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red mushroom

red mushroom  n.— «A preliminary investigation also found that the train’s braking system was not defective and that the operator did not press the “red mushroom”—Muni parlance for the bright red button on the operator’s...

door buster

door buster  n.— «I am told it is a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) chest. I alert my staff and anesthesia, check the trauma room for completeness; the trauma room is in constant readiness for such an emergency, or what we on the night shift like to...

no duff

no duff  other.— «L/Cpl Steven Jones, 25—an Army passenger on the plane—yelled, “No duff, no duff, we are on fire, we are on fire,” before communication was lost. “No duff” is a military term used to indicate a real emergency instead of a...

navigator

navigator  n.— «Some hospitals now have “navigators,” staff members assigned solely to the uninsured to handle the cumbersome paperwork required for registering them.» —“City Hospitals Reinvent Role of Emergency” by Sarah...

bumping

bumping  n.— «The county continues to face budget cuts, so the emergency medical services manager’s job was eliminated. Because he has more seniority over the AIDS chief, he will take that post. The process is known as “bumping...

medically homeless

medically homeless  adj.— «Safety-net facilities take pressure off of emergency rooms by caring for people who are medically homeless, a term for people who don’t have a family doctor.» —“Clinics for the poor have own...