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Stereotyping in medical settings – ouch
Sacramento Bee

‘Could you help me get the cirrhotic liver in bed 403B down for his CT scan?” “I need to go order medications for the AIDS patient in room 5320.” “She’s an epileptic, so she needs to have padding placed on her bed rails.” “You know what the sheik admitted yesterday morning? Well, he needs some additional blood tests.”

Hearing comments such as these is not uncommon in hospitals across the nation. The people who speak them are probably not biased, nor are they bad people. They are selecting these quick descriptors as short cuts in language to quickly convey a message to a co-worker. But to many of those people being assigned these labels, the descriptors are stigmatizing and even offensive.

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