NEW YORK — The head of the World Health Organization says the word “vein” is confusing and misused.
But he also said the organization is trying to clarify its meaning.
The World Health organization has recently updated its guidelines for the proper use of the word, which was first coined in the 1950s.
In a new statement released Friday, the organization says it’s trying to understand what it means.
“We need to understand the word properly.
So, as we do this, we want to clarify the meaning of the term,” Dr. Michael Fauci said in the statement.
The word was first used by a German physician named Hermann Eisler in the mid-19th century, but was eventually adopted by the World Trade Organization as the official acronym for “worldwide efforts to prevent, control and eradicate pandemic.”
The WHO’s new guidelines say it should be understood to mean the ability to drain or remove fluids from the body.
“If the patient has a vein, it’s called a jugular vein.
If it’s a vein in a kidney, it means that it’s supplying blood to the kidney,” Dr Fauce said.
The WHO says it uses the word in a wide variety of contexts, but it is the correct term to use to describe a type of blood vessel that carries nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells.
“The word is so widely used that we have to clarify what it is,” Dr David Condon, WHO senior medical adviser for pandemic response, said in a telephone interview.
“When you think of a vein … you’re talking about something that is like a tube or a vein.
But when you think about blood vessels, you’re not talking about tubes, you are talking about veins.
We want to be clear about what it really means to have a vein.”
The American College of Cardiology, which is the international association for cardiology, said it has not updated its standard of care for the word.
“Although we have been advocating for a more positive use of this word in medicine, the word has been misused in many contexts, particularly in terms of patient care,” the association said in an emailed statement.
“As an organization, we are concerned about the misuse of this term.
We hope that the WHO will take action to address this confusion.”