Saturday, November 1, 2008

How to communicate with your foreign patients?

Taking chest x-ray in deep inspiration is vital to ensure we are not missing any pathology. However, most often there is a communication breakdown between the x-ray operator and the patient especially foreign workers.
We suggest the following:
Before taking the x-ray, spend a minute rehearsing with the patient breathing in, hold your breath and breath normally.
If the worker still can’t understand you, use numbers.
1 is for breath in, 2 is hold your breath and 3 breath out normally. Demonstrate to him a few times.

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