(kidney) dish/tray

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tigerduck

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German / Switzerland
Hello

The item in this stock photo is known as a kidney dish or kidney tray: shutterstock kidney dish - Bing images

In an ESL textbook, the medical assistant/nurse asks the patient to hold the tray below the ear that is getting syringed. My question is whether the medical assistant/nurse could also ask the patient to hold the dish below their ear.
 
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    A dish conjures up the idea of food, so I wouldn't use that word in that context.:)
     

    tigerduck

    Senior Member
    German / Switzerland
    Thank you, Keith. I'm aware of the fact that both terms (kidney dish and kidney tray) are in use. I'm just unsure whether it's okay to tell the patient to hold the dish (just dish by itself as kidney dish seems too technical to use when talking to patients). Does that sound natural to you?
     

    tigerduck

    Senior Member
    German / Switzerland
    Thank you, Edinburgher. Kidney dish (and also kidney tray) is the technical term that medical professionals use, but I agree that it is more likely that a more general word is used when talking to a patient. I'm going to teach my Swiss students do use dish.
     
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