NorthEast Monitoring

They Said What? 13 Perplexing Patient Chart Notes

Doctors are known for their poor handwriting — but the writers of these chart notes need a refresher in high-school English!

  • Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
  • On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
  • The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.
  • Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
  • The patient refused autopsy.
  • Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
  • She is numb from her toes down.
  • The skin was moist and dry.
  • Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
  • Patient was alert and unresponsive.
  • Skin: somewhat pale but present.
  • Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.
  • Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.