Medical Transcription Bloopers and Blunders

Posted by Chelsea Noel on March 22, 2017 in Healthcare Documentation Online Learning Work from Home

A career in Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation is no walk in the park. Between deciphering accents and mumbles and untangling complicated dictated phrases, transcribing doctor reports can prove to be quite difficult.

Everyone is bound to make a mistake once in awhile; developing a good listening ear takes practice through trial and error. When it comes to grading students’ transcription reports, CanScribe instructors have seen all the trials… and all the (sometimes hilarious) errors. Here are some of our favourite Medical Transcription bloopers and blunders:

Abdomen: Soft, nontender, no masses, no breweries.
✓ Abdomen: Soft, nontender, no masses, no bruits.

The patient had an erotic valve replacement.
The patient had an aortic valve replacement.

She is awake, alert, and attentive with no nystagmus, tremor, or abnormal nudeness.
She is awake, alert, and attentive with no nystagmus, tremor, or abnormal movements.

The patient had short-butt syndrome.
The patient had short-gut syndrome.

He had a stent placed in his coronary artery and also one in his dingle.
He had a stent placed in his coronary artery and also one in his diagonal.

At this point in time, the Peter, Paul, and Mary team performed a flexible bronchoscopy.
At this point in time, the peds pulmonary team performed a flexible bronchoscopy.

Patient had dollar surgery in 1994.
Patient had gallbladder surgery in 1994.

The patient had a history of erectomy
The patient had a hysterectomy.

Periodically take the time to do genital massage of fingers, wrists, arms, and neck
Periodically take the time to do gentle massage of fingers, wrists, arms, and neck.

The patient was given IV in the buttocks.
The patient was given IV antibiotics.

The patient is in a monotonous relationship.
The patient is in a monogamous relationship.

As funny as these mistakes are, they also serve as a good reminder to proofread your transcription reports. Do you have a funny transcription error to share? Head over to our [Facebook page] and share it with us!