Frank Blood

Blood is our life support. A clinician may describe blood as occult versus frank. For example, in a urine sample, blood may be present but not visible to the naked eye. In this example the blood is occult-hidden. However, if the opposite is true and the blood is overt or visible then the clinician might describe it as frank blood.

A forensic pathologist will use the term, frank blood, when describing the physical characteristic of blood. For example, the blood is frank when it is generally normal as opposed to hemolyzed (pale red liquid) or coagulated (clotted) – opposite ends of the spectrum.

I spoke with one of our transcriptionists recently regarding funny transcription errors and she related to me one of her most recent mistakes. The chief medical examiner pointed out to her that when he describes blood as frank that it is a descriptive word and is therefore not capitalized. She had been capitalizing the word frank as if it was the name of the blood.

Please enjoy Max Art’s interpretation of Frank blood. I found it quite clever.

Max Art: Frank Blood


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