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Thread poster: francis_agui
Apr 6, 2006

Hiya all,

My friend is having her first interpreting assignment at a hospital where she will interpret for someone who is having a pre-operative check. It has not been specified what kind of surgery it will be.

Could you suggest what kind of questions she may anticipate, apart from obvious ones?

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Get the admitting hospital's pre-op questionairre or patient information brochure Apr 6, 2006


Rather than have your friend agonize and flail around with second-guessing, she should ask the admitting hospital to fax to her its own pre-op questionairre / form or its patient information brochure.

Also, if your friend is being engaged and sent by a language services firm to interrpeter during that session, then that firm properly should request such form(s) early and provide that to the interpreter.

The liability issues and concerns about accuracy of inerpretation and patient understanding and compliance -- especially where surgical procedures are involved -- are too profound for an interpreter to have to enter such a situation without that basic advance information in hand.

Your friend might also visit the website for the California Healthcare Interpreters Association (CHIA) at

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and check the site's sections and also pose this question there.

Hope this helps.


Stephen H. Franke
Medical Interpreter and Patient Liaison
Member, CHIA - Los Angeles Chapter

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