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MEDICAL / PHARMACEUTICAL

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With a background in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, I can help convert your texts into clear and coherent English. I provide a range of medical and pharmaceutical translation services with a specific expertise in vaccines. Having worked as a scientific writer for vaccines, I am conversant with most vaccine preventable diseases, public health programmes, epidemiological studies and health policies. I have a special interest in global health issues and development, and I enjoy applying my knowledge to my work with international organisations, government agencies, NGOs, etc., in both the pharmaceutical, and medical sectors.

 

MACHINE TRANSLATIONS

Health information is one area that requires a skilled translator. According to a study in 2020 at the UCLA Medical Center, Google Translate still isn’t reliable enough to use for medical instructions for non-English speakers. Although the translated instructions were ~80% accurate you only need one error to slip through and you could end up with a medical emergency. One example cited in the study was the instructions for insulin use. “take in the evening at bedtime” was mistranslated to “take at night and bedtime.” This is a high-risk medication that may cause a hypoglycemic event if taken twice.

MEDICAL / PHARMACEUTICAL ERRORS

SOME LANGUAGES REQUIRE NUMBER TRANSLATIONS
SOME LANGUAGES REQUIRE NUMBER TRANSLATIONS

In France, 450 cancer patients received excessive radiation exposure with 7 patients dying. The instructions had been translated into French incorrectly and the doses of radiation were miscalculated.

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GOOGLE TRANSLATE SAYS IT IS NOT FOR MEDICAL TRANSLATIONS
GOOGLE TRANSLATE SAYS IT IS NOT FOR MEDICAL TRANSLATIONS

The Virginia Department of Health’s website uses Google Translate to provide Covid information to non-English speakers. Spanish-readers were told that the COVID-19 vaccine was 'not necessary' instead of 'The vaccine is not legally mandated but we recommend that you get it once it is available'.

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EVIDENCE OF POOR PLANNING AND PRIORITIES
EVIDENCE OF POOR PLANNING AND PRIORITIES

Victoria, Australia to spend $14 million on more multicultural coronavirus support after translation bungles. Translations of COVID-related information at both the federal and state levels revealed a mix of inconsistent and incomplete messaging. In this poster about face masks Farsi and Arabic were combined.

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I translate and can certify the following documents:

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