Monday, November 22, 2004


Kevin,MD ( recently discussed a newday article about medical interpreters:,0,7003540.story?coll=sns-ap-health-headlines

Many smaller hospitals do not have trained interpreters available. Often family members/friends are pressed into service. This can create problems:

"We had a case where a patient was being treated for a venereal disease and asked the doctor how she could have contracted it. The doctor explained it, but her husband, who was interpreting, told her that she got it from a public toilet," Sala said.

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