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Do you like being in contact with sharp needles and other sharp objects in the unit?

I am going to be taking Medical Assistant and Office administration and i am just curious of the amount of sharp objects that you be dealing with on other people when they go into the hospital . I am also very interested on extending my timing by taking more classes and advanced training to be in a higher position . #medicine #healthcare #doctor

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Juliet Jaye’s Answer

Sharps safety is one of the most important things you will learn. Many of the needles that are used by MA's and techs have safety devices already built into them, but you must remain 100% aware when handling any sharps! There is always a chance of an accidental finger stick before you activate the safety device, so you have to remain diligent. Also, be aware of your surroundings, making sure no one else has left any sharps in the area unprotected. Remember to always dispose of all sharps into an approved sharps container.

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Valerie’s Answer

Hi Zaira,
This is a great question. It depends which doctor you are being a medical assistant for, but most medical assistants will deal with sharps. I was a medical assistant at a dermatologist office, I would give injections to patients, and also hand the scalpel and blades to the doctor during procedures. We always communicated to each other when there was a "sharp on the tray" or if one of us was moving behind each other with a sharp. Communication is key, and it wiIl lower your chances of being stuck. Just be very cautious with sharps, and everything will be ok. I worked there for 3 years and was not stuck during my time.
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