Sunday, 6 November 2011

¿Dónde le duele?

LA LÍNEA (Europa Sur) It's a brilliant idea. If you don't know what the title means, you can use the pictogram designed by two young nurses at the La Línea Hospital.  Amanda Muñiz, 23, and Óscar Carretero, 29, work in the Emergency unit at the hospital, where crucial questions are asked as a patient is brought in to triage. But if the patient has a speech impediment or doesn't understand Spanish, those crucial minutes can have a drastic result. So an idea was born. There are tables of words in different languages, translated, but pictures are much quicker. ¿Dónde le duele? becomes Where does it hurt? in seconds rather than minutes. Their idea has been taken up by the health service of Andalucía, and may well expand to others throughout the country. Now then, can you find ¿Está embarazada? on the chart? Don't be embarrassed if you can't...

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