Essential Clinical Procedures

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  • Richard Dehn, MPA, PA-C, Professor, College of Health and Human Services; Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Northern Arizona University Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Phoenix, Arizona
  • David Asprey, PhD, PA-C, Professor and Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services, Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Written by foremost experts in the field, the 3rd Edition of Essential Clinical Procedures presents the latest common diagnostic and treatment-related procedures that you need to know as a physician assistant! Clear and concise, this medical reference book leads you step-by-step through over 70 techniques commonly seen in primary care and specialist settings, equipping you to deliver the best and safest care to your patients.
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Physician Assistants and PA students, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Nursing Students, Medical Assistants, and other allied health workers and students.


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-0781-2

Table of Contents

1. Informed Consent

2. Standard Precautions

3. Sterile Technique

4. Blood Pressure Measurement

5. Venipuncture

6. Obtaining Blood Cultures

7. Inserting Intravenous Catheters

8. Arterial Puncture

9. Injections

10. Recording an Electrocardiogram

11. Exercise Stress Testing for the Primary Care Provider

12. Endotracheal Intubation

13. Office Pulmonary Function Testing

14. Nasogastric Tube Placement

15. Lumbar Puncture

16. Urinary Bladder Catheterization

17. Clinical Breast Examination

18. The Pelvic Examination and Obtaining a Routine Papanicolaou’s Smear

19. Examination of the Male Genitalia

20. Joint and Bursal Aspiration

21. Casting and Splinting

22. Local Anesthesia

23. Wound Closure

24. Dermatologic Procedures

25. Incision and Drainage of an Abscess

26. Wound Dressing Techniques

27. Cryosurgery

28. Treating Ingrown Toenails

29. Draining Subungual Hematomas

30. Anoscopy

31. Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

32. Removal of Cerumen and Foreign Bodies from the Ear

33. Corneal Abrasion and Ocular Foreign Body Removal

34. Endometrial Biopsy

35. Foot Examination of the Diabetic Patient

36. Procedural Sedation

37. Patient Education Concepts

38. Outpatient Coding

39. Documentation

40. Giving Sad and Bad News