There are many responsibilities of a care assistant; responsibilities that help keep a patient safe and well. In some cases a care assistant has administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, assisting with supply orders and answering telephones. Care assistants also lay out instruments that are for an examination by a doctor. Once an appointment is done, he or she takes away all tools that were used, sterilize them and replace any covers that need hygienic paper covers.
Also, care assistants also greet and bring patients into an examination room and in the examination room check a patient’s vital signs, check their weight and height and blood pressure, body temperature, pulse and respiration. In addition, care assistants also work with doctors during certain medical examinations. And, under the guidance of a doctor may give injections and hearing and vision tests. At the end of a patient visit, some care assistants also give a patient’s files to medical billing so that the details of a patient’s visit can be submitted for an insurance claim for payment.
It is important to note that care assistants in some cases also escorts patients to various areas of a hospital or other healthcare setting and then returns them to the original location. In addition, care assistants also work to maintain a clean and safe healthcare environment. Care assistants also work on charts that help a doctor when looking over a patient’s condition–specifically if any changes in their condition occur.