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The Healthcare Support Services Program. Healthcare Class: What I learned about healthcare. Medical Terminology Anatomy & Physiology - Nervous System, Skeletal System, Immune System, etc. How to take an individuals Vital Signs - Blood pressure, Pulse, Temperature, etc. Infectious Diseases

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healthcare class what i learned about healthcare
Healthcare Class:What I learned about healthcare
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology

- Nervous System, Skeletal System, Immune System, etc.

  • How to take an individuals Vital Signs

- Blood pressure, Pulse, Temperature, etc.

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Infection Control
certifications and training earned in the program
Certifications and Training earned in the program:
  • Infection Control
  • Waste Management
  • Medical Terminology
  • Safe Body Mechanics
  • WHMIS training
  • Workplace Violence training
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Medical Ethics and Confidentiality
medical terminology i learned in the program and at my placements
Medical Terminology I learned in the program and at my placements:
  • Abbreviations

Examples:

NPO = Nothing by Mouth

ER = Emergency Room

SDS = Same Day Surgery

  • Prefixes, Suffixes and Root Words

Example:

Craniotomy can be broken down into Crani / otomy

Crani = Pertaining to the skull

otomy = cutting into

Therefore Craniotomy = cutting into the skull

what is infection control
What is Infection Control?
  • The ability to control the spread on infection
  • This can be done by breaking the chain of infection at any of the links

Ways to break the chain of infection are:

  • Hand washing
  • Taking the prescribed antibiotics till the bottle is finished
  • Properly cleaning patient room
  • Isolating patients with infectious diseases
field trips we took
Field Trips We Took:
  • Ontario Science Center

- Body Worlds

  • Willow Grove Retirement Home
  • General Hospital Rehabilitation Center
  • Eastmount Chiropractic and Wellness Center
  • McMaster University

- Health Research under the Microscope

  • Mohawk Hospital Services

- Where the Hospital Linen is cleaned

skills we learned in class
Clean a wound

Transfer a patient to a chair or commode using a mechanical lift

Transfer a patient to a stretcher using a roll board

Take a patients vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, etc.)

Skills We Learned in Class:
healthcare careers that i have learned about
Healthcare Careers that I have learned about:
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Care for patient with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Responsible for all respiratory care treatments and diagnostic procedures
  • Anaesthesiologist
  • Care of medicine that is used to relief a patients pain
  • Take total care of patients before, during and after the surgery has been performed
working in a hospital
Working in a hospital

Environmental Aides

  • Deliver water and meal trays to patients
  • Stock blood and linen carts
  • Clean patients rooms control infection

- Blue cloth for Bedrooms, Orange Cloth for Bathrooms

  • Terminal Cleans
  • Making hospital beds
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General Portering
  • Bring patients for the ward their on to MRI, Ultrasound, X-ray, etc.
  • Pick a patient up from MRI and bring them back to the ward their on
  • Pick up blood from a ward and bring it to Lab Core or Trans. Med.
  • Take plasma and blood from Trans. Med. up to the specified ward

Operating Room Portering

  • Bring contaminated surgical equipments down to the Central Processing Department (Decontamination) to be cleaned
  • Pick up sterilized equipment from Central Processing Department (Dispatch) and bring to OR
  • Stock green scrubs in the scrubs dispensing machines
my placements
My Placements

McMaster Hospital – Ward 3Y – Medical

  • Environmental Aide

Henderson Hospital – Portering

  • General and OR Portering

General Hospital – Emergency Room

  • Environmental Aide
hospital experiences
Hospital Experiences
  • Met tons of interesting people
  • Watch an Intravenous being put in so the patient could get the vitamin they required
  • Saw a total knee and hip surgery taking place in the OR
  • Watch the beginning on a stem cell transplant
people i have met
People I have met
  • Judy who is an environmental aide and has worked in the hospital for many years
  • Lots of doctors, nurses, environmental aides, porters, and many more
what i have learned
What I have learned
  • How to properly clean a patients room
  • How to properly don and remove personal protective equipment (gown, mask and gloves when entering isolation rooms.)
  • You have to speak loudly and clearly when speaking to patients that are hard of hearing
  • If I have the ability to work in a hospital setting
most important skills required for work at this placement
Most important skills required for work at this placement
  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Independent
  • Good time management skills
skills that i could transfer to other work environments
Skills that I could transfer to other work environments
  • Proper body mechanics
  • How to interact with people of all ages
  • Importance of washing your hands
  • How to properly manage your time so everything that needs to get done gets done
specific tasks that i completed at my placement that i learned from class
Specific tasks that I completed at my placement that I learned from class
  • Roll board transfers
  • Medical terminology
  • Cleaning Techniques (Blue cloth for bedroom and orange cloth for bathroom)
  • Infection Control
  • Waste Management ( how to properly dispose of different waste. Example: Tissue, organs and body parts not including teeth, hair and nail would be put in Biomedical: Human Anatomical Waste)
most significant part of my co op placement was
Most significant part of my co-op placement was:
  • Know that nursing is the job for me!
  • I’m capable of interacting with patients and staff
  • I can handle the site of blood
  • I’m capable of working hard to help others
the thing that affected me the most at my placement was
The thing that affected me the most at my placement was
  • The people affected me the most
  • They can tell you first hand what its like in the hospital for them (pros and cons)
  • Give you advice for the future
i would recommend this program to other students because
I would recommend this program to other students because:
  • Excellent opportunity to experience the medical field
  • See if your meant for a career in healthcare
  • Prepares you for a career in healthcare
  • Learn about other healthcare careers other than a doctor or nurse