Public Health Matters in Medical Assistant Training

The Allen School Blog always covers current events as they relate to public health issues such as outbreaks of disease, pandemic potentials, etc.  We were on top of the Avian Flu and the Swine Flu when those two items were in the news.  We also tracked the spread of the “flesh-eating bacteria” that was on everyone’s mind several summers ago.  We do this because we feel it is important for those taking Medical Assistant training to make a habit of staying abreast of these large-scale public health events.  After all, once you graduate from Medical assistant training courses, you’ll be entering the field where you’ll be faced with the realities of these issues.

Today, we’d like to take a moment to discuss the Ebola outbreak in Africa which has been at the top of the news for the past weeks.  There is a lot of hysterical concern amongst the American public about the possibility of this deadly pathogen turning up on our shores.  This has been amplified by the return of several doctors from Africa to America infected with Ebola.  As a nursing assistant, you’ll need to keep a level head about such things when scared patients come to the doctor’s office or hospital.  Below is a handy flow chart for helping people determine if they should be worried about Ebola in their midsts.


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