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Medical Translation Services: Everything You Need To Know!

Nowadays, all types of automatic translation engines are available for free or at a very low price. However, BeTranslated recommends you to think twice before using these tools, especially when technical translations in the medical or pharmaceutical field are involved. In extreme cases, the difference between an algorithm and a professional can mean the difference between life and death.

Why do I need a professional medical translator?

Medicine and pharmacy are two fields in which a lack of precision or, even worse, inaccuracies can have devastating consequences. What could be more dangerous for a scientist than to read over a clinical trial protocol or medical research report to find a string of nonsensical words simply because of a clumsy automatic translation or an unqualified translator?

And what could be more dangerous for a patient than a missing 0, or the use “hypo” instead of “hyper”? Medical professionals place their trust in translators to provide their peers with an accurate, proofread version of their work. A clumsy mistake could result in a patient not receiving the right treatment, or a disastrous misinterpretation of medical practice. Just imagine the consequences of a mistranslation of usage instruction of a surgical instrument or medical test results or a pharmaceutical package leaflet?

One famous case was the shoddy translation service received by an 18-year old patient, admitted to a hospital in Florida in a comatose state. A bilingual staff member (not a language service professional) translated the Spanish word “intoxicado” as “intoxicated” when the meaning is actually “poisoned”. This clumsy translation resulted in the patient being left quadriplegic. He received a compensation sum of $71 million dollars.

With so much is at stake, it is a false economy to take the risk with bilingual staff members and machine translations. Trust in true industry professionals, with expert knowledge in public and private healthcare, clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry as well years of experience in the translation sector.

Who can I rely on for a quality medical translation?

At BeTranslated, we understand the importance of professional translation when it comes to medical and pharmaceutical texts. That is why we only assign specialised translators to medical projects. But what is a specialised translator? In this case, it would be a translator with background studies in medicine or pharmacy or more than 5 years experience in medical translation.

Our expert linguists have a comprehensive understanding of medical and pharmaceutical jargon, the real meaning of technical terminology and language used by healthcare professionals. This assures us and our clients that there will be no risk of the types of mishaps previously mentioned.

Does my translator need to be a medical professional to understand the language?

Not necessarily. BeTranslated, our specialised translation agency, specialises in medical translation and has a large, varied team of native translators working in a variety of languages and sectors. Our expert team provides tailor-made translations in any format from Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to PDF documents and html files. We always find the right translator for your project, with the specialist knowledge and linguistic know-how to provide you with a bespoke, polished final text.

BeTranslated: your international language service provider for medical and pharmaceutical translations

Our professional translation agency has more than 15 years of experience in medical translation and pharmaceutical translation. Our experienced linguists are fully trained in the translation of your clinical trial documents, patient information leaflets, medical device usage instructions, research protocol, informed consent forms and many other types of medical text. Translation services can be provided into and from a wide variety of languages, depending on your needs. We always tailor each project to the specific requirements, budget and time frame of our client.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch for more information or for a free quote today!

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