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DMS 102 - Intro to Clinical Experience:Patient Care and Ethical/Legal Issues

Credits: 2
3 Lecture Hours 3 Lab Hours 28 Practicum Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance to the DMS Program, BIO 161 , BIO 162 , ENG 101 , MAT 108  and PHY 100  
Co-requisites: DMS 105  

This course is designed to offer the student a first hands-on clinical experience. In the clinical setting the emphasis is placed on familiarizing the student with imaging equipment controls, transducer position relative to the anatomy to be scanned, scanning techniques for the various protocols and patient care procedures. The lecture portion of this course presents the physical and emotional assessment of the patient, medical asepsis, body mechanics, medical emergencies, professional ethics, medical and legal issues as well as relative medical/legal terminology. The lab portion consists of demonstration and practice in these areas. The clinical portion of this course introduces the student to the healthcare setting and enable students to scan patients. This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate. This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. List basic needs of the patient.
  2. Identify all safety factors that must be considered when moving a patient.
  3. Assess physiological factors and select appropriate care in an emergency.
  4. Perform hand washing technique.
  5. Describe the purpose for reporting an incident.
  6. Describe the procedure for incident reporting.
  7. Describe the activities needed before, during and after the sonographic examination.
  8. Describe the properties of the ethical and legal parameters of the sonographer’s role in a medical setting.
  9. Cite the Scope of Practice for Sonographers.
  10. Explain the following medical/legal terms: informed consent, tort law, negligence, omission and commission, Respondeat Superior (Latin), assault and battery, assumed consent and Res Ipsa Loquitur (Latin).
  11. List the caring and communication techniques identified for sonographers.
  12. Explain how truthfulness and confidentiality are handled in the clinical setting.
  13. Perform the ancillary duties to the ultrasound examination.
  14. Provide a safe and clean environment to every patient present for sonograms.
  15. Demonstrate effective communication with the various hospital personnel in order to facilitate the the total care of the patient.
  16. Apply proper scanning techniques to create basic images of the heart and abdominal structures.
  17. Manipulate basic controls on the equipment while performing an ultrasound examination.
Listed Topics
  1. Basic needs of all patients while in the Ultrasound Department
  2. Body mechanics
  3. Medical and legal terminology
  4. Ultrasound equipment set-up
  5. Professional ethics
  6. Medical and surgical aseptic techniques
  7. Basic scanning techniques and manipulation of the controls on ultrasound equipment
Reference Materials
Textbooks, journal articles from library, video tapes and CDs located in DMS Lab and lab equipment
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/10/2014

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