dead on arrival


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Drug slang A regionally popular term for heroin
Emergency care A term describing a patient without signs of life when the person’s body arrives at the facility; it is commonly abbreviated DOA

dead on ar·ri·val

(DOA) (ded ă-rīvăl)
Charting notation used in the emergency department stating the patient has not survived the trip to the hospital.

dead on ar·ri·val

(DOA) (ded ă-rīvăl)
Charting notation used in the emergency department stating the patient has not survived the trip to the hospital.