,” “rectalized” and “heparinized.” He also spoke of “housed and spoused,” which meant that a discharged patient had a place to go and someone to take care of them once they got there. Then there’s “TURP’ed,” for transurethral resection of the prostate.
Other terms provided by Wachter’s readers included the selfexplanatory “antibiosed,” “treat and street,” for a patient who had a quick turnaround; and the not-so-delicate “boxed,” for a patient who had died.
English majors may not approve of Wachter’s new batch of medical jargon.