train wreck


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Medspeak A popular term for a multi-problem patient in critical condition
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train wreck

Medtalk A popular term for a multiproblem Pt in critical condition
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In the accompanying interview, however, theTik Tok hitmaker insists she is not a "train wreck" and that her party girl image is just small part of who she is.
"The euro zone is a slow-motion train wreck," Roubini said.
The "Fair Compliance Act" would give power companies a more realistic timeframe for compliance with the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and the Utility MACT Rule, which have been identified as key elements of the Train Wreck of burdensome and unnecessary regulations.
The American Legislative Exchange Council and the Edison Electric Institute, the latter an industry representative for investor-owned utilities, have tagged the developing regulations "EPA's Regulatory Train Wreck," as they claim the new rules will cost utilities up to $129 billion and eliminate one-fifth of America's coal capacity.
"It would appear that he saw the train wreck coming and got out of the way," Busch cousin Buddy Reisinger speculated to BusinessWeek.
President Obama hopes to head off a train wreck in September at the U.N.
On April 20 Dwight Holton, the United States attorney for Oregon, said in an interview that Oregon's medical marijuana program is a "train wreck." He went on to question the "need" of so many Oregonians to use medical marijuana.
We wouldn't even raise an eyebrow to Charlie Sheen getting his train wreck of a life on a TV movie.
Noted US economist Nouriel Roubini, who correctly predicted the global financial crisis, said last week the US economy is a "fiscal train wreck" waiting to happen that risks ushering in a period of stagnation featuring minimal growth, high unemployment and deflationary pressures.
* I applaud Larry Farrell's prescient "President's Perspective" column in February, "Predicted Fiscal Train Wreck Fast Becoming a Grim Reality." He starkly laid out the expected decline in future budgets.
and two men from the train wreck, while another man died of suffocation inside