MEDICAL / PHARMACEUTICAL
If you are looking to reach the wider scientific community, expand public health awareness, increase market share, attract investors, or simply need your medical records translated for personal use, I can help convert your words into clear and coherent English. With a background in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, I provide a range of medical and pharmaceutical translation services. 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 would like to help you communicate with a wider audience.
A Note on Machine Translation: 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, a single error could create 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 hypoglycaemic event if taken twice.
I translate and can certify the following documents:
What Can Go Wrong ?
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.
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'.
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.