Emergency - medical / Les urgences médicales (v)

Useful French vocabulary related to medical emergencies

Vocab

Les urgences A&E / ER
Le SAMU The ambulance service
Une ambulance An ambulance
Une chute A fall
Un accident An accident
Se blesser To injure oneself
Se fouler la cheville, le poignet To sprain one's ankle, one's wrist
Se casser le bras, la jambe To break one's arm / one's leg
Une blessure A wound
Une fracture A fracture
Une crise cardiaque A heart attack
Un accident cardio-vasculaire / un AVC A stroke
Une attaque A seizure
S'évanouir To faint
Perdre connaissance To lose consciousness
En arrêt respiratoire In respiratory arrest
Un coma éthylique An alcohol-induced coma
Un coma diabétique A diabetic coma
L'hypoglycémie Hypoglycemia
Une overdose An overdose
Un traumatisme crânien A head trauma

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

LucienC1Kwiziq community member

Stroke/AVC

A stroke certainly is 'un AVC', but as the order of initials indicates 'un AVC' cannot be 'un accident cardio-vasculaire'; it is 'un accident vasculaire crérébral'

Asked 3 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lucien, 

Indeed the acronym order of the letters should be respected and it should be as you suggest, however, this is how your will hear them called -

accidents cardio-vasculaires

Bonne Continuation!

Stroke/AVC

A stroke certainly is 'un AVC', but as the order of initials indicates 'un AVC' cannot be 'un accident cardio-vasculaire'; it is 'un accident vasculaire crérébral'

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BrianB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Se casser la main

Hi, why is “Se casser la main” “To break one's arm” when main = hand, and bras = arm? Is this an example of a non-literal phrase?

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Thanks for pointing this error out Brian, it has been corrected...

Se casser la main

Hi, why is “Se casser la main” “To break one's arm” when main = hand, and bras = arm? Is this an example of a non-literal phrase?

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