Podcast #25: Care of a Transgender Patient

Run Time: 3 minutes

Author: Dr. Mark Kozlowski

Educational Pearls:

  • There are 700,000 transgender people in US – 20-30% avoid coming to the ER because they feel uncomfortable in the ER and 25-30% are victims of some kind of abuse.
  • It is important to refer to a transgender person by their preferred identity to improve their comfort in the ER and not by their appearance nor what they were born as – no “he-she” or “it” discussion should occur.
  • The ER visit should be focused on the visit and the complaint not the fact that the patient is transgender – 90% of visits have nothing to do with being transgender.
  • Do not assume that transgender person has gone through surgery – most have not.

Link to Podcast:  http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/care-of-transgender/

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