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Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters

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MasterWord is happy to bring you this important, complimentary training, designed by Linda Golley and presented by Certified Trainers and Interpreters, Whitney Gissell and Gabriela Siebach. Training in Infection Control and industrial safety is as vital for medical interpreters as it is for other members of the heath care team. We hope you enjoy this timely presentation of Linda Golley’s material and thank her for her contribution to interpreter education. What interpreters who have taken the training have already said:  “Excellent opportunity for gaining advanced knowledge in a most important subject.” “Thank You! I listened to all of it! Great…

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Will machines ever truly eliminate the need for human translators and interpreters?

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Photo credit: Human vs. Robot by Franz Steiner “Machines will not rival human translators and interpreters until they gain consciousness and social intelligence equal to that of humans. Language can only truly be understood in the context of culture. Culture is a social function and so can only exist among conscious creatures. Therefore, translation of nuanced language involving critical information and subtle cultural entanglements must be left to those who actually understand. Machines will not rival human translators and interpreters until they gain consciousness and social intelligence equal to that of humans.” – Ryan Foley, Manager, Training and Assessments, MasterWord Services, Inc….

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A Lesson in Medical Liability

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Colorado Springs, Colorado January 2007. Two-month-old Luzdeestrella Flores-Rios is checked into Memorial Hospital for a surgery to remove her left kidney. The child’s parents who speak little to no English seemingly consented to the surgery by communicating with the doctor through the couple’s older daughter who speaks English. The couple believed that the procedure would be relatively simple and would help cure their daughter’s condition. This was anything but the case as little Luzdeestrella suffered complete kidney failure, had to be put on dialysis, and placed on a kidney transplant waiting list. In May 2009, the child’s parents sued Memorial…

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