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More On Status Hispanicus In The ER
Some of the stuff from the Wikipedia entry Steve quotes below seems to come from ER Stories, which is a blog about "Shocking, Hilarious, Bizarre, and Sad Tales from the Emergency Room."
Here's their entry on slang--and here are some quotes about the effects of large scale Hispanic immigration on Emergency Rooms:
7. STATUS HISPANICUS - an offensive but often used term (sometime by other Hispanics) describing a hysterical Hispanic patient (traditionally Puerto-Rican or Dominican - almost never Mexican however). Often screaming â€śEye yieye yieye yieyeâ€ť (see Eye- tach below). A spoof of the medical terms â€śStatus Asthmaticus and Status Epilepticusâ€ť describing severe, nonstop asthma attacks or seizures. See below OMD below as well. One of the terms I avoid using.
8. OMD - Oh Mi Duele. Means â€śOh I have pain!â€ť in Spanish. A take off on EMD which means â€śelectro-mechanical dissociationâ€ť - an serious cardiac rhythm disturbance. Used like â€śShe is going into OMD, give her some Morphineâ€ť.
9. Eye - tach- A spoof of V-tach which is short for Ventricular Tachycardia, a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia. Someone goes into Eye-tach from OMD - Eyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeyeye.