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Have you ever cared for a squeamish patient?

By 4 March 2018Language Tips

What does squeamish mean?

Squeamish is an adjective many patients feel but not many healthcare professionals.

Do you have any idea how a squeamish patient is feeling?

What about if you know the context is a nurse cleaning a deep leg wound after the patient tripped and fell at work. Removing the bandage there is a lot of blood.

Squeamish patients are easily shocked.

Often it’s the sight of blood or the thought of having an injection that can make them feel this way. They are likely to make a face and turn away when they think or know either of these situations are likely.