It was a perfectly comfortable morning when suddenly it was discomforted by a request for a stat palliative care consult. A stat consult is disquieting because "stat" is a dissonant adjective for the compound noun, "palliative care." "Stat" is the medical abbreviation for the Latin adverb "statim" meaning "immediately." Stat orders always imply the necessity of an immediate response to an emergency: an inadequate blood pressure, an erratic hear rate, a ...


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