Successful Verbal Communication Using Google Translate to Facilitate Awake Intubation of a Patient With a Language Barrier: A Case Report

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Abstract

Perioperative difficult airway management is one of the most challenging tasks encountered by anesthesiologists. Awake intubation is considered the gold standard in securing the anticipated difficult airway. Effective communication between the anesthesiologist and patient is vital during awake intubation. A language barrier can significantly hinder success and jeopardize patient safety. We report a case of a monolingual Arabic-speaking patient with a difficult airway who required awake intubation to undergo surgery. Google Translate, a free and accessible translation software application, was used during his awake intubation-we recommend such an approach to be considered to reduce anxiety and facilitate success by providing concise, real-time instruction in the patient's preferred language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalA&A practice
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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