Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Free videos for the Deaf community

Pharmacists who struggle to communicate with ASL-speaking patients can direct them to new resource.

Just in time for International Week of the Deaf, the last full week in September, VUCA Health, a company based in Lake Mary, FL, has launched a website that features videos demonstrating proper administration of certain medications presented in American Sign Language (ASL). The videos can be accessed for free  HERE, and cover topics such as injecting medications subcutaneously, using inhalers, and applying fentanyl patches.

David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA, the company’s CEO, said that “in our country, we have an issue with low health literacy.” Deaf patients, he said, are particularly affected, and difficulties in communicating can prevent pharmacists from providing them with the highest quality of patient care. That’s why Medvedeff and VUCA Health decided to create the videos.

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