The Importance of Spellchecking Technical Writing
by Marvin Magasura
Technical writing is certainly not a new concept. This term refers to any type of communication written for business or industry that focuses on services and products. Most employees within a company had written some form of technical writing – starting from their résumé back when they got the job to the day-to-day emails sent to coworkers.
In fact, given the increase in company email communication, it’s quite rare if a company hires a salaried employee without writing ability.
While these skills might be extremely crucial for any other industry, they play a vital role when manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs. In the pharma industry, if a packaging contains any type of error, it might lead to all kinds of negative consequences for a company.
Complete recalls could be needed, and the brand’s reputation can be destroyed. Employees might be fired, and lawsuits filed or even worse – the mistake could lead to affecting a patient’s health.
However, countless spellchecking tools are coming out each year to prevent such errors. In the pharmaceutical industry, the real challenge is to find one that contains all the necessary vocabulary for this task, that’s why I will be making a case for the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.
History of the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
The dictionary’s journey began in 1833 when Dr. Robley Dunglison, a professor at the University of Virginia and personal physician to presidents Jackson, Madison, Monroe, and Jefferson first published the “Dunglison’s New Dictionary of Medical Science and Literature”.
It wasn’t until 1903 when Dr. Thomas Lathrop Stedman became the main editor and subsequently made thorough revisions to it. The first edition of the new “Stedman’s Medical Dictionary”, along with a concise version called “Stedman’s Concise Medical and Allied Health Dictionary”, was published in 1911.
Published in 2005, the current edition of the dictionary is the 28th edition and adds over 5,000 new definitions and terms to amass the incredible number of 107,000 entries covering a wide variety of topics such as athletic training, exercise science, embryology, massage therapy, health management, medical assisting, occupational therapy, medical transcription, nursing, pharmacy, and more.
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary in Today’s World
Over its long history of being published both in the U.S. and abroad, the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary has become the definitive source for medical terminology. It provides access to one of the most complete resources of medical definitions, terms, symbols, and abbreviations – all available in one book or five of its content-specific segments. It also covers all medical specialties and contains live-action videos and audio pronunciations in its online version.
Using only the leading medical terminology consultants and references in the planet, Stedman’s Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols and the Stedman’s Medical Dictionary offer a comprehensive resource that’s proven to be crucial for both healthcare professionals and other industry sectors, such as pharmaceutical companies.
Actually, the dictionary is currently used to standardize record processing, maintain the accuracy of documentation, compliance with healthcare and packaging regulations, reduce medical errors, ensure the quality of care, and improve patient safety all over the world.
For instance, the Stedman’s Plus 2017 Medical/Pharmaceutical Spellchecker is a new version that contains almost 500,000 bioscience, pharma, and medical terms and includes regular updates on the latest terms to ensure the most current, reliable, and comprehensive content on the market. Given its compatibility with a wide range of word processing tools, this spellchecker is a convenient software for companies that deal with medical documentation.
Good quality content can achieve positive results for any business. By having the necessary tools to make it happen, technical writing seems to be no more challenging than any other kind. When it comes to the pharma industry, Stedman’s Medical Dictionary has proven to be a wonderful tool that safeguards patients’ lives every day.
In spite of that, there’s still something missing – the creation of more industry-specific spellcheckers. While Stedman’s is a perfect fit for healthcare professionals, GlobalVision’s customized spelling inspection tool is perfect for pharmaceutical packaging with its custom dictionary, and other sectors such as food, games or even information and communication technologies.