- The Importance of a medical assistant Workbook
- What’s New in the Third Edition?
- How to Use This Workbook
- Section 1: Foundations of Medical Assisting
- Section 2: Medical Terminology
- Section 3: The Medical Record
- Section 4: Infection Control
- Section 5: Pharmacology
- Section 6: Diagnostic Testing
- Section 7: Principles of Treatment
Today’s medical assistant Workbook is designed to help you succeed in your medical assistant career. The workbook contains information and exercises on a variety of topics, including Medical Terminology anatomy and physiology, and administrative and clinical procedures.
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The Importance of a medical assistant Workbook
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics, and group medical practices. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. As a medical assistant, you will perform administrative and clinical tasks that keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. The administrative tasks may include answering telephones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, handling correspondence, filing insurance forms, and handling billing and bookkeeping. Clinical tasks may include taking and recording vital signs such as blood pressure and preparing patients for examination, taking medical histories, explaining treatment procedures to patients, assisting with office procedures such as minor surgery or injections, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests on site under the direction of a physician or other health care provider, incorporating electronic health records (EHRs) into daily office routines as directed by a physician or other provider
Your workbook is an important tool that will help you complete your medical assistant training successfully and become a competent medical assistant. This workbook has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have learned in the textbook to real-life situations. As you work through each chapter in this workbook you will find application activities that will test your knowledge of the material in the textbook as well as Activities that reinforce understanding of specific concepts.
What’s New in the Third Edition?
We are excited to bring you the third edition of Today’s Medical Assistant. In this edition, we have updated the material to reflect the latest changes in medical assisting and added many new features to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable.
Here are some of the highlights:
– New full-color illustrations and photos
– Updated information on electronic health records, social media, and other relevant topics
– New activities and exercises sprinkled throughout the text to help reinforce key concepts
– A refreshed design with an emphasis on readability
Whether you are new to medical assisting or have been in the field for a while, we hope you find this edition of Today’s Medical Assistant to be a helpful resource in your career journey.
How to Use This Workbook
This workbook accompanies Today’s Medical Assistant, 3rd Edition. The workbook consists of activities and exercises designed to reinforce key concepts and skills taught in the textbook. The workbook can be used alongside the textbook or as a standalone resource.
The workbook is divided into four main sections:
– Section 1: Fundamental Skills
– Section 2: Administrative Procedures
– Section 3: Clinical Procedures
– Section 4: Exam Review
Each section begins with an overview of the topics covered. The overview includes a list of specific objectives that correspond to the content in the section. As you work through the activities and exercises in each section, keep these objectives in mind to gauge your understanding of the material.
At the end of each section, you will find a review quiz. These quizzes are meant to serve as a check for understanding before moving on to the next section. The answers to the quiz can be found in the back of the workbook.
Finally, there is a comprehensive exam at the end of the workbook that covers all of the material covered in textbook and workbook. The answer key for this exam can be found online at www.cengagebrain.com. We recommend that you complete this exam after working through all four sections of the workbook.
We hope you find this workbook to be a valuable resource as you learn more about medical assisting!
Section 1: Foundations of Medical Assisting
This workbook is designed to help you review the material covered in Section 1 of Today’s Medical Assistant, 3rd edition. In this section, you’ll learn about the foundations of medical assisting, including the history and scope of the profession, professional organizations, and ethical and legal issues. You’ll also explore career paths in medical assisting and learn about the skills and knowledge you’ll need to be successful in this field.
Section 2: Medical Terminology
In this section, you will learn some of the basic principles of medical terminology, which will help you to better understand the language of medicine. You will also learn how to pronounce and spell medical terms. After completing this section, you should be able to:
– Define medical terminology.
– Explain the importance of medical terminology.
– Pronounce and spell common medical terms.
Section 3: The Medical Record
In this section, you will learn about the medical record, its contents, and how to use it. The medical record is a legal document that contains a history of the patient’s visits to the healthcare facility. It includes a demographics sheet, progress notes, laboratory results, radiology reports, and other information. The medical record is used by the healthcare team to plan and provide care for the patient.
Section 4: Infection Control
As a medical assistant, it is important that you understand and follow proper infection control procedures to protect both yourself and your patients. This section of the workbook will cover the basics of infection control and provide you with an overview of the most common infections and how they are spread. You will also learn about standard precautions, which are a set of infection control procedures that should be followed when working with any patient.
Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites, that can be spread from person to person. Infections can also be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, or through contact with infected animals. Some infections, such as the flu, can also be spread through the air.
The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to practice good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands thoroughly and often, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated. It is also important to get vaccinated against infections that can be prevented by vaccination, such as the flu and hepatitis B.
Standard precautions are a set of infection control procedures that should be followed when working with any patient. These procedures include hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and safe handling and disposal of contaminated materials.
Hand hygiene is the single most important measure for preventing the spread of infection. Hands should be washed:
-Before and after having direct contact with a patient
-Before putting on gloves
-After any contact with blood or body fluids
-After removing gloves
-After handling contaminated materials
Section 5: Pharmacology
This section will introduce you to the study of drugs, their classification, and how they work in the body. You will also learn about common medication errors and how to avoid them. By the end of this section, you should be able to:
– Define pharmacology and list the four main categories of drugs
– Discuss the five rights of medication administration
– Describe the process of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME)
– Understand how medications are metabolized by the liver
– Identify common drug interactions and contraindications
– List at least three types of medication errors and explain how they can be prevented
Section 6: Diagnostic Testing
Now that you have a good understanding of diagnostic testing and its importance to the medical field, let’s dive a little deeper into some of the most common types of tests. As you read through this section, keep in mind that not all tests are available at all times, and that your physician will ultimately decide which tests are best for you based on your individual symptoms and situation.
Blood Tests: Blood tests are often used to measure levels of substances in the blood that may be signs of disease, such as sugar (glucose) levels in diabetes, or iron levels in anemia. They can also be used to check kidney and liver function.
Urine Tests: Urine tests may be used to test for substances in the urine that may be signs of disease, such as high levels of protein in kidney problems, or high levels of sugar in diabetes. They can also be used to check for infections.
Imaging Tests: Imaging tests use X-rays, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), ultrasound, or other technology to create pictures of the inside of your body. These pictures can provide important information about the structure and function of organs and tissues. Imaging tests may be used to diagnose conditions such as cancer, heart disease, or problems with organs or bones.
Biopsies: A biopsy is a procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed from the body so it can be examined under a microscope. Biopsies can be done on many different parts of the body, such as the skin, liver, lung, or kidney. They are often used to diagnose cancer or other diseases.
Section 7: Principles of Treatment
The goal of medical treatment is to cure or relieve the symptoms of a disease or injury. In order to do this, doctors and other medical professionals must first diagnose the condition. Once a diagnosis has been made, the medical professional will develop a plan of care. This plan of care will outline the steps that need to be taken in order to treat the condition.
There are many different principles that guide the decisions made when developing a plan of care. These principles include:
– First, do no harm: The Hippocratic Oath, which is taken by all doctors, includes the phrase “first, do no harm.” This principle guides all medical decision making and requires that any treatment given does not make the condition worse.
– Primum non nocere: This Latin phrase means “first, do no harm” and is another way of stating the principle above.
– Beneficence: This principle requires that doctors take actions that will benefit their patients. This includes not only choosing treatments that are effective, but also taking measures to prevent future harm.
– Nonmaleficence: This principle goes hand-in-hand with beneficence and states that doctors should not actively do anything that will cause harm to their patients.
– Autonomy: This principle gives patients the right to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. Patients have the right to refuse any treatment they do not want and should be given all of the information they need to make an informed decision.
– Justice: The principle of justice requires that people be treated equitably and fairly. This means that people should not be denied treatment because of their race, religion, ethnicity, or any other protected characteristic.