The international language around the world may be English but not in the world of health care. You need to know another language called medical terminology. It is all about medicines, body and its connected ailments.

Fluency in this language is a must for those who work in this field. Not an easy task, but you need it. Asking why? Well, it is because many terms in the medical world seems and sounds similar, but they are way different from each other.

For example, the doctor advises the nurse to prepare for a colonoscopy session and she brings the tools necessary for an oral surgery. When asked why, she replied, “Doc, you had asked to prepare for a colonoscopy. So that is what I did.”

The doctor told her,” You have brought all tools necessary for an oral mouth surgery called coronectomy and not colonoscopy.  These are completely different.”

For those who don’t know the difference: Colonoscopy involves using a colon scope to check the muscles and inner lining of the intestines whereas Coronectomy is all about protecting the alveolar nerve in the mouth during the wisdom tooth extraction surgery. 

Just look at the harm the nurse would have done if not checked by the doctor! She would have begun with the preliminary tasks of cleaning the mouth and even giving local anaesthesia. This is the same case with all personnel who deal with medicine, from nurses to doctors, to the pharmacist, medical interpreters, medical billing and coding specialists and medical transcriptionists.


What does Medical Terminology include?

It is a vast ocean of knowledge about medicines, treatment procedures, body parts, and organs, various types of care and also it contains a large list of clinical proceedings that need to be observed during various phases of hospital care. 

For those who are thinking it is just English, true it is English but not the one what we normally use. Every term in Medical Terminology needs to be thought carefully and then used as it involves the life and health of people and animals. 


The Importance and benefits of Learning Medical Terminology

It is necessary that you know the accurate meaning of the context where the medical terminology is used and these are the reasons for this:

Right Treatment: A health care professional not only undertakes tests, and records the results, but also have to understand what the patient feels and recognize the symptoms. These have to be accurately written in their hospital records using the right medical terminology, so that the right treatment is undertaken.

Saves time and money: Medical terminology is the means of communication for patients. In case a patient has to be transferred from one hospital to another, it is his/ her files that speak for them. No need to waste time and money again as it will be gruesome process for the patient. So, make sure to record all the details of the patient with accurate medical terminology.

Insurance Claims: Accurate entry of details will be necessary for the patient to obtain insurance claims. If wrong medical coding, or medical terminology or incorrect description of treatment is provide it will pose to be a problem for the patient to reimburse their claims.

Use of Abbreviations: Next time you visit the doctor; do look at how they enter your details in the patient file. It will be entered in the form of abbreviations and they too are a part of medical language.

There are terms that may look similar at a glance, but will mean exactly the opposite, so make sure all who deal with the medical world are knowledgeable in this regard; or else patients will have to face the consequences.