Allentown Medical Assistant Students Learn Key Testing Procedures
State-of-the-art medical offices are often the starting point for gathering health information as well as specimens for diagnostic testing. A medical assistant needs to be skilled in acquiring the various specimens requested by the diagnosing physician and prepare them for testing.
In many cases, blood samples are obtained either through venipuncture techniques, or in the case of blood sugar levels, taken via the fingertip using a blood glucose meter.
With samples taken by venipuncture, the vials are often spun in a centrifuge - this is a device the medical assistant trainee must become adept at using. A microscope is also often used to document and inspect blood and tissue samples.