Patient Assessments and Care
Assessments involve checking a patient’s vital signs, performing a physical exam and obtaining the patient’s medical history. Vital signs include blood pressure, pulse, breathing rate, and temperature.
The physical exam involves measuring height and weight, as well as looking for deformities or irregularities on the patient’s body.
A medical assistant obtains a medical history by asking patients questions about their medical conditions, medications, and allergies. MA records any findings into the patient charts and alerts the physician of the results.
consists of helping patients with mobility,
1. A doctor will tell the MA which tests to perform on each patient. An MA follows protocols that explain in detail how each test is to be performed. Protocols are typically written by the doctor.
2. Medical assistants are also responsible for collecting samples for laboratory testing. They draw blood when the doctor orders blood work.
Medical assistants process samples. They pack and ship samples to their appropriate destination.
get the patient ready for testing, treatment, and procedures that the doctor may perform.
follow protocols, which will explain in detail how and when to prepare the patient. For example, has an MA will prepare babies for Circumcision, Tonge tide Procedures and prepared instruments and sterilized.
performed a POC testing, administer Vaccine.
Front office duties for a MA include clerical duties such as filing and answering phones and scheduling appointments. They also greet patients and obtain their personal information such as address and insurance information. A MA compiles patient charts and files them appropriately. keep the office organized, allowing it to run more efficiently.
Patient charts are constantly changing with new information being added and old information removed. An MA is responsible for assuring patient files are complete and intact before and after each visit. place pertinent information like test results, patient history and medication list at the front ensuring the physician is aware of the available information.
schedules patients for appointments and deletes cancellations from the calendar. Keeping an organized calendar is beneficial because it allows the staff to see how well time is managed.
Medical Assistant Task List
While any organization will develop its own list of tasks and responsibilities that are included in their medical assistants’ job included on the list below:
Act as a physician’s secretary
Administer oral and inject-able medications
Assist patients with insurance forms and claims
Assist physicians and other providers with exams and procedures
Call or fax prescriptions to pharmacies
Clean and maintain instruments and medical equipment
Collect data about previous health, medical and surgical history from patients
Collect specimens for lab tests
Document in paper or electronic medical records
Enter data from monitoring and tracking systems such and vaccine and medication refrigerators, sterilization devices and other quality or safety data
Handle and route office mail
Manage medical records
Manage specialty referrals
Measure patent vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, pulse and temperature), height and weight
Order medical and office supplies and medications
Perform billing tasks
Perform in-office lab tests
Perform specialized testing such as Strep A, RSV, Influenza, Occult Blood vision screening, and hearing tests
Provide patient education as directed by the doctor or other providers
Remove staples and stitches
Prepare lab requisition to
diagnostic procedures such as CT scans and MRIs
Stock exam rooms and make sure all rooms are prepared and clean
Supervise other medical assistants