15 Hilarious Medical Code Words Doctors And Nurses Use

This lingo isn’t used regularly in health-care settings, but an unflattering comment may occasionally slip out during a particularly frustrating situation. Decipher some of the more shocking slang here.

Frequent flier

A repeat customer to the ER, often a patient with chronic medical problems who can’t afford to go anywhere else.

Weekend syndrome

When doctors covering for a colleague on the weekend won’t make important decisions, particularly end-of-life ones.

Code brown

A bed full of excrement. “Got a Code Brown in 214.” Here’s what nurses secretly think about you (but won’t say to your face).

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