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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Longest Medical Word

Today, we will know about an interesting medical term in medical language. This post is just to know about a different thing in the medical language, though this word is used very rarely in our day-to-day medical transcription work. The longest medical word is "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis"!!!!!.

Can you read at least Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.  Now, we will see the meaning of this word.  To know the meaning shall we split the word by word. Okay. 
1.  Pneumono
2.  Ultramicrosopic
3.  Silico
4.  Volcano
5.  Conosis.

So, Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis comprises of 5 medical words and in combination, they give a meaning of a certain kind of disease condition related to lungs.  Now, we will see the meaning of each to get the combined understanding of the longest medical word.

Pneumono means lungs, ultramicroscopic - means minute, silico means silicon, volcano means eruption, and conosis means abnormal condition of cone shaped.  The whole word can be understood in short as silicosis.  It means ccupational lung disease formed because of inhalation of crystalline silica dust.

In the next post, we will see about some other important thing in the medical transcription business. Okay.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Parts of Speech - Noun, Pronoun, Verb, and Adverb - A Medical Transcriptionist Must Know.

Grammar is very crucial in any language.  A medical transcriptionist must be well-versed in his language skills i.e. writing skills.  This unavoidable skill needs specialized knowledge in English grammar apart from strong listening skills and medical language skills, computer operating skills, and fast typing skills are of having secondary importance to be a successful medical transcription professional.

In this post, we will see about basic parts of speech in English, such as,
1.  NOUN.
3.  VERB.
4.  ADVERB. 
We will see about one by one now.

1.  Noun - A noun is used to denote a name of a person, animal, place, of a inhuman thing in the universe.  For example,
1.  John is a name that denotes a boy. 
2.  Dog is a name that specifies an animal.
3.  San Diego is mentioned to denote a place.
4.  Stone is denoted to specify an inhuman thing.
2.  Pronoun:  In a language, pronoun is used to specify any type of noun i.e. a person, thing, place, or a plant, animal etc.  For example, if John is specified in a sentence, the next time his name can be identified when uses HE as a pronoun.  In this way, HE, SHE, IT, I, YOU, WE, SOME, EACH, EITHER, NEITHER etc., are the pronouns used instead of a noun in a sentence, and so they are all collectively termed as PRONOUN.

Further read about PRONOUN

3.  Verb:  In a sentence, each ACTION part is identified by using VERB.  Action is nothing, but a condition of a subject in a sentence.  For example, run, go, come, read, hit etc.

Further read about VERB

4.  Adverb:  An ADVERB is used in a sentence to change or modify an action or verb, or an adjective, or may be another adverb is called as adverb.  For example, swiftly (speedily), today, regularly, although, again etc.

Further read about ADVERB

In the next post, we will see about other important Parts of Speech items, such as Adjective, Preposition, Conjunction, and Interjection. Okay.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

25 Important Medical Transcription Slangs and Terms

This post is about 25 Important Medical Transcription Slangs and Terms. 

1.  Bili - Bilirubin

2.  Fluoro - Fluoroscope

3.  Retic - Reticulocyte

4.  Chem - Chemistry

5.  Echo - Echocardiogram

6.  Primip - Primipara (first pregnancy)

7.  Cysto - Cysto means urinary bladder

8.  Dc'd - Discontinued

9.  Trach - Tracheostomy

10.  Dig (dij) - Digoxin

11.  Coag - Coagulation rate

12.  Fib - Fibers

13.  Ca (CA) - Calcium

14.  Procto - Proctodaeum (Inward fold on the surface of the embryonic ectoderm)

15.  Lytes - Electrolytes

16.  Cath - Catheter

17.  Mets - Metastasis

18.  Diff - Differential

19.  Nitro - Nitroglycerine

20.  Peds - Pediatrics

21.  'crit - Hematocrit

22.  Lap chole - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

23.  Meds - Medications

24.  tic - Sudden and uncontrolled small movement of the face

25.  Multip - Multiple

In the next post, we will see about important urological terms. Okay. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

8 Important Gastrointestinal Medical Terms and Definitions

This free medical transcription course post explains 8 important medical terms that are used on a daily basis when processing live transcription files as a daily job.

1.  Deglutition:  The process of swallowing food materials is known as deglutition.

2.  Dysphagia:  An abnormal condition of difficulty of swallowing of food stuffs by a person.

3.  Nasal Regurgitation:  Back flow of food material from the stomach to the nose.

4.  Bolus:  Food mixed with salivary juice while chewing food.

5.  Chyme:  Partially digested food material inside the mouth is called chyme.

6.  Achalasia Cardia:  Inability of lower esophageal sphincter to relax.

7.  Orifice:  Opening.

8.  Pneumonitis:  Inflammation of the walls of the air sacs or alveoli in the lungs.

In the next post, we will study about important 20 gastrointestinal medical terms.  To go to the prior post CLICK here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fifth Vital Signs

We have already learnt about normal vital signs, that are taken into consideration while diagnosing a patient's normal physical condition to come into some diagnostic conclusions during physical examination.  Normally, vital signs are temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate.

Apart from these normal vital signs, secondarily some vital signs are also taken into consideration are menstrual cycle, Glasgow Coma Scale, pulse oximetry, and blood glucose levels.  The knowledge of these secondary vital signs are essential while concluding some advanced diagnostics.  We will see about the fifth vital signs one by one.

1.  Glasgow Coma Scale or GCS:  It is a neurological measure of recording a conscious state of a patient in relation to the assessment of the disease condition.  The scores are the lowest of 3 and the maximum of 14 to 15. In common, GCS is calculated in a patient after a head injury to measure the score of consciousness level.

2.  Pain:  Pain is a response stimuli of damage intensity of a patient's physiological or psychological trauma. The more intense the trauma level, the more intense pain response from a patient. So, this is taken as one of the main fifth vital sign to diagnose the trauma level or intensity of a disease.

3.  Menstrual cycle:  This fifth vital sign is used to detect the probability of pregnancy in a female patient. The symptoms upon which a female gets a menstrual cycle are taken into consideration before diagnosing a disease.

4.  Pulse oximetry: This is nothing, but measuring a patient's oxygen saturation level and the maximum is 100%. There are 2 types of blood saturati
ons, such as peripheral blood saturation in short SpO2, and arterial oxygen saturation or SaO2.  Generally, A wrist or earlobe mounted remote sensor pulse oximeter with plethysmograph may be used to measure pulse oximety levels.

5.  Blood glucose level:  Sugar test to identify a patient's blood glucose level is another important fifth vital sign that will reveal how the patient's glucose is converted to energy in the blood stream.  High or low blood sugars are very well understood based on their consequences in the body.

In the next lesson, we will see about Sixth Vital Signs.  Okay.  To go the prior lesson about What are Vital Signs? please click here.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What are Vital Signs ?

In this post, we will study about another important aspect in medical science and knowing about them is very crucial and they are vital signs. In every job we encounter, we will encounter vital signs details without a miss.  Vital Signs are nothing, but clinical measurements of that are helpful in assuring that human body is in normal state of health.

What are the 4 clinical measurements ?

The four clinical measurements of general health state of a patient are:
1.  Heart rate or pulse rate or pulse.

2.  Body temperature.

3.  Respiratory rate.
4.  Blood pressure.

We will see about one by one now.
1. Heart rate or pulse rate or pulse:
Normally, in resting condition, a person's heart rate or pulse is estimated to be around 60 beats to 100 beats in a minute. In fact, the lesser the heart rate, the better heart of health would be. For example, a well-trained sportsperson heart would be around 40 beats to 45 beats a minute.

2.  Body Temperature:

Normal body temperature is also known as normothermia or normothermic condition or euthermia.  Normal temperature standard is 36.5 to 37.5 degrees Celsius or 97.7 to 99.5 Fahrenheit. The temperature above these levels are considered to be fever. The excessive heat condition is called medically as hyperpyrexia.

3.  Respiratory Rate:

Generally, a person may breathe between 12 to 20 breaths per minute, but infants from birth to about 6 weeks of their life normally breathe about 30 to 40 times. A person's respiratory rate may be higher in abnormal conditions such as fever or other illnesses.

4.  Blood Pressure:

Blood pressure is a measurement of amount of blood flows on the walls of the heart. Normal blood pressure standard is 120/80 for adults. High blood pressure if found needs to be controlled to maintain the normalcy of heart and blood vessels, otherwise, it may lead to any threat to the life of a patient.

In the next post, we will study about another term in medical science.


The Longest Medical Word

Today, we will know about an interesting medical term in medical language. This post is just to know about a different thing in the medica...