Arbitrary, symbolic system that labels and categorizes objects, events, groups, people, ideas, feelings, experiences, and many other phenomena.
Almost 1,000,000 immigrants enter the United States every year
Only 26% of Americans are bilingual
The United States is home to people of many different languages and cultures
It is important that everybody communicates effectively
Effective communication is especially important in healthcare
In the United States there is a continuous battle to overcome communication barriers in facilities
Lack of communication and understanding puts patients at risks and enables healthcare professionals from properly doing their job.
Medical interpreters are a valuable resource to have at a hospital to prevent miscommunication.
When interpreters are not available it is important to remember a few key things: