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Radio Speaking Guidelines

   1) Reduce background noise

   2) Press the “push to talk” button for 1 second (or more if needed) before speaking

   3) Speak slowly and clearly

   4) Repeat double digit numbers with the individual digits (e.g., 15, one-five)

   5) Keep transmissions brief

   6) Use objective, impartial statements

   7) Avoid slang, codes, or unauthorized abbreviations

   8) DO NOT use phrases like “at this time;” they serve no purpose and waste time

   9) Refer to nursing staff by hospital’s name or sir or ma’am

  10) Refer to physicians by name (Dr. Smith), sir or ma’am or Doctor (not “Doc”)

  11) DO NOT give patient names over the radio

Basic Radio Terminology

 

Affirmative
Yes
Arrival
Unit at its intended destination
Channel
Radio frequency
Clear
Available
Disregard
Cancel last transmission
Frequency
Signal used in radio system
Hold
Remain at location; wait
Monitor
Listen to radio traffic without transmitting
Negative
No
Obtain
Get
Out
Message concluded
Over
Waiting for reply
Patch
Radio connection between 2 parties, an entry notification
Relay
Repeat message to another verbatim
Roger
Message received
Say Again
Repeat last message
Stand-by
Wait without transmitting
Status
Unit’s present activity
Traffic
Communications transmitted