Domain Description

6 5. PATIENT CARE PROCEDURES (40 - 50% of 200 item exam) 5.1. OBTAIN AND RECORD VITAL SIGNS 5.1.1. Explain the rationale for obtaining and recording vital signs. 5.1.2. Describe the equipment required for, and obtain and record: pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and respiration. 5.1.3. Discuss normal ranges for vital signs and the factors that can affect readings. 5.2. COLLECT DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION 5.2.1. Assist with diagnostic procedures State the types of and provide the rationale for performing diagnostic procedure Prepare and transfer equipment and supplies for diagnostic procedures Observe, monitor and record responses and/or conditions that the patient may present with while in the dental setting 5.2.2. Obtain impressions and fabricate study models State the rationale for obtaining impressions and bite registrations for the fabrication of study models Select and prepare equipment and supplies specific to the patient’s dentition and anatomy Manipulate impression material according to manufacturer’s directions for use Obtain mandibular and maxillary impressions following procedural steps Evaluate, disinfect and prepare impressions for storage or pouring Pour impressions for study models Fabricate, trim, label and store study models Obtain, evaluate and disinfect bite registrations Provide pre-operative, operative and post-operative information/instructions 5.2.3. Produce and evaluate radiographic images Describe components of x-ray machines and their functions Describe factors that affect the quantity and quality of the x-ray beam Describe composition and types of radiographic imaging receptors Describe care, storage and handling of radiographic imaging receptors Describe the biological effects of radiation exposure on patients and staff, and the purpose, equipment and processes for radiation monitoring Define the types of radiographic images and the rationale for their use Provide pre-exposure information and instructions to the patient or caregiver and obtain informed consent Apply principles of extra-oral and intra-oral radiographic imaging techniques