Medical English

Hospital and Hospital Equipment
Can you name some different departments in a hospital and describe what they do?
Who works in a hospital? What are the different duties of the staff?
What are the most common types of accidents in the workplace?
How can you prevent needlestick?
Name some items you’d find in a first aid kit? What are they used for?
Name some first aid techniques?
Have you ever dealt with an emergency situation? Describe it?
Name some common medical equipment?
Describe the uses of the medical equipment you use most frequently?
How should disposable medical equipment be taken care of?
What is done to medical equipment before it is used on other patients?
Name some different types of medical imaging?
What safety equipment is used to protect radiographers?
How can you best prevent infection in a hospital?
Does your hospital have any hygiene issues?
Describe the process for seeing patients in the emergency room?
What does a triage nurse do?
What is the worst time to visit the hospital?
What tools does a surgeon use?
Can you describe some different ways to administer medicine?
Give reasons why some ways of administering medicine must not be used in certain situations?
Name some abbreviations for dosage and explain them?
What drugs are addictive?
Can you name any drugs that were taken off the market recently? Why?
What problems do senior citizens have with taking medication?
Name some medications that pregnant women should not take?
Name some metric units used to measure medicine?
Doctors and Patients
What information do you look for when taking a patient’s history?
How are medical histories stored?
When checking vital signs, what are you looking for?
Can you describe what you would do if you were giving a physical examination?
What are diagnostic tests?
List some words that describe severe pain and mild pain?
Name some common illnesses that affect children and the elderly?
What kinds of special care do the elderly need?
Describe the symptoms of the flu?
What is diabetes and who does it affect?
Name some types of cancers and describes what a patient should expect?
What treatments are available for cancer?
Describe the medical training in your country?
What special training do nurses get?
Explain the problems that could result from miscommunication between a doctor and a patient?
How can you make sure there are minimal communication problems?
Explain informed consent?
Why are some patients reluctant to visit a doctor?
Have you ever treated a patient you believed to be a hypochondriac?
Do you think doctors are becoming less sensitive to patients’ needs?
How does the credit crunch impact hospitals and medical workers?

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