Useful Spanish Phrases For The Triage Station in a Mobile Clinic

In a fast-paced Mobile Clinic setting on a Service Learning Trip, effective communication is vital for providing timely and accurate medical care. When you are working in a Mobile Clinic, you will be assigned to one of the several stations set up. If you are assigned to the triage station, you will be helping to obtain the patient’s contact information, basic medical history, and other information such as height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. To aid in the processing of each patient in a timely manner, knowing some common phrases in Spanish that may come up during your work can be very helpful. Here are some useful Spanish phrases for the triage station of a Mobile Clinic:

  • Hello: Hola
  • Good morning: Buenos días
  • How are you?: ¿Cómo está?
  • Please: Por favor
  • You’re welcome: De nada
  • Here: Aqui
  • Just a moment: Un momento
  • Blood pressure: Presión arterial
  • Arm: Brazo
  • Bag: Bolso
  • Hat: Sombrero
  • Shoes: Zapatos
  • Jacket: Chompa
  • Scale: Balanza
  • Tape measure: Cinta Métrica
  • Thermometer: Termómetro
  • Alcohol: Alcohol
  • Cotton: Algodón
  • Medical record for Adult / Child/ Dental / OBGYN: Ficha Médica de Adulto/Niño/Dental/Ginecología

In a mobile clinic, language barriers can be challenging, but with a few essential Spanish phrases, healthcare professionals can bridge the gap and ensure effective triage and care. Building rapport with patients through clear communication and compassion fosters trust and facilitates the delivery of quality medical assistance. To work on your Spanish, resources such as Duolingo can help you to become more comfortable with the language before you embark on your Service Learning Trip. Remember, being able to communicate in a patient’s native language can make a world of difference in their healthcare experience. By incorporating these Spanish phrases into your triage process, you can make a significant impact on the well-being of the communities you serve. ¡Buena suerte! (Good luck!)

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