Patient Care in Nuclear Medicine •
Presents nursing procedures relating to nuclear medicine. Topics include patient assessment, oxygen administration, infection control, intravenous drug administration, vasovagal and anaphylactic reactions, basic pharmacology, sedation, medical and legal issues, and electrocardiography. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
Discuss medical insurance in the United States, administrative structures commonly found in hospitals, and the impact of each on nuclear medicine practice. Demonstrate understanding of basic human disease processes and outline information about symptoms, diagnostic processes, care requirements, and treatment of diseases. Assess patient conditions (physical, mental, and emotional) and identify and describe correct responses to a variety of emergency situations. Discuss care of patients and protection of oneself and others in regard to oxygen administration, infectious diseases, body mechanics, and intravenous procedures. Discuss the uses of statistical tests in assessing efficacy of diagnostic medical techniques, and define and calculate sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of results. Outline the basic concepts of pharmacology, including drug names, time, course of drug action, possible negative effects a drug can have, and the use of reversal agents. Analyze nuclear medicine scenarios that present emotional challenges or ethical questions. Explain and demonstrate how an electrocardiogram is acquired. Discuss in detail the function of the cardiovascular system including sinus rhythm, and identify life-threatening arrhythmias. Describe the effect of exercise and various pharmacological stress agents on the heart and the role these interventions play in imaging.