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Once we upgraded our home by adding a new sound system and home theater system, we found ourselves neck-deep in electrical device problems. It seemed like no matter how hard we tried, we just couldn't figure out how to troubleshoot some of the devices. It was frustrating. Fortunately, a friend of ours took the time to come over and teach us more about figuring out electrical issues. After a little work, we were able to get all of our systems working beautifully. I wanted to make this blog to help other homeowners who might be bad with electronics. Read on to learn how to troubleshoot your gadgets.

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4 Tips To Help You Get Started With Your First Medical Audio Transcription Job

by Summer Li

If you have just received your first medical audio transcription job, you may be excited about embarking on your new career, but may also be a little nervous about taking on a recording from a doctor. If so, use the following four tips to help your first job go more smoothly.

Listen To The Recording Before And After You Transcribe

When you first receive the audio tape or file, listen to the recording from start to finish before typing a single word. This familiarizes you with the content and flow of words. It also gets you used to the speech patterns of the physician, as well as the speed at which they speak. If necessary, listen to it again until you feel comfortable with transcribing.

After transcribing, go back and proof your writing by listening to the file and reading along with it. By having a visual of what the doctor is saying, you can find areas where you may have misinterpreted the speech. This also helps you find any phrases or words you may have missed.

Keep A List Of Common Terms Handy

Before you start transcribing, it helps to have a list of common medical terms nearby to help you understand the phrasing of common jargon and terminology. Also, keep a list of terms that are specific to the doctor's specialization.

For example, if you are transcribing for a cardiologist, you will want a list of terms that relate to the cardiovascular system, as well as diseases and conditions associated with it. You may also want to ask the physician's office for a list of common medications that they prescribe so you can accurately record the names of the drugs for each patient.

Learn To Use The Transcription Recorder's Playback Features

In a perfect scenario, the recording file provided to you will be perfectly clear without any background noise. However, most of the time, you may find areas in the recording where noises around the doctor block out the voice, making it hard for you to determine what is being said. If so, you can use the transcription recorder's playback features to your advantage.

For example, when you have too much background noise, play with the bass and treble of the recording. Sometimes, when the bass is turned down, any thumping in the background is eliminated, allowing you to hear the voice. However, if the doctor's voice is deep, it may help to turn the treble down to bring the voice to the forefront. 

Don't Be Afraid To Leave Something Blank

Even with a list of common terms and medications, you may still come across unusual terms that you are unable to spell. There may also be phrases on the recording that are garbled or you are unable to understand, no matter how many times you play it back.

If you have any problems with a term or phrase, do not be afraid to leave that section of the recording blank and ask for clarification before writing anything down. Because you are transcribing doctors' orders and notes, accuracy is important for patient safety. 

For example, if the doctor is dictating a list of medications for a patient and you are unable to decipher what is being said, leave that part of the transcription blank. Then, call the office and clarify what was said. If they are unable to give you the information, leave that part of the document blank with a note that it was undecipherable.

Using the above tips can help you successfully transcribe your first medical recording. However, if you find that the recordings are low-quality and you have a hard time hearing what the doctor is saying no matter what settings you use, you may want to discuss with them the possibility of finding a better transcription recorder to ensure patient safety, as well as make your future jobs easier.

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