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Health Careers Education
Patient Care for the Radiology Aide
This course covers the technical, hands-on aspect of patient care, such as aseptic and non-aseptic techniques, transporting, and immobilizing the patient.
Lara Skaggs

-Demonstrate a range of immobilization
-Explain the importance of quality
communication with the patient.
-Describe reduction of patient
radiation exposure by using proper immobilization methods.
-Apply immobilization techniques in
routine situations.
-Use immobilization devices
-Describe trauma immobilization
techniques as they pertain to specific anatomic involvement.
-Explain the importance of establishing
rapport with pediatric patients.
-Use various methods of pediatric
-Describe appropriate application of
immobilization techniques pertinent to geriatric patients.
-Discuss the significance of
-Explain the mechanisms that adapt and
maintain homeostasis.
-Explain the implication of abnormal
vital signs.
-Explain the indications for
administering oxygen therapy.
-Differentiate high-flow and low-flow
oxygen-delivery devices.
-Describe the use of a sterile drape to
establish a sterile field.
-Establish a sterile field.
-Maintain a sterile field.
-List the steps in a surgical scrub.
-Describe the procedures for gowning
and gloving.
-List the basic principles of sterile
-Describe the procedure for changing a
-Provide care to a patient with a
-Provide care to a patient with chest
-Describe the care of a patient with a
urinary catheter.
-Contrast intravenous and intraarterial
-Explain the technologist's role for
assisting the physician in pacemaker insertion.
-Describe the insertion, care, and
removal of nasogastric tubes.
-Assist a patient with the use of the
male urinal.
-Assist a patient with a bedpan.
-Describe the common types of enemas.
-Describe the procedure for a cleansing
-State the need for patient teaching
regarding the barium enema - preparation, procedural, and postprocedural.
-Differentiate between the
single-contrast and double-contrast barium enemas.
-Describe the procedure for a colostomy
barium enema.
-State the needs of a colostomy patient
undergoing a barium enema.
-Recognize common definitions and
nomenclature associated with pharmacology.
-Recognize the various classifications
of drugs.
-Describe the actions, indications, and
precautions related to various drugs.
-List the five rights of drug administration.
-List the methods of drug
-Prepare intravenous drugs for
-Describe documentation procedures
related to drug administration.
-State the purpose of contrast media.
-Differentiate between low and high
subject contrast.
-Compare negative and positive contrast
-Name the general types of contrast
media used for specific radiographic procedures.
-List the serious complications of the
administration of barium sulfate.
-Match specific procedures to
particular patient instructions.
-Explain the importance of osmosis as
it relates to various effects of iodinated ionic contrast media.
-Discuss the advantages of nonionic
iodinated contrast media.
-Differentiate among the major adverse
effects of various contrast agents.
-Recognize clinical symptoms of adverse
reactions to iodinated contrast media to the level of treatment required.
-Relate the patient history to the
possibility of adverse reactions.
-Introduce the concept of
-Identify potential hazards in the
radiographic room.
-Identify components of IVs.
-Identify reasons for nonfunctioning
-Identify signs of infiltrated IVs.
-Place gown on and remove gown from
patient receiving IV therapy.
-Identify situations in which patients
require assistance.
-Supervise an independent transfer.
-Move patient safely from bed to wheelchair

-Stand and
pivot: active assisted

-Stand and
pivot: passive assisted


-Sliding board

-Transfer a patient from a stretcher to
the radiographic table.
-Transfer a patient from a wheelchair
to the radiographic table.
-Transport patient via wheelchair.
-Transport patient via stretcher.
-Transport patient on oxygen therapy.
-Assist patient to and from the
-Give and remove a bedpan.
-Give and remove a urinal.
-Maintain patient's urinary catheter.
-Identify the radiology aide's role in
assisting professional staff with critically injured or ill patients.
-Respond to signs and symptoms of
patient distress.
-Follow hospital emergency code

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Diagnostic Services Radiology Aide