Idea Exchange: Stop comparing growths to grapes

October 31, 2016

Calling a growth grape-sized would be fine if grapes only came in one size. Get specific and use this tip for keeping a ruler handy at all times.

Image courtesy of Bekki Thompson.

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After hearing numerous arguments between my coworkers over perception differences between pea-sized, bean-sized, small grape-sized and large grape-sized growths, as well as complaints about never having a ruler handy when taking a history or examining a patient, I printed out millimeter rulers for our doctors and staff to tape to their favorite pens. Now we can quickly and accurately notate the size of growths and wounds.

Bekki Thompson, head technician

Pet Haven Veterinary Clinic

Wichita, Kansas