Essay on A Medical Radiation Technologist ( Mrt ) Works

2086 Words May 4th, 2016 9 Pages
Introduction
Maya Angelou once said “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel” (Sonnabend, 2016). This essay will explore how a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) works in partnership with patients to ensure their health care needs are met, what the clinical and legal responsibilities of a MRT as a health professional is and how these can be adhered to. It will also explore the rights of patients and the role the MRT plays in meeting these rights, ensuring patient centred care. Then finally it will touch on the art of communication and how this is incorporated in day to day practice.

Clinical and Legal Responsibilities
Hand Washing
Patient contact is single handily the easiest way to spread infection. Hand cleansing is considered the most important and cost effective measure to prevent the spread of infection within the hospital environment (Waikato DHB, 2016, para 8). The role of an MRT requires hands on care and close contact, especially when assisting with positioning of a patient. It is the MRT’s responsibility to protect their wellbeing and the wellbeing of patients by washing their hands before, during and after a procedure to ensure bacteria is not spread. Hand washing reduces the transmission of infection, not only to patients, but to themselves, their family and other health care professionals (Kowalczyk & Donnett, 1996), and should be seen as a routine activity and part of the role of a MRT.
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