Proper use of the word is either capitalized or not capitalized.
Essentially, when someone is called STAT it means that person is needed immediately. Unfortunately, however, the word "immediately" does not denote what the person is needed for. So you can be called STAT because your services are desired to save a life, or you could be called so the doctor can get his EKG results quick so he can see it before he goes home for dinner.
Ideally you'd think the word STAT would be used for life and death situations, such as the following. :
- RT STAT to ER..... we have a patient in respiratory distress
- RT STAT to 244.... we have a patient in V-tach
- RT STAT to ICU... we have a patient with a heart rate of 27
- RT STAT to ER... we have a patient who can't breathe
- RT STAT to ER.... EMTs are 20 minutes out with a cardiac arrest
- RT STAT to 244.... Dr. Jones wants an EKG done before he goes home, pt is fine
- RT STAT to ambulatory surgery... Dr. wants pre-op EKG done
- RT STAT to CCU... RN wants EKG to see what rythm patient is in
Actually, I have recent pages such as the following:
- STAT EKG in 2234 in two hours
- STAT ABG in an hour on the vent patient
He may also be written up for responding to a code overly relaxed and in a non-urgent manner.