RADON 120 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:
- Define the word roots and combining forms used to describe the organs and structures.
- Define suffixes and prefixes in medical words.
- Build and analyze medical terms related to the organs, structures, and systems.
- Explain the meaning of new medical words by defining the elements.
- Explain the radiation therapist’s role in relation to the oncologist, referring physician, hospital administration, nursing personnel, and other hospital staff.
- List and discuss the five principles of the Code of Ethics for Radiation Therapists.
- List the American Hospital Association Patient’s Bill of Rights and discuss the legal ramifications as they relate to the Radiation Therapist.
- Describe factors relative to effective communication with patients of all ages, conditions, and backgrounds; and discuss how professional attitudes and communication affect patient care.
- Describe appropriate infection control procedures to include airborne and bloodborne pathogens, and the radiation therapist’s role in prevention of disease transmission.
- List the three concepts that are applied to body mechanics, and explain the basic principles of body mechanics.
- Compare and contrast medical and surgical asepsis techniques.
- Identify the normal ranges for body temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure; and explain the implication of abnormal vital signs.
- Identify the various medical emergencies that can occur in the Radiation Therapy Department, and describe the signs, symptoms and therapist actions for each.
- Describe the unique care appropriate for each type of special needs patient treated in the Radiation Therapy Department.
- List the drug categories relevant to radiation therapy, and describe their indications and methods of administration.
- Describe the etiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and infectious control guidelines of HIV/AIDS.