SOB – Testing & Treatment [for ER Providers]

Topic:  Shortness of Breath Testing / Treatment

Target Audience:  Emergency medicine clinicians (doctors, PA’s, or NP’s)

Format:  Mainly yes/no questions, a few with short answers

Video Version

First, I’ll walk you through the medical Spanish phrases for Shortness of Breath – Testing / Treatment in video form.

You can listen to the pronunciation, and quiz yourself as you go along.

(FYI, this video is also available as a podcast. Details below.)

Written Version

If you prefer, here’s the written version of Shortness of Breath – Testing / Treatment in Spanish.

Note: Parentheses mean the word(s) can be left out, and the phrase should still make sense.

We will do…Vamos a hacer…
Blood testsPruebas de sangre
An EKGUn electrocardiograma
X-ray / imaging / ultrasoundRayos equis / radiografía / ultrasonido
Did you take aspirin today?Tomó aspirina hoy?
How much?Cuánto?
We will give you…Le vamos a dar…
Medicine / a pill / pillsMedicina / una pastilla / pastillas
An injection / injectionsUna inyección / inyecciones
(Intravenous) fluidsSuero (por la vena)
A breathing treatmentUn tratamiento respiratorio
A mask to help you breathUna máscara para ayudarle a respirar
Medicine to relax youMedicina para relajarle
We need to intubate you.Le necesitamos intubar.
First we will sedate you.Primero le vamos a sedar.
Is that ok?Está bien?
Wait here, please.Espere aquí, por favor.
The nurse will come.Viene la enfermera.
I will come back later (to tell you the test results).Regreso más tarde (para avisarle de los resultados).
(Do you feel) better?(Se siente) mejor?
The same?Igual?
Do you still feel short of breath?Todavía siente falta de aire?
It looks like you have…Parece que tiene…

Wrapping Up

Thanks for checking out my Shortness of Breath – Testing / Treatment dialogue.  You’ll probably find these medical Spanish translations particularly useful if you work as a provider in emergency medicine.  

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