Emergencies Course

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Emergencies Course

3 Chapters

Doña Luisa presents unable to talk

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Lesson 1:  Stroke Symptoms

In this lesson, we cover vocabulary and questions related to stroke symptoms. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, we will first listen to a clinical dialogue. Then, we will review some key questions when gathering a history from a patient presenting with stroke symptoms. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, you will act as the interpreter as the doctor obtains information from the daughter about doña Luisa's stroke symptoms. We practice using the verbs PARECER y VERSE and when to use the PRETERITE vs the IMPERFECT. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

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The doctor asks doña Louisa about falls, head, trauma, loss of consciousness, headache, numbness, vision problems, and difficulty swallowing. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Listen as the doctor performs a brief neurological exam on doña Luisa. Then we will interpret each line of the exam. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

NIH Stroke Scale

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Welcome to this chapter covering Spanish for the NIHSS. In this introductory lesson, Señora Martínez presents with sudden weakness and numbness in her right leg. First, we will listen to the dialogue. Then, we will interpret the first portion of the dialogue between English and Spanish. In the upcoming lessons, we will review Spanish for each step of the NIHSS. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Onset of Symptoms

Practice asking the patient or loved-one about the onset of symptoms in Spanish. The time of symptom onset determines if the patient is within the window to receive thrombolytic therapy. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only LOC and Best Gaze

Practice Spanish for the first portion of an NIH Stroke Scale, where the provider evaluates the patient's level of consciousness and horizontal gaze. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Visual Field

In this lesson, we practice Spanish for performing a visual field test by confrontation. LEVEL-INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Facial Palsy

In this lesson, we practice Spanish to evaluate for facial palsy during the NIH Stroke Scale. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Motor Strength

In this lesson, we learn Spanish to examine arm and leg motor strength. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Coordination

In this audio lesson, the doctor tests the patient’s coordination using the finger-to-nose test (prueba índice-nariz) and the heel-shin test (prueba talón-rodilla). LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Sensation

In this lesson, the doctor tests sensation in the patient's face, arms, and legs. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Members Only Language

In this lesson, the doctor tests the patient's language by asking her to describe a drawing, name objects, and read phrases. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, the doctor tests for neglect or inattention using double simultaneous stimulation.

Stroke Treatment - ACTIVE!

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Learn how to explain thrombolytic treatment for stroke in Spanish. In upcoming lessons, we will go over contraindications and risks.

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Learn how to ask about contraindications for thrombolytic therapy in Spanish.

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Learn how to ask about contraindications for thrombolytic therapy in Spanish.

10 Lessons

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Lesson 1:  Explaining CPR

To begin this series, we revisit a dialogue from our Palliative Care series where the doctor explains cardiopulmonary resuscitation. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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In this second half of the dialogue from our Palliative Care series the doctor explains a DNR order. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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In this first scenario, the patient is already in rigor mortis and the paramedic must explain why they are not initiating CPR.

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Interpret the first half of the clinical encounter: "Too Late for CPR."

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Interpret the second half of the clinical encounter: "Too Late for CPR."

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In this second scenario, the paramedics respond to a call where the patient was found unresponsive and the paramedics take over CPR from the family at arrival and decide to continue CPR en route to the hospital.

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Interpret the clinical encounter: "CPR en Route to the Hospital."

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This is the third of 4 scenarios in which the paramedics care for a patient who has suffered an out-of-hospital arrest. Learn how to explain interventions performed during ACLS and the decision to stop CPR to family.

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Interpret the first half of the clinical encounter: "Stopping CPR"

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Interpret the second half of the clinical encounter: "Stopping CPR"

3 Chapters

History

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In this lesson, you will hear an excerpt from a clinical encounter where a patient presents to the ER with chest pain. As we practice interpreting the encounter in Spanish, we will learn how to ask about the quality, aggravating factors, and location of the pain. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Señora Jiménez presents to the ER with chest pain. Listen as the doctor obtains a clinical history. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Review the vocabulary for evaluating chest pain in the ER. In the next lesson, we will use this vocabulary to interpret the first half of the chest pain dialogue. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Interpret each line from the clinical dialogue: "Chest Pain Evaluation" from English to Spanish. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Interpret as the doctor asks about past medical history and medications. As you do, we will review the key vocabulary and grammar. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

EKG

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Listen as Angela, the EKG tech, performs an EKG on señora Leyva. Then, take the quiz to test your listening comprehension. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Interpret as the EKG technician performs an electrocardiogram on señora Leyva. As you interpret, we will review the key vocabulary and grammar. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

Treatment

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Listen, as the doctor discusses the initial treatment of chest pain in the hospital. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Interpret as the doctor discusses the patient’s chest pain, EKG, vital signs, and cardiac enzymes, and explains what causes most heart attacks. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Interpret as the doctor explains the treatment of chest pain the hospital. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

4 Lessons

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The same verb conjugation is used to address someone formally as "usted" and when referring to a third person.

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Practice questions relating to: location & timing of pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and fainting (syncope).

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Members Only Poisonings

Practice questions when poisoning is suspected.

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Members Only Overdose

Practice questions when overdose is suspected.

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Listen to a dialogue between a psychologist (played by Eliza) and a 27 year old woman (played by myself) brought to the ER by the police due to family’s concern that she intended to harm herself. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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Interpret as the psychologist introduces herself and her role, and asks the patient to explain in her own words what brings her to the ER. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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Members Only Do you have a plan?

Interpret a conversation between the psychologist and patient about her feelings of distress and whether she has a plan to harm herself. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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Interpret as the psychologist asks about guns in the homes, prior mental health problems, and drug use. LEVEL - ADVANCED

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Members Only Safe Discharge Home

Interpret as the psychologist explains do not need to keep Laura on a psychiatric hold. She concludes by confirming she feels safe and will return if that changes. LEVEL - ADVANCED

5 Chapters

Car Accident

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Listen to an EMT respond at the scene of a car accident. When you are done, discover how much you understood by taking the quiz at the bottom of this page.

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Interpret as an EMT assesses the patient's mental status and asks for details regarding the accident.

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Members Only Breathing and Pain

Interpret as the EMT assesses the patient’s breathing and asks about pain.

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Interpret as the EMT examines the patient for injury and tests the neurological function of her lower extremities.

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Members Only PMHx and Meds

Interpret as the EMT asks about the patient’s medical history, when she last ate, and if there is anyone they should contact. LEVEL – NTERMEDIATE.

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Members Only Questions for EMS

This lesson is based on a list of phrases and questions put together by one of our members, an ER provider named Laila Powers. ¡Muchas gracias a Laila! Special thanks to my Spanish teacher from Mexico, Gloria Becerril, who helped me translate and record all questions in this lesson.

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Practice questions for the patient involved in a car accident, as well as potential responses.

Wound Care

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Review Spanish for different types of superficial wounds and questions regarding the mechanism of injury. Since many injuries occur in the workplace, we will cover vocabulary for common tools at a construction site.

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Members Only Tetanus Prophylaxis

Practice discussing prophylaxis against tetanus in Spanish. When someone presents with a dirty wound, we must assess their tetanus immunization status and potentially give them both the vaccine and the immunoglobulin, or just the vaccine. This depends on whether they completed the 3-dose primary tetanus vaccination series and the time of their last vaccination.

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Practice vocabulary and phrases for suturing and wound care instructions.

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Learn to do the following in Spanish: 1) Evaluate for nerve and tendon damage. 2) Discuss evaluation and referral for foreign bodies in the wound.

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In this lesson, we will learn to do the following in Spanish: 1) Prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. 2) Place a splint to protect the area of injury. 3) Tell the patient to wait for their discharge instructions before leaving.

Orthopedic Injuries

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In this lesson, we learn questions for a patient who injured their knee while skiing. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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Obtain x-rays, examine the knee, and explain the diagnosis in Spanish. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, we first review Spanish for the different structures that make up a knee joint. Then, we practice terminology and phrases for describing sprains, strains, and fractures. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, we learn Spanish for the treatment of strains and sprains. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, we learn Spanish for discussing the reduction of dislocations and fractures. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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In this lesson, we explain the risks of closed fracture reduction in Spanish. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

Procedural Sedation

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This is the first of three lessons covering procedural sedation in Spanish. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

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This is the second of three lessons covering procedural sedation in Spanish. LEVEL - INTERMEDIATE

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This is the last of three lessons covering procedural sedation in Spanish. LEVEL - UPPER INTERMEDIATE

Grammar Lessons

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In this lesson, we explore verbs with the body and learn when to use the pronominal (reflexive) vs the non-pronominal form of the verb.

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Practice talking about bruises, cuts, ruptures, breaks, tears, and sprains. Use a verb, a noun, and an adjective to discuss these different types of injuries.

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Practice using related verbs, nouns, and adjectives to talk about scrapes, pinched nerves and tendons, swelling, dislocations, amputations, bites, and stings.

About the Teacher

Doc Molly

I am a practicing hospitalist inspired by the people of Latin America. I create medical Spanish lessons with my Spanish teachers on my days off. Our Spanish audio lessons are made for busy healthcare workers on the go. Gain fluency through listening and speaking.

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