You don’t need to be a doctor to be aware of medical terminology. As long as you work in or at close counters with the healthcare industry, no matter in what capacity, an understanding of medical jargon will benefit you.
If you have to deal with emergency responders at any point in your life, this awareness of medical vocabulary will help you. You may work in any rung of the hierarchy in the healthcare space; knowledge of medical terminology is indispensable.
Medical terminology was developed to serve as a standardized language to facilitate better communication between medical professionals. Not only does it make medical professionals interact better amongst themselves, but it also makes documentation easier.
So when they have to discuss medical conditions or diagnoses, they are saved from using lengthy English sentences to describe them and can focus instead on the treatment of the patient.
Medical terminology also helps reduce flaws in communication or from improper documentation. The medical team can accurately review the patient’s history and begin treatment, ensuring that other staff knows about any co-existing medical conditions.
Awareness of medical terminology can thus save lives. Although seemingly complicated, all one needs to do is break the words down and understand their origins.