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Clinical Procd for Medical Technology Specialists

2010 Edition, October 13, 2010

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  • Revision: 2010 Edition, October 13, 2010
  • Published Date: October 13, 2010
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 362
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Preface: Medical Procedures for Allied Health Professionals

The medical system in the twenty-first century grows ever more complex on all fronts. Technology develops rapidly, with patient diagnostic and treatment equipment becoming more capable, faster, more flexible, and more interconnected. Research constantly brings new or refined techniques of diagnosis and treatment, and modes of delivery are refined to try to keep pace. The level of acuity in most hospitals continues to increase so that patients are often sent home who would have been in general wards in the past, patients in general wards are those who would have been in intensive care, and those now intensive care may not have survived at all just a few decades ago.

As the front lines of medicine advance, the supporting team grows larger and more comprehensive, and it becomes critical that all of the team members have a grasp of the functioning of the system as a whole. This means not only seeing the "big picture," but also having a working knowledge of the various subsections of the system. A knowledgeable team can interact more effectively, and understanding helps avoid confusion and potential errors. At one time, hospital staff consisted solely of doctors and nurses. Support staff were added to do cleaning and facility maintenance, laboratory and x-ray technologists came into the picture as technologies advanced, biomedical engineering technologists and respiratory therapists provided support for specialized equipment, and physiotherapists were available for treatment and rehabilitation. Specialization grew, with individual lab techs working only on blood chemistry or pathology or urinalysis. X-ray techs became radiology techs, then diagnostic ultrasound, CT, MRI, or nuclear medicine specialists. A cardiology tech might focus only on stress testing or ambulatory ECG monitoring.

Just as nurses can use patient monitoring equipment better if they understand the basic principles of operation of the various components, biomedical engineering technologists can more readily help with setup and troubleshooting of the equipment if they have some knowledge of why the patient is being monitored and what the parameters signify. A respiratory technologist can discuss surgical cases with an anaesthesiologist more readily if they understand why the surgery is being performed and what some of the potential complications might be. Imaging technologists can fine-tune exposures and patient placement if they know something of the disease processes being investigated, and can thus work with radiologists more effectively. Dieticians can help with patient meal plans if they have a working knowledge of previous and future treatment plans and current patient conditions.

This text provides an overview of the most common medical procedures performed in modern clinical settings. The material is arranged as an encyclopedia, with entries in alphabetical order using a common name.

Specialized terms are avoided where possible in order to make the material accessible to a wide range of readers.

A consistent format is used with procedure descriptions. Common names of the procedure are given, followed by an outline of the disease or injury for which the procedure is performed. Anatomical structures and pathological and physiological processes that are involved are listed, but not in great depth because this information is available from many other sources. Staffing requirements are outlined, as well as equipment and supply needs. Any preprocedure requirements are listed, and then the procedure itself is described, followed by a discussion of expected outcomes or results and some of the potential complications.

While a number of other texts describe medical procedures from a nursing or physician perspective, these sources tend to have more detail than is required for paramedical professionals. Excess detail tends to obscure any message.

Other material, important to the primary caregivers but not necessarily to support staff, is included in these alternate sources. Such considerations as informed patient consent and education, medical billing, and communicating good and bad news to patients and families are vital for nurses and doctors but much less so for laboratory or medical records technologists.

Appendices include the above-mentioned glossary, as well as some general anatomy, a table of normal values, a bibliography, and a listing of Internet resources.

The author and publisher strive to produce texts that are current, accessible, relevant, and useful to the intended audience. If you have any suggestions for future editions of this text, please contact the author at: Chilliwack General Hospital, 10333 Royalwood Blvd., Rosedale, BC, V0X 1X1, Canada; ljstreet@shaw.ca.