What is medical scribe and what does medical scribe do?

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With the ever-increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) and the higher level of documentation required in EHRs, physicians are needing help maintaining records adequately. The medical scribe is an important part of the health care team typically not directly involved in clinical duties. The scribe serves as the recorder, much like a stenographer in a court room. A scribe is efficient with computers, EHRs and has a good understanding of medical terminology. Also, the scribe must have good listening skills and attention to detail.   When working alongside a physician, the scribe will record almost all aspects of the encounter...


Why I Love Being a Medical Assistant

Female Medical Assistant

Medical assisting was never a job to me, it was a calling. Many medical assistants move on to higher education but I never sought that out because I was so happy with my part in the medical industry. There are so many choices of specialties and types of venues that most anyone can find something and some place that suits them. We have traditionally been locked into office clinics, however we are breaking into urgent cares and even hospitals working under hospitalists.   Assisting providers to make a difference in the lives of the concerned and frightened patients is very..


Preparing Your Patients for an MRI

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As Medical Assistants, one of our duties is preparing our patient for radiological procedures. One procedure in particular can be very trying for a patient: the MRI. Although this is a minimally invasive procedure many patients find it extremely uncomfortable.   Because patients are placed in a narrow tube for this test to be performed, many patients who suffer from claustrophobia, a very common fear of enclosed spaces, have a very difficult time with this test.  Medical Assistants need to inform patients before their appointments that they will be confined in the tube for approximately 60 minutes and that they..


When Do Drug Clinical Trials Cross The Line Of Ethical Behavior?

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Clinical trials for new medications is a valuable tool to test the effects on humans. The most important thing in this matter is whether or not it is harmful to humans. That being said, this comes at a cost. Do these trials cause more harm than is needed? Are they being properly supervised? Is the proper medical care available if something goes wrong?   Clinical trials are simply the act of giving someone a drug and seeing what the effects are. Does it do what it is intended for? What are the negative effects? People are recruited and stay for..


Can You Personally Change A Patient’s Experience At The Doctor’s Office?

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I recently went to a doctor’s office and had a rather lack luster experience when checking in. When I approached the front desk there was another patient checking in so I stood back, waiting to be called. Shortly I saw a hand come out of the window and a flat voice say “Over here.”   I walked up to the window and said “Hi” and was greeted with “Patient’s name?”   I gave the name and once again the hand came out of the window for the ID cards in mine. Cards taken and a clipboard emerged with attached paper..


How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?

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How much water should you drink a day? This is a topic of discussion that I have heard countless times. Ever heard of eight, eight ounce glasses a day? I have too. But how much is the correct/necessary amount? Can you drink too much water? Is it dangerous to drink too much?   Different websites will give different answers. Many will recommend 3 liters on average for men and 2.2 liters for women. The 8x8 rule only amounts to 1.9 liters, which comes up short on both recommendations. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel..


Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

The past few years have brought terrible news of untimely deaths due to prescription medication abuse. People like Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and most recently Prince could still be thriving if we as practitioners fulfilled our positions righteously.   It takes every single medical professional in every role doing their job to the absolute extent of their capabilities to provide quality healthcare. When there is a weak link in the chain, there is system failure. Do not be the wink link. Stay committed to your profession. Make a vow to your patients that you will never stop learning...


Communicating With Patients In Pain

Communicating With Patients In Pain

Think about a time when you were in extremely bad pain, was it difficult to talk? Did you talk in short sentences in between bouts of pain, breathing becoming difficult? Heart beating quickly? You know that communication can quickly break down and misunderstandings and frustrations will be high. Here are some steps which may help communicating with a patient in pain.   Listen: Listening is an important part of communication regardless if there is pain involved or not. Watch with your eyes and hear with your ears so that you catch those non-verbal cues as well as the spoken words..


Working in the field as a Medical Assistant

Working in the field as a Medical Assistant

Many students ask me on a regular basis what it was like to be working in the field as a Medical Assistant. I remember wondering this same thing when I was in school. I knew that I would be performing the skills that I learned in school, but I wondered if I would be doing other skills.   For example, on the first day of my externship, I was tasked to remove staples from the head of the second patient I saw. He had had surgery the week before and was in the office for a follow-up.   Now, we..


Antibiotic Use

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As patients become better consumers of healthcare, they become more demanding of their healthcare providers. Prior to seeking care, many patients often research their symptoms and gain some insight into their possible condition. Turning to the internet may provide insight which can often help but data mining can sometimes lead patients in the wrong direction.   For some patients, when they are armed with information, they often request antibiotics for their self-diagnosed conditions. Often these antibiotics are not warranted but at times providers prescribe these drugs due to pressure from their patients.   Having worked with providers who stand their..