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Medical interpreters not to be children

A child was enlisted by his mother to translate a doctorsí prescription for medication for her prolapsed uterus, despite not knowing what a uterus was. His further mistranslation caused his mother to overdose on the drugs and experience severe dizziness. California is now seeking measures to avoid future medical misdemeanours such as this by banning immigrant families from using children as interpreters. Hospitals and medical clinics have access to telephone and videoconference translation services, but are concerned about the cost of employing full time interpreters.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Miami Herald

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About: Medical interpreters not to be children

Date: 2 November 2005

Source: The Miami Herald

Author: Garance Burke


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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Medical error
  • Medical error and interpreter
  • Medical error and immigrants
  • Medical error and mistranslation
  • Medical error and overdose
  • Medical error and prolapsed uterus
  • Medical error and language
  • Medical error and child translation
  • Risk and misinterpretation
  • Risk and child translation
  • Risk and child interpreter
  • Risk and interpretation
  • Risk and immigrant
  • Risk and medical error
  • Risk and translation
  • Risk and language

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