Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Medical assisting comes in two forms: clinical medical assisting and administrative medical assisting. A good medical assistant could perform both tasks depending on the needs. Generally, medical assistants make things easier for doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners they are working with in the healthcare setting. They bring efficiency and effectiveness in the work environment.

Clinical medical assisting is more on keeping record of medical history and documenting vital signs of patients, preparing the patients and explaining to them what to do before they get to see the doctor, as well as helping physicians when they are handling their patients. Clinical medical assistants could be in charge of collecting and preparing sample specimen for laboratory testing and they know basic laboratory tests procedure. They assist hospital or clinic staffs in sterilizing clinical instruments and tools.

When trained and advised by physicians, clinical medical assisting could also involve the task of instructing patients on their medication and diet, they could also administer patient’s medication, could sometimes draw blood, and help patients take laboratory procedures such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, stress test, etc. They could assist in replacing dressings, cleaning wounds, and removing suture.

Administrative medical assisting could be more on office works such as front-lining or serves like a receptionist for clinics or hospitals as they are receiving incoming patients who are up for check up or treatment. They are the ones to keep patients’ medical records as well as to properly file and update it. They help doctors and patients to arrange the things needed when admission on hospital is needed. They fixed the schedules and appointments of doctors and patients, and they could also be in charge of the billing. The task in administrative medical assisting is somehow less of a medical setting compared to clinical medical assisting.

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