Breaking the Language Barrier: Spanish Terms and Phrases for Medical Office Personnel

  • AUTHOR: Sandra Marmolejo Romero
  • ISBN-13: 9781435489233 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 160 Pages  Spiralbound 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Designed as a quick reference for students and medical office staff, BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER: SPANISH TERMS AND PHRASES FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL provides key medical terminology that makes it easier to communicate with the Spanish-speaking patient. This is more than an English-Spanish translation dictionary, content includes bilingual information for greeting and scheduling, patient registration, intake and examinations, insurance and billing, referrals, protected health information, infection control, durable medical equipment, lab tests and special procedures, and health education—all in a convenient guide that can fit in a pocket! Full-color anatomical illustrations, labeled in Spanish and English, serve as a handy reference to help patients communicate their needs and concerns. Chapters open with an alphabetical list of common medical terms in English accompanied by Spanish translations. The chapters then address topic-related questions and phrases most commonly experienced by medical personnel when communicating with the patient. Color-coded tabs identify the four main units of the guide for quick and easy access.


  • Color-coded tabs and chapters promote quicker access to terms and phrases and easy application of the Spanish language when communicating
  • Full-color anatomical illustrations, labeled in Spanish and English, serve as a handy reference to help patients communicate their needs and concerns.
  • Chapter-related lists of terms by nouns and verbs, as well as common questions and phrases, provide fast look-up when communicating with the patient.
  • Translated samples of common medical forms provide valuable information in the medical setting by allowing medical personnel to explain the documents to the Spanish-speaking patient with confidence.
  • Students and medical office staff alike can use this pocket-sized guide on a daily basis to make communication with the Spanish-speaking patient easier.

About the Contributor

  • Sandra Marmolejo Romero

    Sandra Marmolejo Romero was born and raised in San Diego, California, and now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked in the medical field for over 35 years and has been a registered nurse for 28 years, holding a certificate as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) for over 10 years. In 1981 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Point Loma University, formerly Point Loma College. Her career includes working in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, and a Registered Nurse (Medical/Surgical Nurse, Infection Control Nurse, Nurse Auditor for the Medicare and Medicaid systems, Quality Nurse Analyst). For three years she wrote grants, built curriculum, and taught in the classroom as a college associate professor for Southwestern College's (SWC) bilingual Medical Assistant Program in San Diego. She moved to Texas in 2008 where she teaches online courses for SWC, and currently serves as a Cardiovascular Data Outcomes Specialist for the Baylor Health Care System. She is extremely proud of her 28 years of marriage and her two grown children.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Handbook.
Basic Spanish Skills.
1. Medical Terminology of the Body Systems.
2. Anatomical Body Parts and Pain Scale.
3. Chief Complaints and Common Diagnoses.
4. Greeting and Scheduling the Patient.
5. Patient Registration.
6. Insurance and Billing.
7. Referrals.
8. Protected Health Information.
9. Vital Signs, Body Measurements, and Patient Intake.
10. In the Examination Room.
11. Infection Control.
12. Administration of Basic Treatments and Therapies with Medical Equipment and Supplies.
13. Laboratory Tests
14. Special Procedures and Diagnostic Studies.
15. Diet and Medication Education.
Index: English to Spanish.
Index: Spanish to English.