Biohazard Exposure Prevention: Tips for Protecting Yourself

Categories: Phlebotomy

Professionals in the field of Phlebotomy have the responsibility of collecting samples of blood from patients. It is absolutely critical that Phlebotomists use caution – both for their own safety and the safety of others – when performing venipuncture in order to avoid exposure to blood-borne pathogens. During training, aspiring Phlebotomists learn a number of standard safety procedures and precautions that help protect them when performing their duties. These include needlestick precautions, how to handle spills, and proper needle disposal. Needlestick Precautions – If a Phlebotomist accidentally sticks him or herself with a contaminated needle, precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of infection. The Phlebotomist must first remove their gloves, and the site of the needlestick should be washed with soap and water while squeezing to promote bleeding. This is very important as it helps to flush the contaminate from the Phlebotomist’s system. The patient’s name and record…

Medical Assisting Tips: Methods for Minimizing Injection Pain

Categories: Medical Assisting

  For allied health professionals working in the field of Medical Assisting, an important part of the job is working around the fact that most people don’t typically enjoy receiving shots. It is not uncommon for patients, both young and old, to be uncomfortable around needles, leading to a fear of receiving medications via injections or having blood drawn for testing. When giving an injection, Medical Assistants can follow a few simple steps to minimize a patient’s pain and discomfort during the injection process. • Talk to the patient to help them relax. If the patient is tense, their muscles will be difficult to penetrate and will cause the injection to hurt more than it would if the patient’s muscles were relaxed. • Always avoid injections in areas that are sensitive or have hardened tissues, as this is likely to cause the patient pain. • In the case that a…

Resolve for Better Study Habits in 2013

Categories: Uncategorized

As you work toward your diploma or degree in allied health, it is important to develop – and stick to – good study habits. As the year comes to an end, resolve for effective, efficient studying in 2013! These useful tips will help you improve and invigorate your studying routine in the new year: If possible, take practice tests. Taking advantage of practice exams will help you become familiar with the testing format, give you a feel for the types of questions you can expect to find on the tests, and help you recall information. Write – and rewrite – the information. Take the time to handwrite the information you are studying – this will greatly help you to retain and remember the material. Switch between topics. Instead of immersing yourself in a single subject, try switching between a few related topics. This way, you will cover more material in…

Mistakes to Avoid When Filling Out the FAFSA

Categories: Financial Aid

Ready to apply to Arizona College? The first thing you should do is complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for financial support. As you are filling out the application, be sure to keep these commonly made mistakes top of mind when completing the FAFSA. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply. It’s true – the early bird gets the worm. Many students don’t realize that you don’t have to complete your taxes in order to apply for federal student aid, although it will help you get a jump on the FAFSA. You will eventually need to use the correct figures (there is a correction page on the FAFSA website), but to complete the FAFSA, you can use data from the previous tax year to make estimates. Don’t complete the FAFSA by hand – apply online. The site is designed to…

Dental Assistants Assist in Diagnosis of Severe Health Problems

Categories: Dental Assisting

Each year, almost 20 million Americans see a dentist without paying a visit to their regular doctor. For this reason, it is more important than ever for Dental Assistants and other dental professionals to be vigilant and on the lookout for signs of severe health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. According to the National Health Interview Survey taken by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2008, about 26% of children did not see a general healthcare provider during the year, yet more than one third of this group did visit the dentist. This number is similar for adults – one quarter of those surveyed did not see a general healthcare provider, while a quarter of that group did visit the dentist at least once. There is a strong link between oral health and general health, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and this…