Understanding Chronic Disease: Tools for Interpreters
Chronic diseases are often complicated and require numerous visits to various doctors and associated healthcare professionals. In this workshop, we will review, in ASL, the top 10 most common chronic conditions which affect Deaf patients, including heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and more. This session will give you a strong foundation which will be useful in both primary care and specialty appointments, in terms of disease management, testing, medications used, signs and symptoms and more.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Explain the distinctions between chronic and acute disease.
- Describe diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia and their effects on patients.
- Elaborate on at least 3 chronic respiratory diseases, their typical course and treatment approaches
- Discuss the spectrum of chronic diseases and the settings in which they are encountered.
Kimberly Kelstone, CI, CT, RN has been interpreting over 25 years. She is a nurse in an emergency observation unit in Rochester, NY. Specializing in medical settings, Kimberly was involved in establishing the Interpreters in Healthcare member section of RID and has interpreted for countless Deaf patients & their families as well as Deaf trainees and professionals in various healthcare fields. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Midwifery specialty through Stony Brook University. She has presented locally, regionally and nationally on medical interpreting topics, and is excited about the opportunity to bridge healthcare and interpreting through this workshop