Medical Translation Services

At A-Sign Interpreters we provide medical translation services for all kinds of settings. If you would like a free quote for medical translation services, please fill out an interpreter request form.

Settings for Medical Translation Services

Medical interpreters work in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals and health departments. Most medical interpreters work full-time in one setting, but many work in multiple settings as independent contractors on an “as needed” basis. The need for medical translation services is important because patients, guests and individuals in the general public may not speak English, or they may feel more comfortable speaking in another language.

Hospitals and other clinical settings that need medical translation services employ interpreters to assist them with communication between patients and medical personnel. Having an employee that can help avoid language barriers improves the quality of care, and lessens fear and confusion for patients. This is especially important in emergency situations, when triage of patients must occur quickly.

The Benefits of Medical Translation Services

The patients are able to easily and sufficiently explain their problem, symptoms or concerns to the interpreter, and the interpreter can accurately inform doctors and nurses. Similarly, medical interpreters help medical professionals when asking patients questions, getting informed consent, explaining procedures and suggesting treatments. Like hospitals, residential and long-term care facilities commonly have an ongoing need for medical interpreters.

Health departments offer seminars or private health education, and need to speak to visitors about medical conditions. Employees of the health department may travel to schools or community-based events to promote awareness and education about a health issue. Medical interpreters can provide unobstructed health education to individuals from different cultural backgrounds.

Medical translation services are a vital part of healthcare communication and education. The ability to effectively and accurately communicate with individuals that speak different languages decreases the chance for errors, and provides help to patients quickly.