RADON 120 Radiologic Sciences Patient Care • 2 Cr.
Class title change starting Summer 2013
Radiologic Sciences Patient Care • 3 Cr.
Explores general care of the patient, emphasizing the role of the radiation therapist in various nursing situations. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:1. Define the word roots and combining forms used to describe the organs and structures. 2. Define suffixes and prefixes in medical words. 3. Build and analyze medical terms related to the organs, structures, and systems. 4. Explain the meaning of new medical words by defining the elements 5. Explain the radiation therapist’s role in relation to the oncologist, referring physician, hospital administration, nursing personnel, and other hospital staff. 6. List and discuss the five principles of the Code of Ethics for Radiation Therapists. 7. List the American Hospital Association Patient’s Bill of Rights and discuss the legal ramifications as they relate to the Radiation Therapist. 8. Describe factors relative to effective communication with patients of all ages, conditions, and backgrounds; and discuss how professional attitudes and communication affect patient care. 9. Describe appropriate infection control procedures to include airborne and bloodborne pathogens, and the radiation therapist’s role in prevention of disease transmission. 10. List the three concepts that are applied to body mechanics, and explain the basic principles of body mechanics. 11. Compare and contrast medical and surgical asepsis techniques. 12. Identify the normal ranges for body temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure; and explain the implication of abnormal vital signs. 13. Identify the various medical emergencies that can occur in the Radiation Therapy Department, and describe the signs, symptoms and therapist actions for each. 14. Describe the unique care appropriate for each type of special needs patient treated in the Radiation Therapy Department. 15. List the drug categories relevant to radiation therapy, and describe their indications and methods of administration. 16. Describe the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and infectious control guidelines of HIV/AIDS.