negative patient output (was Re: vice versa)

Subject: negative patient output (was Re: vice versa)
From: John F Renish <John_F_Renish -at- NOTES -dot- SEAGATE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 08:27:47 EDT

Martyn Thirlway wrote:

I am not joking when I write that a hospital in LA talks of "negative patient
output" (i.e. dead),

I believe this is a misquotation of "negative patient *outcome*," which, while
inelegant, is widespread in North America and quite specific. It means a
failure of treatment to achieve the desired goal and includes, say, a poison
oak rash that does not respond to calomine lotion.

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