The clinical duties of a Medical Assistant include:
- Taking Patient Medical Histories: Recording information about patients’ medical backgrounds including past illnesses, surgeries, and medications.
- Assisting With Patient Examinations: Preparing patients for examinations, taking vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature, and assisting the healthcare provider during the examination.
- Administering Medications And Injections: Under the supervision of a healthcare provider, Medical Assistants may administer medication or give injections to patients.
- Collecting And Preparing Laboratory Specimens: Taking blood, urine, or other samples from patients, labeling them correctly and preparing them for laboratory testing.
- Performing Basic Laboratory Tests: Conducting basic laboratory tests such as urinalysis, EKGs (electrocardiograms), and phlebotomy (drawing blood).
- Assisting With Minor Surgical Procedures: Preparing the surgical area, sterilizing instruments and assisting the healthcare provider during minor surgeries or procedures.
- Removing Sutures And Changing Dressings: Assisting in the removal of sutures or staples and changing dressings on wounds or incisions.
- Providing Patient Education: Offering information to patients about medication dosage, diet and exercise, or post-surgical care.
- Managing Medical Equipment: Maintaining and sterilizing medical instruments and equipment as well as ensuring they are in proper working order.
- Maintaining Patient Records: Updating and organizing patient medical records including documenting patient visits, procedures performed, and test results.
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