Medical Emergencies in Spanish Speaking Countries


Access to a Medical Spanish file could save your life when traveling in a Spanish speaking country.

There are many benefits in Ecuador’s health care system.

Here are three important tips about Ecuador’s medical care that could be a lifesaver for you.

Tip #1: The cost is low.   Some Ecuador hospitals are also free to all who show up including non-Ecuadorians.  The ambulance services are free as well.

Ecuador’s ambulance service even includes transfers to other hospitals or clinics, even as far away as 100 miles.

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The ambulance service offers fast response… important for those who are in Ecuador.

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The ambulances are fully equipped.

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Ecuador offers many health benefits but one needs to plan ahead.

Take the Cotacachi hospital as an example.  This medical care facility is funded by the Ministry of Health based in Quito and as such ALL services are free. This is quite remarkable in a supposedly “third world country” but the reality is that Ecuador better fits the description of an “emerging country”.

There are doctors providing consultations to the local citizens, a specialist children’s doctor. Services include vaccinations, pregnancy care and general medical practice.

There are four emergency doctors who treat burns and injuries from accidents and also an operating theater with a general surgeon.

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One American guest at our Inn Land of the Sun suffered a heart attack in the middle of the night.  The ambulance rushed him to Cotacachi hospital where he was stabilized. Then he was sent to Ibarra which has a more sophisticated cardiology unit.  After remaining there for several days, he was taken to a Quito hospital for a full recovery.

A couple of years later the same person had another heart attack at his home in Atlanta.  He wrote to me that he was returning to Ecuador because if he had a third cardiac attack Ecuador was where he wanted to be.  His explanation is not just the difference in the cost though. His cost in Ecuador was less than the cost of the toilet paper he used in the US hospital.   He also felt that the big difference was in the way he was treated by the people. In the US he said he felt  “like a piece of meat being processed through a system”.

In Ecuador he felt that the people cared and were concerned with him as an individual.

Not everything is free but prices are so much lower than in the USA.

We discovered this years ago when Merri slipped on the sidewalk in Quito,  fell and dislocated her arm.  Here is what I wrote at the time.

“Everything about this experience was wonderful (as much as a trip to the emergency room can be) from the many people who stopped in the streets genuinely offering help to her, the very understanding taxi driver, rushing wrong ways down streets, taking every short cut, sympathetic and determined to get us there fast.

“At Metropolitano Hospital things really excelled. A doctor met us at the car. The emergency room was calm. Nurses and doctors took immediate action, treated us all gently, letting all of us in the treatment room, discussing what had happened, what was going on, how they would help.

“The dislocation was severe. She did not feel that she should have any drugs or be put to sleep, so they called their top specialist. He was in the middle of Sunday lunch in the country but rushed right down (and stayed three hours to make sure, after the final xrays that everything was okay). Dr. Xavier Ramos, an Orthopedic Surgeon, had studied at the University of Madrid and spent 10 years resetting bones without any anesthesia.  He quickly, confidently and easily relocated the elbow without once asking her to change her mind and accept the drugs.

“Not once until the ordeal was over did anyone mention costs, who or how we were going to pay. The bill for the emergency room, two emergency room doctors, the cast, six X rays, blood tests and miscellany came to a paltry $47.82. The specialist’s afternoon cost $100.

“There was no push, brusqueness or intimidation felt. We were all treated with courtesy, respect and the whole family was involved, informed and welcomed through the entire process. This helped Merri and me know and think it was good for us too, being there and not worrying in the waiting room. Even more surprising were our Ecuadorian friends who somehow heard we were there and showed up to drive us back to the hotel. How they found out is a mystery still, but the ride so warming, making us feel at home.”

Prices have risen but are still so low that many find it hard to believe.  The human touch has not diminished at all.

What is the price for this genuine sweetness, respect for the patient’s wishes and gentle care? This is something money cannot buy.”

Tip #2: The human touch can be a double edged sword.   Take note of this cultural difference.  In the USA tort law and insurance has dehumanized many aspects of human intercourse.   Rules and the risk of litigation (and increased prohibitive insurance) force people to defy common logic.

Because Ecuador has a human touch, the doctor and his awareness and logic are much more in charge.  I know one expat on the coast who is an alcoholic.  He continually ended up in the hospital with problems created by his drinking.   Eventually the doctors refused to provide him with advanced treatment.   The unspoken message was “As long as you drink too much… the treatments will be wasted.  We have limited resources and choose to  give them to those who will not abuse our care”.

This is a different mindset than in many places.  One may agree or disagree, but should be aware of it.

Tip #3: Know where to go and what to say.  When we first arrived in Ecuador we spent some time with an American who practiced medicine in Quito.  His main message was that one can get all the same medical facilities in Quito that you can get in the USA and sometimes more.  However you have to know where to get them.  Unlike the USA where most hospitals have units for each aspect of medicine… Ecuador hospitals specialize.  If you have a medical condition that might need urgent care… you need to find out where that care will be available and figure out how to get there in advance.  Have those instructions in writing prepared in Spanish in advance.

I began thinking about this when our friend, Steve Kelly, sent me a link to a really great Medical Dictionary site.  You can see it linked below.

However it seemed that a Spanish medical emergency kit would be a good idea for travelers in Ecuador or any Spanish speaking country.  So we have put together a small  Medical Spanish PDF file for our Ecuador Living Club members so they can  print and carry when they travel.

We are even suggesting that travelers highlight points in their medical history before they travel so if there is ever any emergency that data is available and easy to see.

The goal is to have a few simple words that will quickly direct medical personal to a problem area of the body.

This has been broken into several parts:

The Problem. This has words such as:  Broken:  roto – Accident: accidentado – Hurt:  doler – Feel:  sentir – Numbness: el adormecimiento – Balance: el equilibrio – Bee sting:  la picadura de abeja –  Burn: la quemadura –          Dog bite – la mordedura de perro

Medical History.   This has comments like:

Age;  la edad  – Anemia;   la anemia – Arthritis:  la artritis – Asthma:  el asma – Cardiac: cardíaco – Crohn’s disease: – la enfermedad de Crohn – Diabetes:– la diabetes –  Kidney stones: los cálculos en los riñones

Symptoms.  Some of the words are:  Agitation:  la agitación – Confusion:  la confusión –  Convulsion: la convulsión –Irregular heartbeat: los latidos cardíacos irregulares – Itch:  picar.

Requirements:  Here we have the words:  Ambulance:  la ambulancia –  Antibiotic:  el antibiótico – Doctor: el médico

Body Parts:  These words act as directors to the problem area.   Arm: el brazo  – Back:  la espalda – Bladder: la vejiga – Ear:  la oreja

Foot: el pie  Hand: la mano  – Head: – la cabeza – Knee: – la rodilla

We have consulted with a US board certified MD to include the most common questions an emergency doctor would ask.  Of all the time I have spent, finding and creating Ecuador information for readers, I hope this is the most wasted… hoping  it will never be used.   However when a medical emergency creates a time sensitive life or death situation access to such a Medical Spanish form may be a lifesaver.

You can create your own 173 word Spanish medical form from the Medical Spanish dictionary or get the kit we have prepared in easy to print format as an Ecuador Living Club member.

Ecuador Living Club subscribers can get their Spanish Medical Form at the club’s password protected site. Just click here.

Learn how to get a password here.

Gary

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Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

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See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

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If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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