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Interpreter services critical for emergency care

from HealthDay News via Physician's Weekly

Jay M. Brenner, M.D., from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and colleagues write that about 8 percent of the U.S. population older than 5 years has limited English proficiency. This language barrier can compromise care during a medical emergency. Yet interpreter services may be underutilized because of a lack of hospital resources, a lack of trained and available personnel or a lack of guidelines for emergency healthcare providers in a specific hospital or state. more

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