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Dr. Hands to the ER; Paging Dr. Hands to the ER

Posted Jun 16 2010 12:00am
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As discussed on a recent blog post regarding patients who do not speak English well, it is never appropriate for a family member to interpret.  Medical interpretation requires that interpreters be a separate non-party as to ensure that the information being transmitted is the complete information and without bias.

I have a friend who is a and has accompanied me on several visits with deaf clients.  In fact, I wouldn’t dream of visiting a deaf or hard of hearing client without an ASL interpreter.  Not only would that create unnecessary stress for the patient, but leaves a huge possibility for errors and liability.

If those reasons aren’t enough, it is the law to provide an ASL interpreter for these individuals.

I must say that I have a great deal of respect for the affected patientsthey aren’t asking for millions in damages or for anything other than Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville be forced to provide ASL interpretive services.

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