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How to make sure your patients understand you

By 9 September 2018Language Tips

Intubate is not a word your patients will be familiar with

How would you modify: “we need to intubate” into patient language?

If you work in surgery or an emergency ward, this verb will be one you are familiar with.

It is not something the patient or, perhaps more importantly, their family are likely to be familiar with. If you were to say to the family the sentence in the image above, they would probably understand the urgency of the situation because of the word crashing. They would not understand what you mean by ‘intubate’.

It’s important to modify your language when talking to patients and their families so that you are providing clear communication.