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The medical assistant examines the broken bone of an eight-year-old child. The assistant feels multiple separate pieces within the break. This break would be classified as:
Erythema may be caused by any of the following EXCEPT:
carbon monoxide poisoning.
The medical assistant creates a new chart for a patient who has just been introduced to the practice. The patient will be seeing the physician for the first time next week. The office policy is to use a bright yellow sticker to show that this is a new patient. This situation represents a method of:
During an exam, the physician wants to check the pupils of the eyes. The medical assistant hands the physician a(n):
The medical assistant is asked to collect a coagulation study, a blood glucose test, and general blood cultures on a patient. The colors of the tubes she will need are:
lavender, blue, and pink.
gray, light blue and red.
gray, light blue, and yellow.
pink, green, and lavender.
Which of the following documents would be most appropriate to be put in the shredder?
The previous patient encounter.
A piece of scrap paper listing exam room numbers only.
A patient’s x-ray, newly received by the office.
A copy of lab results that have already been received and filed for a patient.
CLIA is an abbreviation that stands for:
Common Licensure Interface Act.
Clinical Laboratory Improvements Act.
Clerical Labor Interests Act.
Criminal Law Intervention Act.
Which of the following benefits of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is one that protects patient privacy?
It includes password protection that can be granted when an employee is hired, and revoked if that employee leaves the practice.
It may be accessed by the physician from a handheld device even if the physician is not in the office.
It enables providers to exchange records in a more cost-efficient manner.
It is organized chronologically and provides for a more complete patient history.
Which of the following patient characteristics is a component of the patient’s social history?
The patient drinks a glass of wine once a week.
The patient has had her gallbladder removed.
The patient has a father who died of heart failure at age 65.
The patient weighs 132 lbs.
A patient who is diabetic begins to complain of headache and dizziness in the waiting room. A blood sugar measurement reveals it is 42. The medical assistant:
gives the patient some peanut butter crackers initially.
lays the patient down to increase blood pressure to the head.
gives the patient a glass of orange juice initially.
Which of the following acts regulates the minimum wage and standardizes the number of hours an employee is allowed to work?
The Fair Labor Standards Act
Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
In order to respond most effectively to sudden, serious cardiac arrest, what equipment should be on hand in the medical office?
An AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator)
IV catheter insertion kit.
If at all possible, the medical assistant should schedule follow-up appointments at which stage in the current visit?
After the medical assistant takes pre-appointment vital signs.
Via telephone the day after the patient’s appointment.
At the time the initial appointment is booked.
After the physician examines the patient and makes a recommendation.
The medical assistant is preparing for a sterile procedure. When applying sterile gloves, she opens the peel pack. The correct action to take next is to:
tuck the thumb into the palm and slide the hand into the glove.
pick up the cuff of the non-dominant hand.
open the inner sterile pack using the tabs.
slide the fingers of the gloved hand under the other cuff.
A mother calls the office and says she thinks her toddler has ingested some cough syrup that was in a bottle under the sink. The medical assistant directs her to:
call Poison Control and follow their directions.
wait and observe the child for an hour to see if treatment is necessary.
immediately go to the hospital.
immediately come in and have the toddler seen.
The developmental issue in Erikson’s theory of generativity vs. stagnation occurs for:
The temporal pulse is located:
on the forehead.
on the back of the knee.
in the armpit.
in the neck.
All of the following are parenteral routes of medication administration EXCEPT:
The physician finishes with a patient at 9:15am and discovers his next patient is not scheduled until 9:45am. The physician must wait until that patient arrives and is registered. This problem is known as:
building physician patience.
The primary care physician for whom the medical assistant works has just diagnosed the patient with emphysema. The medical assistant knows that the patient will most likely be referred next to a(n):
Which of the following is the primary function of the thymus before the age of two?
Remove carbon dioxide.
Trap bacteria and foreign bodies.
Secrete thymosin to cause T-lymphocyte maturation.
A patient comes into the physician’s office complaining of lightheadedness and fatigue. Suddenly the patient falls unconscious to the floor, and then wakes up after about five seconds. The medical assistant documents the event as (a):
While writing a letter, the medical assistant stops to check her own writing for correct grammar. Which of the following issues would need to be fixed?
A colon that is used after an independent clause in a sentence.
Medical abbreviations lacking a full description.
An apostrophe that is used when abbreviating a decade.
A semicolon that is placed between two short but complete sentences.
A three-year-old child is to be examined by the medical assistant. To assist the child and improve communication, the medical assistant should:
offer the child your stethoscope to listen to his own heartbeat.
ask the mother to wait in a separate area while an immunization is administered.
give the child a lollipop as a distraction.
remind the child that he is a big boy now and can be brave for a little shot.
Which of the following lab results would be most essential to estimate clotting ability?
WBCs (White Blood Cells)
A patient does not show up for his appointment, nor is there any record of him calling to notify the office that he will be unable to make it. This appointment would be classified as:
cause for dismissal.
A pregnant patient arrives at the clinic and says she needs the lab results that determine “whether or not my blood will attack the baby.” The medical assistant knows she is referring to:
the blood cultures.
the fetal alcohol test.
the Rh antibody test.
the CBC (Complete Blood Count).
One of the office’s patients is placed on hospice care. Hospice care is a style of medicine that focuses on end-of-life care, reducing pain, and is considered most specifically:
How old must a patient be in order to be eligible to participate in Medicare coverage Part A?
No age limit.
A patient tells the medical assistant that she has just been diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t know what to do. Her husband and daughter have already started a fundraiser at his work to help pay for her medical expenses. Which of the following statements shows empathy?
“Where can I donate to the fundraiser?”
“I understand how that must make you feel.”
“I don’t know what to say.”
“What does your daughter think of it?”
A microscope in the lab is suddenly unable to focus into specific detail. Which of its parts should the medical assistant suspect is broken?
The coarse adjustment knob.
The fine adjustment knob.
Which of the following is a correct principle of surgical hand-washing?
Dry your hands on a clean towel.
Wash for a total of 5 minutes.
Turn off the water using the foot control.
Point hands downward so that water runs down and away from the hands.
The lab calls the office and reports that they are unable to collect a lipid panel on one of the patients the office has sent over. What is the most likely reason they were unable to collect it?
The patient confessed to eating a poor diet the day before.
The patient brought the lab slip but had consumed water that morning.
The patient ate breakfast the morning of the test.
The lab could only obtain two tubes of blood.
A female patient is found to have a mass in her right breast. The physician recommends surgery, but the patient refuses, stating that she will dissolve the mass with the power of positive thinking. The defense mechanism this patient demonstrates is:
The type of appointment scheduling most likely to be used for short patient visits in an office with multiple physicians is:
Emergency treatment for a second-degree burn would include which of the following?
Deferring to the physician when next available.
Breaking any blisters seen.
Applying a cool wet piece of gauze to the area.
Applying an emollient-type cream.
Furuncles most commonly occur in patients who are also diagnosed with:
A Medicare patient has been admitted to the hospital for four days. The medical assistant knows that the hospital will charge the patient’s insurance with a cost equivalent to:
a flat fee based on the patient’s diagnosis, age, and presence of comorbidities.
an estimate that will later be refunded based on actual costs.
an estimate based on what the medical record specialist recommends.
what costs were actually incurred during the stay.
The physician orders a medication to relieve chest pain called Nitroglycerin, which is to be administered sublingually. The patient asks the medical assistant what this means. The medical assistant replies:
“You should take this medication two hours before eating a meal.”
“You should take this medication with food.”
“You should place this medication underneath your tongue and let it dissolve.”
“You should place this medication on top of your tongue and suck on it like a lozenge.”
The medical assistant is instructed to compose a letter to a patient in full block format. Once she has typed the letter, she formats it correctly by:
aligning all content to the left side of the document with no greeting.
indenting the first line of every paragraph.
aligning all content to the left side of the document and including a greeting.
centering the date on the page.
Symptoms of meningitis typically include:
headache, fever, pain that radiates down the leg.
nuchal rigidity, fever, and headache.
paralysis on one side of the body.
bowel and bladder dysfunction.
The physician asks you, the medical assistant, to administer a vaccination to a child. The child is 3-years-old and does not understand why he has to get a vaccination. Which of the following would be necessary for best practice?
Enlist the mother to hold the child still to maintain safety.
Assure the child that the injection will not hurt.
Wear only one glove to ensure accuracy when injecting.
Wipe the area to be injected with a cool cloth.
A patient provides a urine sample for the office’s routine lab work. The pH of the urine comes back as 8.9. The medical assistant would label the sample as:
normal and acidic.
abnormal and alkaline.
abnormal and acidic.
normal and neutral.
What is one of the major differences between the ICD-9-CM system and the ICD-10-PCS system?
The ICD-9 codes have been entirely scrapped and ICD-10 is a brand new foundation.
Dummy placeholders using an X are no longer allowed in ICD-10, although they were allowed in ICD-9.
With ICD-10, details for ambulatory and managed care encounters have been expanded.
In ICD-10, the fourth digit describes the type of encounter for injuries and treatment of externally caused injuries and illnesses.
The medical assistant is responsible for all sterilization in a certain medical practice. One day, she notices an instrument that is still in the autoclave from the last time she used it on date 7/26/15. She realizes that she forgot to unload it once it was sterilized. It is now 8/26/15. The item is considered:
able to be used for clean procedures, but not sterile ones.
The purpose of a quality control log for testing equipment is to:
ensure correct results for the standards required are being returned.
test the quality of equipment and evaluate the need for an upgrade.
pass inspection by lab officials.
provide extra work during downtime.
Which of the following is NOT appropriate for use in a medical record?
The medical assistant makes a mistake and uses white-out to correct it.
Blue or black ink is acceptable for use.
A patient is unable to answer a question and it is noted in the record.
Some abbreviations may be acceptable.
Which of the following is NOT one of the Six Rights of Medication Administration?
The right patient.
The right drug.
The right doctor.
The right time.
Which of the following provides the Medicare prescription drug benefit?
Medicare Part D
Medicare Part B
Medicare Part A
Medicare Part C
Which method of documentation for patient medical records has the patient's problems listed in the front of the chart?
Reverse Chronological Order