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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • by Kimmy

Being an Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Assistant is easier than the other healthcare departments for me; At least it is, over where I currently work at. The only tedious job is during those New Patient - Establish Pregnancy Care visits. How does it go?

Every new patient visit, if they are already established with our clinic, my role is to simply review their records and ensure its accuracy and correctness up until that current visit. As a medical assistant, I make sure the patient's height, weight, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and temperature are recorded. Typically, I ask the purpose of the patient's visit. Even though I already know what they are there for, it is always a must to review and clarify before proceeding with the appointment. Sometimes, circumstances change and you will be surprised at the sudden change of purpose for appointments. 

As a new pregnant patient, questions that are also asked are pain, first day of last period, and any travels to Zika areas for the mother and father of the baby. Sometimes, if relatives are coming over to stay with the pregnant woman or patient, we also ask if they have come from or will be coming from a Zika area. 

After medical history has been reviewed and recorded, I ask the patient to leave a clean catch urine for C & S Testing and urinalysis. This tests for pathogenic bacteria in the urine to make sure that there are no problems that could potentially affect the mother and baby in their pregnancy journey. 

After the doctor has seen the patient, I schedule the patient for their next visit (which is usually in 4 weeks until their 28th week of gestation). This will also include an NT Ultrasound scheduling. The Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound screens for anomalies in the pregnancy such as Trisomy 21. This ultrasound is done between 11 - 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

As soon as the provider puts in the urine orders, I process these to be sent to the lab for testing. 

Kimmy is an online blogger who writes about millennials and personal reviews of products, experiences, and services. She also works as a full-time Medical Assistant for the University of Washington Medical Center. She loves to spend time at home with her Mac, Husky, and a cup of coffee.


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