Communication Breakdown: Tips on how to get good inspiratory film.
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 patient can’t understand English, use Bahasa or even better, his own language.
hít một hơi dài
nín hơi, nín thở
lấy lại hơi
Shen hu xi
Bing xhu hu xi
Xian zhai ke yi hu xi
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.
Both these radiographs are of the same patient. The one on top, the inspiration is good but the one at the bottom the inspiration is not satisfactory. Which would you prefer?
Still unsure, call us.Good Luck!