Pop Quiz Friday

 

During a fire, we use the acronym R.A.C.E. What does the R stand for?

A.  Remain calm

B.  React

C.  Relay message

D.  Rescue


Put your answer in the comment section below. 

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Will You Take The Coronavirus Vaccine?


Some hospitals might mandate their employees to take the vaccine, just like some require them to take the flu shot.

Last year I made a video talking about whether you should take the flu shot.



I think the pushback and the fight will be even more vicious if the Coronavirus Vaccine is required simply because people are highly suspicious of this virus and its numbers (people testing positive, or dying) and because it hasn’t been tested long enough.


And do not think that hospitals will not try to force their employees to get the vaccine. Hospitals depend on Medicare money, and if Medicare says everyone has to take it, then the medical facility might do what they say.

Filing (Excerpt From Steps to Becoming a Medical Secretary )

The key to a great day is to get your filing done immediately. Don’t think, “Oh, I have eight hours to go. I’ll file later.” Later might not come. The thing about hospitals is that the situation can change at any time. There could be a pile-up on the highway, a disease outbreak, or God forbid, a terrorist attack. 

        Example: At the hospital where I work, filing is not a big deal because our hospital is going paperless. So that means that the lab results and imaging results are on the computer.


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Working During a Disaster (Excerpt From Steps to Becoming a Medical Secretary)

Sometimes there will be situations when something tragic will happen, and our job is to be prepared. Whether it is a tornado that pops up in the Midwest or a train that derails in your town, you need to be ready.

 Your hospital will have a code for situations like this, and if you are there when it is called, this is the time when you jump into action. 

 After first making sure that you will not be needed somewhere else in the hospital, the next thing you need to do is make sure that the printers are filled with paper because there may be a ton of discharges for the patients who are “well enough” to go home so that the hospital can use those rooms for the injured patients. 

Next, go get empty charts that are lying around in case you need them because you never know if the “single room” will soon become a “double room” (so instead of 20 patients on your unit, you now have 40). 

Next, make sure that there are plenty of physician order sheets and progress notes for the doctors to use. They may not have time to log into the computer and may need to write the orders on a physician order sheet. 

Next, be prepared to stay longer than expected. Your shift may not end at the scheduled time. Your replacement may not be able to get there in time, or leaving may not be an option.

You will probably be required to do things outside of being a medical secretary, such as helping the discharged patients gather their belongings and wheeling them down to the main entrance. You may be required to go to another floor and help them out.

Hey, you may even be required to run down to the cafeteria. And grab some food for the nurses.

        The point is you must be ready!


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Different Patient Types (Excerpt From Steps to Becoming a Medical Secretary)

  

You will also experience different types of patients. You will have an elderly patient. You will have a noncompliant diabetic patient. You will have the seriously ill. You will have a patient that was in a traumatic car accident. You will have drug addicts. You will have smokers that leave the unit a thousand times a day to go outside and smoke. 


It will be hard for you to understand why some people are in the hospital when it seems like they do not want to be helped.


Some people go to the hospital because they need a place to stay. You will see a lot of homeless people that treat the hospital as a hotel. They do have a legitimate health issue, but they do not take care of themselves. Sometimes it is because they lack money or insurance.


All of this comes with the territory.


This is something that you will have to get used to. Personally, when I see patients who are frequent flyers, it upsets me, but I do understand that they do have medical issues.