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MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Position Description

 

INTRODUCTION:
The incumbent serves as a Medical Assistant at the designated IHSC Medical Facility.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Initiates and maintains compliance with IHSC policies for accreditation.
2. Provides direct care to detainees.
3. Works within Scope of Practice and performs functions outlined in the Guidelines for the Medical Assistant.
4. Obtains medical histories and completes necessary paperwork on detainees entering the Service Processing Center (SPC) by completing necessary paperwork on them including vital signs. Any medical problems are referred to the RN, Physician, and/or NP/PA.
5. Assists with medical appointments, emergencies and sick call such as taking vital signs and documenting detainees medical complaints.
6. Assists with minor surgical procedures.
7. Documents all detainee contacts.
8. Documents using S.O.A.P. format, followed by their signature and name stamp.
9. Ensures the medical providers orders are implemented.
10. Coordinates health care needs of detainees with other staff members and coordinates referrals to off-site providers as required.
11. Performs record keeping functions in accordance with program policies.
12. Maintains patient confidentiality and confidentiality of medical records.
13. Maintains safety when dispensing medications and is continually cognizant of the potential hazard of drug hoarding and trafficking among detainees.
14. Maintains non-involvement in the security aspects of care.
15. Assures a safe and clean working environment.
16. Assists in the disposal of biologically hazardous wastes on a regular basis.
17. Assists in maintenance of medical equipment and quality control of laboratory reagents.
18. Restocks clinic forms in medical providers offices.
19. May assist in maintaining medical supply stock level, restocking as needed. May order supplies (lab and otherwise).
20. Attends general/medical staff meetings.
21. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
22. If an Infirmary (Short-Stay Unit) is onsite, provides daily nursing care as needed and notifies RN, Physician, or PA/NP of any abnormal findings. Makes beds in the unit.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
1. The incumbent has documentation of certification as a Medical Assistant.
2. Knowledge of and ability to apply medical principles, clinical procedures, and techniques to patient care.
3. Alertness and skill in providing care and reacting to emergency situations.
4. Knowledge of training methods and sufficient interpersonal skills to develop a rapport with patients and co-workers during which instructional and educational information is presented.
5. Knowledge of and participation in established clinic and NCCHC requirements on safety, infection control, quality assurance, maintenance of records of patients seen, statistical information gathering, etc.
6. Practical knowledge of laboratory procedures and guidelines; skill in collecting a variety of samples.
7. If performing as an EKG, or ECG technician, must have been cross-trained to do this.
8. Knowledge of supply requisition procedure and ability to complete requests for equipment repair and maintenance.
9. Maintain current CPR certification.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
1. Works under the administrative direction of the Health Services Administrator (HSA) unless the HSA delegates another provider to supervise him/her.
2. Works under the clinical direction of a physician.
3. May work under the immediate supervision of the charge RN
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Work requires walking, standing, bending, and some lifting, for example to assist patients out of wheelchairs, moving supplies, etc.