Infection Control and Industrial Safety for Medical Interpreters

Presenter: Linda Golley

Presenter: Linda Golley

Linda has been a health worker for over 40 years. She is an interpreter trainer and community health activist. Before retirement, Linda managed the innovative Interpreter Services program at the University of Washington Medical Center, a division of UW Medicine. She was a commissioner with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI), and served on the State of Washington DSHS LTC advisory board, which regulates the state certification of medical interpreters.

While it is true that their expertise lies in communication, medical interpreters must also be considered part of the health care workforce. And as such, they must acquire the specialized knowledge to be safe members of the health care team.

This training provides an overview of infection control and safety precautions all interpreters should take to minimize the risk of infection and cross-contamination.

This webinar was produced in consultation with the infection control specialists in several major Seattle hospitals, and covers the following topics:
• medical interpreter as vector of disease;
• infection control topics such as reservoir of infection, colonization versus infection, and incubation period;
• necessary immunizations for interpreters;
• discussion of TB testing versus post-BCG symptom check;
• protecting the interpreter from infection;
• protecting the patient from infection;
• personal protective equipment (PPE);
• specific types of isolation for patients on inpatient services;
• particularly vulnerable patient populations;
• industrial safety concepts;
• health worker safety with respect to mechanical danger, dangerous and/or abusive people, chemical hazards, and radiation hazards;
• mental hygiene measures.

It also contains content that would be beneficial for interpreters who are preparing for the CoreCHI national certification exam.

CEUs: 1.5 points with ATA and 1 instructional hour with CCHI.*

Feedback from Participants

"The webinar was super informative. Linda was informative without being boring. The workshop was packed full of relevant information for all interpreters working in the medical field. Also many good ideas are presented on how to show we ARE part of the care team, NOT a separate entity, as many people mistakenly believe. It also shows a side of the medical field that we as interpreters miss out on because we are not trained as nurses or med techs. In just a short time it makes you reflect on your own practices and the impact they have on others in the environment."
Shayla Riggs

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