Tag: down syndrome
Terminology is important, not only for making sure we understand a child's diagnosis properly, but also for providing the best possible care. Getting it right can also help gain the trust of parents and carers who will often know far more about appropriate language use than we clinicians.
Communication is vital to all that we do as clinicians – from the first contact with a patient, through history taking and examination, to initiating treatment and explaining procedures, so we have to do our very best at getting it right. This is perhaps even more important, and more difficult, in the pre-hospital field, where stress levels are high, environments can be unpredictable and time is short.