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Text Expander is my secret weapon - gw

Posted: Apr 6th, 2019 - 9:54 pm In Reply to: Text Expanders - mcp

I use my text expander for everything. Every two-word medical term: First two letters of each word put together plus a number (caar1 = cardiac arrhythmias, caar2 = cardiac arrest, caar3 = carotid artery, caar4 = carotid arteries). Every drug I have run into in 15 years: First four letters (plus a number, if a repeat; xyza = Xyzal). If I ever mishear a drug name and wind up searching? I also put in the first four letters of /what I think I heard/ or /what I searched for/ as an entry as well (zyza = Xyzal). If I hear a new term and have to do a google search for it? I put it in as a text expander entry, so I just type it and there it is.

The big one: IF I MAKE A TYPO: I make a text expander entry for that as well. Out of the 50,000 or so entries I have have made in my text expander over the years, about 90% of them are typos (meanwihle = meanwhile). It only takes 2 seconds to make an entry for a typo in Shorthand (which is what I use), so I do.

Additionally: If a doctor says the same thing over and over again? Text expander entries every time (smithpe, smithros, smithend, smithoprisk). Also, every age (y50 = 50-year-old), height (f56 = 5 feet 6 inches), abbreviation (hcg = hCG, mgdl = mg/dL), local hospitals and towns, long doctors names that are dictated regularly, you name it. It is all entered.

I can say that my text expander library -- with the amount of time it saves me not just typing actual letters, but also the time it saves me fixing mistakes, trying to remember an obscure term or drug name I last heard a year ago -- easily doubles the speed at which I transcribe.

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