Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Shine Your Light! Be an Inspiration:
Let's talk about the unsung hero of the medical office - the medical assistant!
The medical assistant is a specially trained health care professional that is caring, sharing, and always the very first person to give their best to the employer, medical office team, and their community.
Why I became a Medical Assistant Professional:
- I chose to become a medical assistant because I love working with and helping people and I think that I am very good at it. --- Lakisha Moore
Tell us: "Why did YOU become a Medical Assistant?"
Friday, August 07, 2009
The confusion about what a medical assistant can and cannot do continues, mostly because of the wide variety of training options, differences in programs, and lack of clearly spelled out rules and regulations. Medical assistants are unlicensed health professionals with special training, which means they have the duty to abide by the rules and use ordinary care within their scope of practice. Often, the doctors and supervising nurses in the medical office wonder: "Can I delegate this, or that task to my medical assistant?". This includes the question, whether the medical assistant is allowed to administer medications.
Medical assistants are allowed to administer medications, or hand patients a measured dose for self-administration while under observation IF it has been so ordered by their medical doctor*, or licensed health care professional (*by doctor's, or licensed provider's orders, such as a physician's assistant, or an advance practice registered nurse ONLY).
Medical assistants can administer only oral, topical, or inhalant medications, suppositories, intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections, and medications applied to mucous membranes , such as eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
Administration means the direct application of a medication by inhalation, ingestion, or any other means to the body of a person, including by injection.
To learn more about educational requirements, and practical tips for handling emergencies, and proper documentation visit Medical Assistant Net on the Web. There is lots of additional "scope of practice for medical assistants" info at that web site.