An Hour In … Medical AssistingPerforming lab tests for the first time
Excited to perform her first phlebotomy, junior Paulina Grijalva takes her time as she prepares the equipment. She steps up to the counter and gets ready to draw some blood. "When I got to work, with the phlebotomy arm it was definitely mind blowing," Grijalva said. "I was extremely excited to actually be practicing this at such a young age. It helps me realize that I really want to do this for the rest of my life as a career."
Mrs. Sara Hartwich’s Medical Assisting class recently got to perform multiple lab procedures. Of these lab procedures a phlebotomy, urinalysis, hemoglobin and a glucose test was done. In order to do a hemoglobin and glucose test a blood sample was needed, so students also got to practice pricking fingers.
Taking the time to get the needle ready, junior Julia Cox prepares to do a phlebotomy for the first time. A butterfly needle, a purple top tube and a syringe were needed for this lab test. "I was going through all the steps in my head multiple times, making sure that I wasn't forgetting anything," Cox said. "One silly mistake could have led me to not drawing the right blood or even pricking myself with the needle. I did not want any of those things to happen."
Junior Vincent Ferrera watches as Mrs. Sara Hartwich puts his blood in the HgB tester. His blood was collected by pricking his finger and then squeezing hard enough to produce a drop of blood.
After having his finger pricked and learning how to do it on his own, Ferrera pricks other classmates' fingers. He was able to get the blood right on the mark for the test after two tries. "I was happy that I got to prick my friend Nick's finger," Ferrera said. "I was just hoping that I wouldn't get any of his blood on me."
Pricking a finger for the first time is junior Alyssa Ross with her patient, Elisa Bustamante. This was Bustamante's second time getting her finger pricked, so she was used to the feeling. "I was so nervous, I didn't feel like I trusted myself to prick someone," Ross said. "After I did it, I realized that it wasn't even that bad and it was kind of fun."
Before getting her finger pricked, junior Kaitlan Gutierrez pays attention to the instructions provided by senior nursing students. In order to get or perform a blood test, MA students were taught how to do so beforehand. "I was scared just because my classmates were the ones pricking my finger," Gutierrez said. "None of us had any experience so I was scared that they would mess up because I know that I would've."
After squeezing his finger multiple times, junior Priscilla Oh is able to get a drop of Jose Ang's blood and place it into the HgB tester. After doing the HgB test, Ang moved onto the glucose test. "I wasn't really nervous because in that situation you have to remain professional," Ang said. "I was more worried about my test results and if they were going to be good."
Looking at their results from the urinalysis, juniors Ann Hersehy Tan and Kelsey Rodriguez record them on a flashcard. To perform a urinalysis, a urine sample was taken and then a dipping stick was placed in the sample which would tell the results.
Juniors Brianna Ramos and Alexis Peyraya perform a urinalysis for the first time. Not only had they been preparing for this a week in advance, but they also studied all the possible results of a urinalysis. "The entire day I was trying to hydrate so at the end of the day I drank around five water bottles to prepare," Ramos said. "I was pretty happy with my results because I was very hydrated."