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DRT (dead right there)

adjective; acronym
State of being obviously deceased and beyond medical help. Apparent meaning: DRT (dead right there) describes a state of being obviously deceased. It is used by EMS professionals to refer to patients that are obviously dead, especially when the family/friends of the patient are present. Type of word formation: acronym of ‘dead right there’ (DRT) Possible reason used: It was coined so that EMS professionals could communicate to each other that the patient is dead and that nothing can be done for the patient, without offending anyone else present who might have emotional attachments to the deceased.
 
Well, that one’s DRT.
Etymology : acronym of ‘Dead Right There’
Source : college-aged EMT, referring to a patient that she saw that had obviously been dead for several days
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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