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Medical assistants aid physicians by performing administrative duties and handling basic clinical tasks They work in doctors offices hospitals and medical clinics helping to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently The job description of a medical assistant varies from office to office Some assistants do patient and laboratory work exclusively Others are responsible for medical records bookkeeping and answering phones In most small offices medical assistants may handle all these tasks Two essential elements of this assessment will be measuring vital signs and obtaining a medical history Vital signs are measurable life signs The term vital signs usually refers to the patients temperature pulse breathing and blood pressure Because they reflect the patients condition you must take them early and repeat them often The medical history includes information about the present medical problem and facts about the patient that existed before the patient required emergency medical response The first set of vital signs establishes an important initial measurement of the patients condition and serves as a key baseline The clinical tasks of a Medical Assistant vary greatly buy state and other local laws as well as the policies of a medical office or the health care setting were they are employed Some of the supervised clinical tasks of a Medical Assistant may include escorting the patient to exam room carry out patient history interviews take and record vital signs prepare patient for examination provide patient informationinstructions assist with medical examinationssurgical procedures set up and clean exam rooms maintain medical supply inventory restock medical supplies in patient rooms perform venipuncture in certain states administer immunizations also only in certain states collect and prepare laboratory specimens notify patients of laboratory results after evaluation by a physician schedule patient appointments translate during medical interviews with non-English-speaking patients give prevention reminders instruct patients about medications or special diets basic patient medical education perform some basic laboratory tests prepare medications as directed by the office physician assist in performing
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