DETAILED TOPICAL OUTLINE:
I. Introduction to Medical Assisting
II. Introduction to Medical/Surgical Asepsis (Standard III)
- Hand washing
- OSHA Guidelines
- Standard Precautions (PPE)
- Infection Control Techniques
- Infection Cycle
- Medical/Surgical asepsis
- Quality Control
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
III. Nutrition and Diet Therapy (Standard I)
- Intake and Output
- Ethnic/ religious dietetic education
IV. Vital Signs (Standard I)
- Cardinal signs
- Temperature, Pulse, Respiration, Blood Pressure
- Anthropometric measurement
V. Medical Records Documentation (Standard IV)
- Patient Privacy
- Diversity respect for patients and families
- Documentation of patient care and patient education
VI. Protective Practices (Standard XI)
- Identify safety techniques that can be used to prevent accidents and maintain a safe work environment
- Describe the importance of Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in a healthcare setting
- Identify safety signs, symbols and labels
- State principles and steps of professional/provider CPR
- Describe basic principles of first aid
- Describe fundamental principles for evacuation of a healthcare setting
- Discuss fire safety issues in a healthcare environment
- Discuss requirements for responding to hazardous material disposal
- Identify principles of body mechanics and ergonomics.
- Discuss critical elements of an emergency plan for response to a natural disaster or other emergency
- Identify emergency preparedness plans in your community
- Discuss potential role(s) of the medical assistant in emergency preparedness
I. Obtain Vital Signs (Standard I)
- Measure and record temperatures using the following equipment
- Disposable thermometer
- Digital thermometer
- Tympanic thermometer
- Locate pulse sites on a person.
- Measure and record a radial and apical pulse.
- Measure and record respirations.
- Measure and record blood pressures using an aneroid sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope.
- Document the measurement of all vital signs in patient’s chart.
- Demonstrate procedure for cleaning and disposing of all supplies for taking vital signs.
- Select correct size of blood pressure cuff for the individual patient.
- Use your knowledge of a standardized patient’s medical history to determine which limb to use to take a blood pressure.
II. Infection Control (Standard III)
- Participate in training on Standard Precautions
- Practice Standard Precautions.
- Select appropriate barrier/personal protective equipment (PPE) for potentially infectious situations
- Perform hand washing
- Prepare items for autoclaving
- Perform sterilization procedures
III. Medical Record (Standard IV)
- Document patient care
- Record/document vital signs and chief complaint on progress notes.
- Prepare a source-oriented and problem oriented medical record.
- Document patient education
information concerning a chronic condition using medical terms
appropriately and in language the patient can understand.
- Document patient education on a procedure to follow prior to and after having surgery.
IV. Protective Practices (Standard XI)
- Comply with safety signs, symbols and labels.
- Evaluate the work environment to identify safe vs. unsafe working conditions.
- Develop a personal (patient and employee) safety plan.
- Develop an environmental safety plan.
- Demonstrate proper use of the following equipment:
- Fire extinguishers
- Sharps disposal containers
- Perform first aid procedures
Explain an evacuation plan for a physician’s office
- Participate in a mock environmental exposure event with documentation of steps taken.
- Demonstrate methods of fire prevention in the healthcare setting
- Use proper body mechanics
- Maintain a current list of community resources for emergency preparedness
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Assessment of student performance may include but is not limited to
The student will demonstrate clinical patient care in the skills lab,
e.g., taking vital signs using a Completion Check-off List.
student will demonstrate medical back office procedures in the skills
lab, e.g., setting up an exam room using a Completion Check-off List.
3. Student will need to complete each objective successfully.
Theory applications will be evaluated by weekly quizzes, chapter tests,
and a final exam. Questions could include short answers, multiple
choice, and true false:
What is the name given to a tiny living plant or animal that cannot be seen with the naked eye?