Medical Assistants perform many clerical duties.
They answer telephones, greet patients update and file patient medical records,
prepares insurance forms, handles billing and bookkeeping.
Clinical duties vary according to stage law and include
taking and recording vital signs and medical histories;
explaining treatment procedures to patients , preparing
patients for examination, and assisting during examination.
Medical Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform
basic laboratory tests on the premises and disposal of contaminated supplies
and sterilization of medical instruments. Medical Assistants also instruct patients
about medication and special diets, preparation and administer medications as
directed by a physician authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions
to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for X-rays, take
EKG's, remove sutures and change dressings.