So I can hit you over the head for calling a gurney a stretcher!
This literally slays me every time I go to the hospital.
This is what is known as a malapropism.
No, not a prolonged erection, the word for that is priapism.
A gurney has wheels.
A stretcher is two long sticks with a fabric sling between them to carry a patient. Two people are required to carry it. One of each end. Otherwise you’d just be dragging the patient with 2 sticks and some fabric. Don’t do that.
A stretcher is used when it would be difficult or impossible to have wheels. And the patient needs a quick in and out rescue.
As on a battlefield.
Somehow the conversation always wends back to healthcare being a battlefield making the blog’s title appropriate.
I don’t mean to do this.
Yes, I get that the words gurney and stretcher are used interchangeably by most people.
But not by me.
You may even get a lecture from me about the difference if you tell me to get the stretcher when you really want the gurney.