I read about the effects of this phrase on emergency physicians at http://thecentralline.org/?p=568, but I'd never really seen its effects. I've been working in emergency while my life in on hold, and I saw one of the attendings from last week in the office, so I said:
"hey, remember that patient from last week? Jeremy Smith?"
and I could visibly see him work through the algorithm in his head...
"no, remind me again?"
"85 year old, went into resus for hypotension; from a nursing home, acute on chronic renal failure..."
"anyhow, she had a hemicolectomy and is doing well. A save."
"not just a save, a resurrection!"
Although calling it resurrection may be hyperbole, the dood was ASA 5E, surviving a condition with 50-90% mortality. and I owe it all to Bongi and one line in that blog post, which made me think of the right diagnosis a year later.