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Product Review: Poly-Lingo Translation Software

Multi-Language Prompter

I had the opportunity to use a trial version of the Poly-Lingo Translation software recently. Poly-Lingo is a “multi-language prompter program designed to remove language barriers and improve patient care.” I used a laptop version that was installed on my local drive from a CD-ROM. Poly-Lingo was developed by Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Kelly.


Poly-Lingo is programmed for touch screen navigation. I was using a non-touch screen laptop, but I was still able to quickly navigate to the questions I wanted to ask. Poly-Lingo is pre-loaded with about 400 questions in eighteen different patient assessment and treatment categories. When you select a question a short audio file of the question is asked. Since most of the questions are Yes/No questions you don’t need to understand the patient’s language you just need to be able to interpret universal expressions for Yes and No.


Check out these Screenshots from to see the friendly user interface.

iPhone App

According to an iPhone app is being developed. An app will allow individual providers to access and use Poly-Lingo without the delays and difficulties of making a system wide software purchase and installation of Poly-Lingo to tablet PCs or mobile data terminals inside the ambulance. A smartphone app will also allow users to easily take the software with them to the patient.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.