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Medical Office Clinical Procedures

Course Number: MA 123
Transcript Title: Med Office Clinical Procedures
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 30, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default)

Prerequisites

MP 111, BI 122 or BI 233, MTH 60 and placement into RD 115 and WR 115

Corequisites

MA 124

Course Description

Covers examination room techniques, assisting the physician with examination, treatment, minor surgery, methods of asepsis and sterilization, and the proper care of equipment and supplies. Prerequisite: MP 111, BI 122 or BI 233, MTH 60 and placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Concurrent enrollment MA 124.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply techniques that ensure sterility and quality control in a medical setting.
  2. Prepare the patient for physical examinations and procedures, including surgical and diagnostic procedures and assist the physician.
  3. Apply general knowledge of vital signs, documentation, medications, medication administration, specimen collection, ECG and spirometry.
  4. Communicate professionally with patients, families and members of the healthcare team.
  5. Determine chief complaint utilizing interview skills and patient assessment.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate these learning outcomes by answering theoretical and application multiple choice questions on information covered in lecture and reading assignments. Students may complete a variety of assignments to demonstrate understanding, including group work, case studies, and homework assignments.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be a combination of lectures, case studies, and individual and group work. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in written and oral form, individually and in groups.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following list outlines the concepts, themes, and issues students need to understand and be able to use appropriately. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate understanding in written and oral form, individually and in groups.

1.0 GENERAL PREPARATION FOR EXAM

Develop knowledge and skill to prepare patients for, and assist physicians in the examination of patients; and to perform basic diagnostic tests. Perform vital signs. Perform correct hand washing. Wrap items for autoclaving. Perform sterilization techniques. Dispose of biohazardous materials. Practice standard precautions. Perform visual acuity testing with the Snellen chart. Perform screening test for color blindness. Perform screening test for audio perceptions. Practice positioning and draping patients for examination. Prepare examination trays and assist the physician as requested.

2.0 DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATIONS

Develop knowledge and skill to prepare for and assist physicians in specified examinations, as performed in various specialties. Practice using and performing spirometry. Understand how to interpret basic results of the respiratory exam. Present the physician with a clean, professional and legible report.

3.0 MINOR SURGERY AND OTHER MINOR OFFICE PROCEDURES

Develop knowledge and skills to prepare patients, and equipment for minor surgery and assist physicians in the operating room, maintaining asepsis, infection and quality control. Understand the importance of cleanliness and asepsis in a medical office. Develop proficiency in hand washing. Gain proficiency in putting on sterile gloves after a surgical scrub.

4.0 ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY

Develop knowledge and skills to perform electrocardiography from the preparation of the patient to the mounting of a diagnostic tracing. Understand the electrocardiograph, its operation and relationship to the patient. Development of proper technique in obtaining electrocardiograms. Develop and understanding of artifacts, how they relate to the electrocardiograph and how to identify and avoid them. Practice in mounting the recordings of the ECG's so as to present them to the physician in a legible, professional, standardized form and to preserve them in good condition for quick reference in the future.

5.0 EMERGENCIES

Enable the student to identify and treat emergencies in the office and practice safety in prevention of office emergencies. Students will understand provider level CPR certification and first aid.

6.0 THERAPY AND PATIENT INSTRUCTION

Develop skills and knowledge to enable students to administer basic physical therapy modalities and instruct patients as directed by physician employers. Apply sterile dressings. Apply bandages to finger, hand, foot, arm and leg neatly and with enough tension they will remain in place. Understand the application of ultrasound and application of hydrocollator packs. Understand the administration of immediate care for soft tissue injury. Perform crutch fittings and demonstrate a three‐point gait.

7.0 X‐RAY CONCEPTS

Provide knowledge so the student can understand and discuss basic radiology use and safety and instruct patients in preparation for various x‐ray exams.

8.0 SUPPLIES: ORGANIZATION AND CARE

Provide knowledge so that the student understands the basic concepts of establishing and maintaining a supply inventory of all expendable supplies and equipment in a physician's office.

9.0 INJECTIONS

Provide knowledge and skill to enable students to prepare patients for injections. Understand a physician's order to administer an injection. Prepare an injection from an ampule, single or multiple dose vial. Identify the correct route and site of administration. Administer medication by subcutaneous, intradermal, or intramuscular routes.

10. MEDICAL DOSING CALCULATIONS

Provide knowledge and skills to receive a medication order and translate that into correct doses using proper mathematical applications. Identify correct units of measurement and proper documentation.

Related Instruction

Computation

Hours: 25

Outcomes:

  1. Apply techniques that ensure sterility and quality control in a medical setting.
  2. Prepare the patient for physical examinations and procedures, including surgical and diagnostic procedures and assist the physician.
  3. Apply general knowledge of vital signs, documentation, medications, medication administration, specimen collection, ECG and spirometry.

Activities:

Content (Activities, Skills, Concepts, etc.): provide details or specifics

  • Perform clinical competencies as required by the accrediting agency in a medical setting
  • Student calculate body temperature both manually and electronically
  • Student calculate body size ratios of newborn in conjunction with the normal standards and then graph those results
  • Student calculate which size blood pressure cuff to utilize in regards to patients size
  • Students calculate the angle of the needle in all parental injection to make sure they are entering into the correct layer of the body
  • Students calculate and evaluate Immunization records to see when patients are due for follow up vaccines
  • Students evaluate cardiac cycles and relate them to normal heights and lengths of the QRS waves on an electrocardiograph
  • Students calculate the temperature needed for different types of surfaces that will be autoclaved and then input that information into the computer/autoclave
  • Students calculate reading different sizes of hypodermic syringes from insulin syringes to 60ml syringes

Department Notes

This is a required course which fulfills a portion of the curriculum for the certificate in Medical Assisting. The extent of transferability or credit allowed for the course would be dependent upon the institution and the program to which the student is transferring.