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Areas of Study | | RDTC100 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Patient Care in Radiologic Technology

Routine and emergency patient care procedures, infection control, physical and psychological needs of the patient and family, medical ethics and law and the role of the radiologic technologist in patient education. Lecture and lab components.

Acceptance into the Rad Tech program

NOTES: This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Radiation safety (ALARA), introduction to a radiology room
  • Discuss general needs that patients and family members may have according to Maslow
  • Explain the importance of appropriate technologist-patient interaction
  • Use effective methods of communication for patients of various ages
  • Establish rapport with patients and acquire medical history pertinent to the procedure
  • Employ methods of responding to terminally ill patients
  • Define the terms associated with body Mechanics
  • Describe the principles of proper lifting and transfer techniques
  • Identify the five basic recumbent patient positions
  • Use various patient immobilization devices and techniques
  • Explain the importance of procedural communication with patients
  • Identify the four vital signs, how they are assessed, their normal ranges and implications of abnormalities
  • Explain the indications and flow rates for oxygen administration
  • Categorize the basic infectious agents
  • List the factors involved in the spread of infectious diseases
  • Contrast medical and surgical asepsis
  • List the methods of aseptic technique
  • Differentiate between sterile and non-sterile procedures
  • Perform various sterile and non-sterile procedures as discussed
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of various medical emergencies and the procedure for managing them
  • Explain the purpose and contents of an emergency (crash) cart
  • Recognize the various classifications of drugs
  • List the methods of drug administration
  • List the five rights of drug administration
  • Identify the adverse reactions to contrast agents and the level of treatment required of each
  • Relate the patient history to the possibility of adverse reactions
  • Lab components: room orientation, communication skills, patient transfers, vital signs, infection control and the use of PPEs, aseptic and non-aseptic techniques, medical emergency scenarios and drug administration.

  • Methods of Effective Communication
    • Verbal
    • Non-verbal
  • Diverse Needs of Patients
    • Trauma and Seriously ill persons
    • Visually Impaired
    • Hearing and Speech Impaired
    • Non-English speaking
    • Mentally Impaired
    • Substance Impaired
  • Age as a Factor
    • Pediatrics
    • Adult
    • Geriatrics
  • The Terminally Ill
    • Body Mechanics
  • Principles of Lifting
    • Wheelchair Patients
    • Cart Patients
  • Immobilization Techniques and Devices
    • Routine Applications
    • Special Applications
  • Vital Signs
    • Temperature
    • Blood Pressure
    • Pulse
    • Respirations
  • Oxygen Therapy
    • Indications
    • Devices
  • Infectious Diseases
    • Microbes
    • Establishment of Infection
    • Modes of Transmissions
    • Nosocomial infections
    • The Human Host
  • Microbial Control
    • Within the Body
    • Environmental
  • Sterile Technique
    • Packs
    • Draping
    • Scrubbing
    • Gowning and Gloving
  • Procedures
    • Sterile
    • Non-Sterile
  • Major Medical Emergencies
    • Head Injuries and Other Traumas
    • Shock
    • Diabetic Crises
    • Respiratory Distress
    • Cardiac Arrest
  • Minor Medical Emergencies
    • Nausea and Vomiting
    • Vertigo and Syncope
    • Falls
    • Capillary Bleeding
    • Epistaxis
  • Drug Administration
    • Actions
    • Indications
    • Precautions
    • Routes
    • Methods
  • Contrast Media Administration
    • Barium Sulfate
    • Aqueous Iodine
    • Ionic
    • Non-ionic
    • Adverse Reactions


Textbook: -- Introduction to Radiologic Sciences and Patient Care. Adler & Carlton, Elsevier, 7 th Edit

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Objective tests, short answer quizzes, comprehensive final exam, and self-assessment.

93 - 100% = A
84 - 92% = B
75 - 83% = C
66 - 74% = D
65% and below = F

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Withdrawal policy: See program handbook
Course Policies: See program handbook

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