While surfing our official page, you might come across terminology that we specifically use for informational purposes. Below, we mentioned some of the related to Occupational Medicine terms for your convenience.
PA. It stands for Physician Assistant. It is a medical/health expert who helps and works together with the main physician. The responsibility of PA is to provide a patient with diagnostic, preventive care, and therapeutic services. You can consider a PA only a professional who has been accredited by a designated PA education program, and who has a valid certification acquired from the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants). The latter governs and regulates the requirements according to the state, federal and local jurisdictions. Regarding the functions, a PA provides primary and specialty care services, and promotes his practices in rural and urban areas. Besides, he is in charge of administrative activities concerning Occupational Health.
6 clinical services of PAs. They are evaluation, referral, counseling, therapeutic care, monitoring, and diagnostic.
Evaluation. This stage involves a precise medical examination of an individual aimed to spot the problems and record them for further treatment.
Monitoring. Developing plans for treatment, observing their efficiency, and helping the office or hospital to provide care.
Diagnostic. Laboratory examinations or medical procedures to identify the pathophysiological process.
Therapeutics. Procedures aimed to treat injuries, infections, boost the health level, assist in traumas. Besides, it involves writing prescriptions.
Counseling. Instructions on how to proceed with daily living after experiencing any kind of Occupational injuries or illnesses.
Referral. Facilitating injured or ill patients to local health and social service agencies.
Finally, physician assistants work on promoting a safe and healthy working environment for employees through educational programs.