Prescriptions can be Hazardous to your Health

An anemic patient is unable to recover because he isn’t taking the prescribed amount of the supplement given to him by his doctor because he received confusing prescription instructions from the pharmacy. A mother guesses at the dosage of an antibiotic to give her 8- year- old feverish child because she could not understand the…

How a Strong Global Translation Partner Can Help Reduce the Usual Suspects in Medical Device Failures

  Reasons why medical devices fail are numerous. Design flaws, lack of good manufacturing practices, not involving doctors, inadequate cleaning/sterilization of the unit, and reusing devices that should not be reused are all common culprits of medical device failure and should be mitigated before they lead to disastrous patient outcomes. But what about the myriad…

Acknowledging all Family Caregivers

November is Family Caregiver Month, a time to acknowledge the many hardworking individuals who tirelessly support their parents, children, spouses, and friends whose lives have been affected by illness, disability, injury or age. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are over 65 million caregivers in the United States, all unpaid heroes helping individuals in…

Culture’s impact on patient health – and what to do about it

There are a lot of challenges in the doctor-patient relationship.  One that’s becoming increasingly noticeable as society gets more global is cultural differences. Here are just a few ways a patient’s culture affects their health, as well as their relationship with healthcare providers: – Lifestyle.  Certain health issues are more common among particular populations, often…

MEDICAL DEVICE TRANSLATION SERVICES

  FROM WHY TO HOW There once was a time when medical device manufacturers asked themselves “why translate?” but the global markets and international regulatory requirements have altered this question to “How do we get it all translated?” Medical device translations are intricate and require a high level of quality project management in order to…

More than words: How translators and interpreters are saving lives

When I write about translators and interpreters on this blog, it’s usually regarding some abstract issue or debate among them or an interesting story or conundrum.  But there’s another dimension to these professions.  Sometimes translators and interpreters can save lives. Here’s one example: When medications become available internationally, someone has to translate the information brochures…