Medical interpreting is a highly complex skill that requires knowledge of medical terminology and a strict objectivity of service – no editing, teaching or advocating – so that communication between patient and healthcare provider is totally unbiased and clear. LATN has 20 years’ experience providing this service, particularly in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Optimizing communication for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals in clinical settings is extremely important for a number of reasons, the most important being that miscommunications can potentially lead to misdiagnosis, improper or delayed medical treatment, or even death. Since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, medical offices and hospitals have been required to provide effective means of communication for the Deaf and hard of hearing, not only for medical patients but also for family members and visitors. The ruling applies to all hospital programs and services receiving federal funds, including emergency rooms, inpatient and outpatient services, surgery clinics, educational classes, even cafeterias and gift shops.