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There are adjective suffixes to change the root word into an adjective
Ex: -ac (pertaining to)
There are also surgical suffixes to indicate surgical procedures
Ex: -centesis (puncture to withdraw fluid)
Interpreting Medical Terms
Pronunciation : People may pronounce words differently depending on where they are from; if there is any question about a term, ask the person to spell it or clarify
Spelling : although there may be different pronunciations, there is only one correct spelling. Be careful because one letter can make a huge difference!
Commonly used, but can be confusing
An incorrect abbreviation could make the different between life and death!
It affects insurance records, processing, and patient diagnosis and treatment
Documents the details of a patient’s hospital stay
Includes a history and physical, physician’s orders, nurse’s notes, physician’s progress notes, consultation reports, ancillary reports, diagnostic reports, informed consent, the operative report, anesthesiologist’s report, pathologist’s report, and discharge summary
There are various settings where medical terminology is used:
General hospitals, specialty care hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care, physician’s offices, health maintenance organization, home health care, rehabilitation centers, and hospice
Any information or record relating to a patient must be considered privileged, meaning you have a moral and legal responsibility to keep all information about the patient confidential