Medical Spanish Terms for Healthcare Professionals


If you’re a healthcare professional
knowing a bit of medical Spanish vocabulary can help you communicate with
even more patients. It also makes you more appealing to potential employers. To
learn how to better understand your Spanish-speaking patients, keep watching. Hey everyone, Danae here with TakeLessons
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Coming up our Spanish teacher Rosita is going to share some basic terms for
nurses and other health care providers. Be sure to subscribe and stick around
til the end of this video where we’ll share more ways you can improve your
medical Spanish skills today. The way to use this chart is: you may choose any
power verb followed by an infinitive to form a sentence. Or if you need to be
more specific then add a noun after. So por ejemplo: “necesito” which means “I
need.” So if you need to tell a patient “I need to inject you” – “Necesito inyectarle.” Or if you
need to tell your patient that she needs to do something like take medication for
an example – “necesita tomar sus medicinas.” “Querer”
which means “to want.” “Quiero” which is “I want.” Quiero examinarle” – I want
to examine you. And we have “quiere.” “Quiere” means “you want.” Now this is a great way
to find out what your patient would like. For an example, “Quieres hacer una cita mañana?” –
“Do you want to make an appointment for tomorrow?” Or “Quiere consultar con
su doctor?” – “Would you like to consult with your doctor?” All right, “puedo” and “puede.” This comes from the stem change verb “poder” which means: to
be able to. Now when a patient tells you “Si, puedo, puedo” means “I can do it. I’m able to do it.” But if you’re asking a
patient, “Puede extender el brazo?” Then the patients goes “Si, puedo extender mi brazo.” Now “allow me” – “permitame.” Please repeat after me: permitame. This actually has various uses. “Permitame” means excuse me. Or
if you don’t remember a word or an instruction in Spanish, if you’re trying
to grab a body part like a hand or the arm, you can just point at the body part and just say “Permitame” when in
doubt. We will understand that you know your Spanish is not fluent yet
but always use your hand movements. “Debo” and “debe” comes from the verb “deber”
which means “should” or “must.” So when you need to weigh us “Debo que pesarle” – “I need to weigh you.” Please repeat after me:
la pildora. Now that means “pill” but the most common way to say pill is: la
pastilla. Alright “tablet” – “la tableta”. “Lozenge” – “el trocito.” All right a coated pill – “la gragea.” A capsule – “la
capsula.” Syrup – “el jarabe.” Liquid – “el liquido.” Medicine – “la medicina.” Now we’re talking about actual
medication – “el medicamento.” Now when giving
instructions on medications especially if it comes to liquid a common
measurement for liquid medicine, we use spoons. Now a tablespoon is “una
cucharada.” A teaspoon – “cucharadita.” The way that I’m personally familiar with –
“una cucharita.” “Una cucharita” is a teaspoon. And a tablespoon is “una cucharada.” Let’s check this out. “Frote.” Please repeat after me: frote. This means to rub. “Sobe” – “massage.” Now another way to say massage is “una masaje.” That’s another way of saying massage. “Ponga” comes from the verb “poner” which means “to put.” Alright next we have “apply” – “aplique.” Awesome! Hey guys thanks for
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  1. What other medical Spanish phrases are necessary for healthcare providers to know? Let us know in a comment!

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