Medical Spanish

Understanding and Communicating in Medical Emergencies in Spanish

Romanic language originating in the Iberian Peninsula

Romanic language originating in the Iberian Peninsula.

Being able to communicate effectively in a medical emergency can be a matter of life and death. This unit focuses on providing you with the necessary Spanish vocabulary and phrases to handle such situations.

Emergency Vocabulary

Firstly, it's crucial to familiarize yourself with key emergency vocabulary. Here are some essential words and phrases:

  • Emergencia (Emergency)
  • Ayuda (Help)
  • Llamar a una ambulancia (Call an ambulance)
  • Estoy herido/a (I'm injured)
  • Dolor (Pain)
  • Sangre (Blood)
  • Accidente (Accident)
  • Quemadura (Burn)
  • Fractura (Fracture)
  • Desmayo (Faint)
  • Alergia (Allergy)
  • Infarto (Heart attack)
  • Respiración (Breathing)

Communicating in an Emergency

In an emergency, it's important to be able to explain what's happening quickly and clearly. Here are some phrases that might be useful:

  • Necesito ayuda. (I need help.)
  • Creo que es una emergencia. (I think it's an emergency.)
  • Ha habido un accidente. (There's been an accident.)
  • No puedo respirar bien. (I can't breathe well.)
  • Creo que tengo una fractura. (I think I have a fracture.)
  • Tengo mucho dolor en el pecho. (I have severe chest pain.)

Understanding Instructions

In a medical emergency, you may need to understand instructions given by medical professionals. Here are some phrases you might hear:

  • No se mueva. (Don't move.)
  • Respire profundamente. (Breathe deeply.)
  • Necesitamos hacerle unas pruebas. (We need to run some tests.)
  • Vamos a llevarle al hospital. (We're going to take you to the hospital.)
  • Tome este medicamento. (Take this medicine.)

Remember, the goal is not to become a medical expert, but to be able to communicate effectively in a medical emergency. Practice these phrases and vocabulary regularly to ensure you're prepared for any situation.