I have noticed lately when getting handovers from paramedic crews that patients are referred to as A MALE or FEMALE rather than man/woman/boy/girl. I am used to the police doing this but seems to have now been adopted by medical/nursing/AHPs when presenting patients. To my ear calling someone a FEMALE sounds quite odd and a little dehumanising.
I feel as though this started in an attempt to sound more technical or official – especially by more junior staff but is now being used more and more.
Would be great to hear others perspectives on this – is it something that is being explicitly taught or just individuals preferences? Is this my own bias or something that you would find strange if you overheard a healthcare practitioner talking in this way about you?
EDIT: I appreciate that this post as written isn’t very inclusive for transgender people. On the whole my experience is that their biological sex is usually communicated, less often their preferred pronouns or preferred name if that is different to their official ID or medical record (sometimes because nobody has asked).
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