CMA Practice Test 2
Testing for which of these does not fall under the chain of custody procedures?
Chain of custody procedures must be followed for legally sensitive tests. If you're involved in such tests make sure that all paperwork is correctly filled and that you have correctly signed off your part of the testing to the next person in the chain.
Which of these applies to a person issued with a subpoena in a medical law case?
People may often have reasons to avoid appearing in court cases. This is why courts have the power to issue a subpoena that compels a person or organization to appear and give evidence. Subpoena means, in Latin, “under threat of punishment”, and failure to obey such an order may incur legal penalties.
Petty cash may NOT be used for which of these purposes?
Petty cash is the sum of money held in the office to meet immediate office running needs. It should not be used for staff loans or advances on salary; borrowing from petty cash without authorization, even if there is a genuine intention to return the borrowed sum, could be classified as theft.
At the beginning of each working day, you should check appointments…?
However good an office's systems may be, it is good practice to check appointments with each team member every day. This ensures that all staff are well prepared and should eliminate double bookings, cancelled appointments etc.
In Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s theory, how many stages of grief are there for a patient diagnosed with terminal illness?
Kübler-Ross proposed that any person facing death goes through five stages of grief, these being denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Knowing which of these stages a patient is in will help you to assist them. It’s important to note that Kübler-Ross explained that these stages may occur in any order and may be repeated.
Which of these is not part of the measurement of vital signs?
The monitoring of vital signs comprises monitoring temperature, respiration and pulse. However, at the same time as monitoring the vital signs any other abnormal signs should be noted, for example excessive sweating, trembling or incoherence, and reported if necessary.
When a physician asks you to write up their record consultation, you are acting as a…?
Medical transcription is often part of a medical assistant's duties. Special care should be taken with accuracy when undertaking transcription and you should seek the physician's guidance on any matters that are unclear or terms that you do not understand.
Who is generally responsible for making sure that medical personnel keep their professional status up-to-date?
It is vital that all medical personnel are up-to-date with all applicable licenses, certificates etc. A medical office should keep a thorough record of these matters and issue reminders to staff when updates are required; the office itself can be held responsible if it is employing staff whose licenses etc. have lapsed.
If a patient is displaying any abnormalities in their vital signs, how should this be reported?
All abnormalities in vital signs could be crucial indicators that a patient needs immediate treatment. Any abnormalities must be reported to a physician immediately.
If something is described as “dilated”, it will be…?
Dilated means opened, expanded or widened. Medical examples include dilated pupils and dilated cervix (during childbirth). A derivation is dilatation, which is a medical procedure, e.g. esophageal dilatation, a procedure to widen the esophagus.
When placing electrodes for an ECG test, which of these is the only factor that does not require consideration?
An ECG test requires a clear flow between electrodes: any thickening of the skin or metal objects may impede this. Do not place electrodes over piercings, scars or stents or in such a way that these elements may interfere with results.
What are drugs designed to cause vomiting called?
Drugs that cause vomiting are called emetics. They are often used for patients who have deliberately or accidentally consumed harmful substances, or substances in harmful doses, e.g. alcohol, painkillers. When administering an emetic remember the process of vomiting may leave the patient dehydrated and take steps to prevent this.
If a drug is administered transdermally, it is received how?
Some drugs can be administered transdermally via a patch on the skin. This can be a good option for patients who are frightened of needles and for those requiring a steady release of a drug over time.
Which of these refers specifically to the study of ways of coping with death?
Derived from the Greek Thanatos, the personification of death, thanatology investigates both physical and psychological aspects of end of life. It can be very useful both in helping patients approaching death and in assisting the bereaved.
Used sharps should be disposed of in what?
Every year some institutions will be caught disposing of contaminated sharps in ordinary trash or non-approved containers. This increases the risk of infection for garbage collectors and the general public; never cut corners if it's your responsibility to dispose of sharps, always insist on an FDA approved container.
The limbic system of the brain is responsible for the regulation of ___________?
The limbic system is comprised of several brain structures that are responsible for regulating emotion, behavior and motivation. Motor movement is a function of the motor cortex and speech production is housed in Broca's area. Metabolic processes is a very broad term that is not directly related to the limbic system. Therefore, the correct answer is "Emotion".
What is the primary function of melatonin?
Melatonin is the key hormone in regulating sleep and wake cycles, or the body's circadian rhythms. Pigment is regulated by melanin and protein synthesis stimulation is the function of the human growth hormone. The fight or flight response is stimulated by the release of catecholamine hormones, like adrenaline. The gonadotropins are responsible for sperm and egg maturation. Therefore, the correct answer is "To regulate sleep/wake cycles.".
A discharge summary report must include what?
A discharge summary report may include all of these details, but it is essential that it include details of the patient's final condition. If this is not provided, ensure you obtain it from the patient's physician. When this is not properly recorded it could open the way to legal action should the patient develop later complications.
What does the Department of Health say that the chance of catching HIV from a single needlestick injury is?
Although every precaution should be taken to avoid needlestick injury, and treatment should be sought immediately should one occur, the risk of contracting HIV from a needlestick injury is extremely low. The Department of Health calculate the risk, when a medical worker has been stuck with a needle contaminated with HIV+ blood, of contraction as being 0.3%, i.e. it will happen three times in every 1000 incidents.
If a condition has the suffix –penia, it means…?
-penia is a combined Latin/Greek form, meaning poverty, i.e. lacking. Medical examples include leukopenia, a lack of white blood cells, glycopenia, lacking sugar (in tissues) and thrombocytopenia, lacking platelets in the blood.
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