As part of the medical assisting curriculum, SBBCollege medical assistants are required to be skilled, knowledgeable, and well-versed on medical tools, both simple and complicated. Many of the instruments that the students learn are ones that are in a primary care physician’s office: stethoscope, scales, blood pressure meter, examination tables, and many other instruments that you might commonly see in a doctor’s office.
The Medical Assistant students received a list filled with different instrument tools. They were required to memorize each of the medical tools and understand the functions of each one of them. For instance, there are multiple scissors: surgical, lister, suture; and each one has a different purpose. The surgical scissors are used to cut tissue, while lister bandage scissors have a round tip which is used to slide under bandages for cutting the wrap without injury the patient.
The list of forceps was even longer! Main forceps are medical tools that are designed to grab small objects, tissue, or scraps. These can be different shapes and sizes too: straight, curved, and with different serrations at the tip. The tissue forceps have more grip on the tip to have a grasp on gauze and wrap material. There are also dressing, towel, splinter, thumb, and bayonet ear forceps, just to name a few.
After the Medical Assistant students learned each of the medical tools on the list, they were required to wrap each of the instruments to insure that they were sterile. This is to make sure that they are ready for procedures. After the student practices how to wrap properly, the instructor will supervise and provide instruction on areas of improvement or if they completed the wrap well. Our instructors want to ensure that each student understands the importance of sterilizing each of the medical tools and the difference between all scissors, forceps, scalpels, and medical instruments used in a hospital setting.
At SBBCollege, we offer a fast-track medical assisting program that students can complete in just about 9 months. The program includes hands-on training and instruction in the medical labs, as well as on-the-job training during externship. As a medical assisting, student you will master skills in administering injections, medical terminology, venipuncture procedure, instrument use, and much more!
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