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The diagnostics suggest that our patient,Mr Smith has uncontrolled diabetes mellitus hence the forming of the infectionunder the foot. Furthermore, the hole (also known as a ulcer) forming was dueto a bacteria referred to as Staphylococcus aureus. The ulcer would be treated immediately;Flucloxacillin will be prescribed however as penicillin in present in Flucloxacillintherefore some patients may be allergic therefore under antibiotics will couldbe used. Metformin hydrochloride to treat the Mr Smith’s diabetes also otherantibiotics maybe prescribed if needed.       All the data will be added the patients’ paper health recorded/medical record, such data is held on computers which are protected using the bestanti-virus/ theft software’s. Hospitals are allowed to store such data becausethey are registered to process personal and sensitive information under the DataProtection Act 1998.

The data can be accessed by the doctor or healthcare specialisthandling the patient’s case. Data may be shared with other NHS organisationsfor research purposes also can be accessed by the law if a court order isgiven. Furthermore, the patient can ask for a copy of their data or have errorscorrected. It is responsibility, by law; of all NHS staff to sustainthe patients confidentially.  The datawill be reviewed by the doctor carrying out the test also will suggestdiagnosis and treatment however before any treatment can be forwarded thedoctor has to consult with the consultant on the case.  Point of care testing (POCT) is a medical testingprocedure which can be done on the bedside of a patient; these tests includeurine and blood testing and are done by trained healthcare professional. POCTis done to gain accurate results, within and small time frame also in an areaclose to the actual patient.

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An example of a point of care test is theglucose test. The blood glucose test is done using a blood glucose meter, thisis used to understand the concentration of glucose in the blood in the arteries,capillary’s or venous of a patient. Such a test is done to diagnose diabetes mellitusalso to monitor. The advantages are that accurate resultscan be obtained within a small time frame also at the bedside of a patient thereforeany issues be dealt with instantly. The blood glucose meter is portable andlight weight therefore can be carried around with ease hence can be used whenneeded without any hassle.The disadvantages include; the cost ofsingle use and the actual portable meter can average out greater compared tothe large platform in a central lab.

Furthermore, the storing of the data obtainedby the blood glucose meter can be more of a hassle as each individual set ofdata will be needed to be recorded and added to a database which is actuallytime consuming in comparison to glucose determination done in the central laboratory.  The health and safety regulations andlegislations are enforced on all personals working or just visiting the lab,the regulators of such laws are the HSE (Health and Safety executive) in the UK.To ensure safety even prior to actually entering the laboratory, the COSHH formhad to be read as this is acquired by the Control of Substances Hazardous tohealth 2002.

The COSHH form allows for health hazards to be identified and howto prevent such health hazards. Due to the COSHH form I was able to work safelyas I was aware of the health hazards and how to handle them also the riskassignment is another document which was required by me to read through beforeentering or carrying out a practical as acquired by the Approved Code ofPractice for the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999. The risk assignment allowed for me to work safelyas all possible risks where highlighted and explained also ways to handle suchrisks were also given. When I entered the laboratory, I first wore the requiredpersonal protective equipment (PPE) which was goggles, lab coat and gloves.Such equipment allowed me to work safely within the lab and during the courseof the practical as my eyes was protected from liquids and objects which couldharm them from entering my eyes, the lab coat protect my clothes from beingstained which can damage them also the lab coat helped decrease the chance ofchemicals leaving the lab (as they may attach to clothing) which can harm theouter environment. The gloves ensured safety as they protected my hands frompossible irritation, or other form of harm. This was acquired due to thePersonal Protective Equipment Regulation 2002 and the Personal ProtectiveEquipment at Work Regulation 2002.

          A multidisciplinary team is a group of specialist from differentfields. In the course of this diagnostics, myself and the members of the team workedin a multidisciplinary team to understand Mr Smith’s condition. The testscarried out were linked to Clinical microbiology, haematology and Clinicalbiochemistry all tests carried out were done by the whole team however bysplitting the work load. We did this to minimize time wastage as it would havetaken longer to complete each procedure one by one also to decrease chance ofconfusion as such a factor would have had a unwanted effect on the end result. During the Clinical biochemistryexperiment, I had the duty of pouring and handling the solutions as I have asteady hand therefore decreasing the chance of resource wastage also decreasingthe chance of injuring due to slipping or irritation due to solution cominginto contact with skin.

This was effective as the experiment was carried out tounderstand and determine the level of cholesterol of the patient and we did so asthe results gained were approved by the lecturer/biomedical specialist present.Also, there weren’t any spills therefore any need for unnecessary time wastagedue to cleaning also no one was injure. The practical was completed within thetime given.      

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