1. Contractions are a completely acceptable part of speech and are in no way considered slang or inappropriate. They are also an integral part of dictated medical reports, which are basically informal and filled with brief forms, abbreviations, clipped sentences, and numerous shortcuts. Contractions are neither obscure nor do they take anything away from the transcribed medical document. Thus, in these transcript keys, contractions are transcribed verbatim when they are dictated. Contractions are not provided when they are not dictated.
2. Some transcriptionists recommend expanding all dictated contractions, believing that the use of contractions makes the medical report appear too casual or informal. The transcriptionist on the job would follow the facility's guidelines for use of contractions.