ER docs and nurses (and paramedics) are a superstitious lot. In no particular order, here are my favorites.
1. The “Q” word. “Quiet.” it’s truly the kiss of death. The “S” word, “slow” carries the same jinx. Usually some newbie nurse or clerk who is “not superstitious” will say, “Wow, I haven’t seen it this quiet in here in a while.” Everyone around will groan and in five minutes ten ambulances and a bus from the nursing home will arrive, and one of the ambulances will call ahead announcing the imminent arrival of a pediatric code.