I’m studying for my Health & Medical class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?
Topic: Sports Physicals
In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it is safe for you to participate in a certain sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a sports physical is not required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
The administration of the local critical access hospital has asked the practitioner to organize a community service program to conduct sports physicals for local junior high and high school athletes at no cost to the student. The practitioner has the use of the usual physician office space or the facility’s large meeting space and will recruit physicians, nurse practitioners, nursing staff, and medical technicians to conduct the sports physicals. Based on a survey of nearby school districts, the administration expects to serve 100 to 150 student athletes over the 2 days the physicals will be offered.
- Which format would most effectively serve the needs of the students in this program? Include consideration of the space chosen for conducting the program.
- The most effective format would be the assembly line. The use of the physician’s office space would be conducive to the single examiner seeing each student. This combination of format and space would be a cheaper and quicker format that would help move larger numbers of students through the program.
- Which space would be most appropriate to use for the program and why?
- The regular physician space would be preferred to allow for ease of access to supplies and privacy for the student athletes.
- What are the drawbacks to the assembly-line format?
- The assembly-line format decreases the individual attention given to each student. Communication problems may appear, and an insufficient medical history with the lack of continuity also may result with the assembly-line format.
- Which physical examination focus points could the nursing staff and medical technicians be assigned to complete?
- Visual acuity
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
- Respiratory rate
- When the practitioner is preparing to advertise the program being offered, the local newspaper asks the practitioner to identify three of the main objectives of the sports physicals for an article. How would the practitioner respond?
- The main objectives are:
- Determine whether the athlete is in general good health
- Assess the athlete’s fitness level
- Identify asymptomatic illness
- Identify athletes at risk for injury
- Evaluate any existing injuries
- Detect conditions that may predispose the athlete to injury
- Detect congenital anomalies that increase the athlete’s risk of injury
- Detect poor conditioning that may put the athlete at increased risk
- Detect conditions that may be life threatening
- Identify athletes at risk for sudden death
- Meet legal and insurance requirements