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Assist with Pap Smear and Breast Examination

Medicine/Nursing > General Procedures
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The Papanicolaou (Pap) smear is a test used to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous changes in the uterine cervix.

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The Papanicolaou (Pap) smear is a test used to detect pre-cancerous and cancerous changes in the uterine cervix. As a medical assistant in a doctor's office, you may be asked to assist the physician with Pap smears which are often combined with breast examinations as part of regular health screening. This module teaches you how to prepare for and assist with a routine breast examination and Pap smear. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers two scenarios that test your ability to assist with this type of routine examination. You will be required to set up the equipment and hand the physician the appropriate instruments for either a slide-based or a ThinPrep container Pap smear test. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

 

You’ll learn

  • relevant medical terminology
  • correct pre-procedure and post-procedure considerations
  • to visualize the anatomy of the female internal genitalia and the breast, with our anatomical illustrations and 3D model
  • how to perform equipment set-up for a Pap smear test
  • the correct specimen preparation and labeling for a Pap smear test
  • to practice and perfect your skills in how to prepare for, and assist the physician with a breast examination and Pap smear; including patient positioning, correct handling of instruments, and the appropriate transfer and fixing techniques for specimen samples for both slide-, and liquid-based tests.
  • correct recording and reporting procedures
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Assist the physician with the breast exam
Step 3 - Assist the physician with the pelvic exam and Pap test
Step 3.1 - Standard Pap smear test
Step 3.2 - Liquid-based Pap test
Step 3.3 - Pelvic examination
Step 4 - Complete the procedure
Step 4.1 - Prepare the specimen for the laboratory
Step 4.2 - Complete the documentation
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for a Pap smear test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct equipment setup for a Pap smear test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct patient preparation for a Pap smear test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct specimen preparation for a Pap smear test.
  • Describe and demonstrate the correct labeling of the specimen for a Pap smear test.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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