Patient care suffers when patients and medical professionals have poor communication. If language barriers between doctors and adult patients are not conquered, misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment are more likely to occur.
To provide effective and clear communication between medical staff and patients, a number of tools are available to assist medical professionals with providing effective communication strategies with their patients.
While learning some basic ASL doesn't qualify you to be an interpreter, it does allow you to engage in conversational communication with a patient and establish a personal connection with them.
ABC's - (A through Z)
This video demonstrates a few signs that can help you get started with talking to a Deaf/Hard of Hearing patient. The signs in the video include:
These words can be used together to create phrases used to communicate some simple information to Deaf patients and family members.
The primary function of the medical interpreter is to make possible communication between a health care provider and a patient who does not speak the same language.
Many health care facilities have their own interpreter services in place for patient use and may even offer assistive technology for patient use during their care at the facility.
WORKING WITH AN INTERPRETER
In a program or meeting: