What is a communication card? This is a tool to help people who are still new to the English language explain why they are in need of help.
This page provides numbers that can be used to contact translators if you need one. You can dial 811 on your own phone for free service. The hospital translation services are not free, but the hospital covers the charges if called on a hospital phone.
This page of the communication card is to help you explain your symptoms, why you are in need of help.
Sometimes it can be difficult to describe body part with language and cultural differences, so this is used to point at the part of your body that needs help.
In Canada, pain is often given numbers to help doctors and nurses understand how they can help you. Many times, a pain scale of 1-10 is used, with ‘0’ meaning no pain, and ’10’ meaning the worst pain. It is hard to describe pain using numbers, but when you give pain a number, it helps doctors and nurses understand what they can use to decrease your pain.
You can print off a copy of this communication card to carry in your wallet, purse, or bag so that if you ever need to use it, you have it nearby!