1. Flatus: gas in or from the stomach or intestines, produced by swallowing air or by bacterial fermentation.

Flatus is a term used by both doctors and medical professionals to describe gas. Flatus can be smelly depending on what the patient has eaten, and it can also be excessive.  Excessive flatus is caused by swallowing air, eating high-fiber foods, and certain disorders.  Doctors and other health professionals closely monitor a patient’s ability to pass gas after surgery.  If you can pass gass, that means that you aren’t developing a POI. POI stands for post-operative ileus.  The doctors just need to make sure that the medications, and especially anesthesia, aren’t making your intestines sleepy.  Sometimes, depending on the kind of surgery, the doctors will require you to pass your flatus.  Since when are “toots” required? (yes, insert giggles here – don’t be embarrassed to laugh at the word “toots”!)

Our court reporters have taken many depositions where after a surgery, something may have gone awry.  The lawsuit that follows will be filed under Medical Malpractice Litigation.  Medical Malpractice litigation is a common source of depositions of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.  For years, our court reporters have taken many of these kinds of depositions at popular Cleveland-area hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.

If you are a court reporter who is just starting out, or an experienced court reporter who is always looking to improve their briefs or skills, we’ve got you covered.  Below is a list of briefs compiled by our court reporters here at Cady Reporting for the word ‘flatus’.  For a full list of medical briefs in this blog series, click the link at the bottom.


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