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DFO

verb; acronym initialism
‘done fall out’; refers to a syncopal episode, or the act of fainting, refers to the literal act of an individual’s legs falling out from underneath them. The initialism is formed from the phrase ‘done fall out’. The phrase ‘fall (fell) out’ is commonly used to describe what a syncopal episode feels like to a patient who has never fainted, as it feels like the individual’s legs simply stop working and they start to fall. The more colloquial expression may have emerged based on the frequency that patient’s use it to describe their condition and was subsequently adopted as a more informal expression in emergency medicine. initialism of ‘done fall out’.
 
“Three people from last year’s class DFOed while a chest tube was placed.”
Etymology : Initialism formed from the prhase 'done fall out'.
Source : –EMT Preceptor (9/8/10)
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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