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Thread poster: yolanda Speece
yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Apr 18, 2005

Does anyone know of any cases, accounts or stories where a poor interpretation or translation resulted in or could potentially result in a medical error?

I remember hearing of one in Miami regarding a young male who showed up at his girlfriend's house and said he was suffering from an "intoxicación" before passing out.(he did not say what he was intoxicated with). The paramedics misinterpreted it to mean drug overdose. This resulted in the patient's current vegetative state. Does anyone know of any other cases like this? Please indicate the source if you have it available. Thanks!


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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
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Poor interpreting in medical settings Apr 18, 2005

Hi,

I found this link

http://www.nwanews.com/story.php?paper=adg§ion=News&storyid=109910

with a couple of examples. However, AFAIK, no professional interpreter has been involved in any of these cases.

HTH.

Sonja


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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A few more Apr 18, 2005

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/111/6/1495

(footnotes provide further links)

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/apr03/0403RA20.htm

The case you mentioned was published: http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1031002276.html

Very interesting related study:

http://www.accessproject.org/downloads/c_LEPreportENG.pdf

Case in Tucson: http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=border_news&story_id=041304a1_spanishinhosp_mai

Lead-ins to these articles start with such an error:

http://www.slhi.org/publications/policy_primers/pdfs/pp-2004-04.pdf

http://ntiaotiant2.ntia.doc.gov/top/docs/nar/pdf/066004023n.pdf

Hope these help.


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