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Nashville, TN 37208

 

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Volunteer Instructions

Oral Health Day 2018

Health Screening Team 

Thank you for your time and efforts to make this event a success! 

Once the patient registration process is complete, patients move (with their forms) to the health screening area. In this zone, patients receive a blood pressure screening and a medical evaluation. Patients who are medically ‘cleared’ move on to the dental triage area. 

Position Description: Health Screening Volunteer

Job Description:

To support this mission by being able to provide all of the following basic medical screenings for each participant:

• identify participants currently on blood thinners
• review medical history for drug allergies and completeness
• blood pressure reading (use of manual sphygmomanometer/cuffs)
• highlight and record values; to be used in dental triage process 

Instructions: 

  1. Receive an email regarding which clinic you will be assigned and seating.

  2. On March 10, 2018 report to New Alumni Hall for volunteer registration. Registrations begins at 6:45 A.M. Please arrive NO LATER than 7:00 a.m. *Continental breakfast provided*

  3. Volunteer orientation will begin at 7:15 in New Alumni Hall. You will receive information from your team leader regarding basic information about the event, a thank you letter, and your assigned seating. 

  4. At 7:30 a.m. report to your assigned health screening table

Perform the following:

  1. Anticoagulant Medication Check – Please ask prior to screening participant

    • ARE YOU ON ANY ANTICOAGULANT SUCH AS COUMADIN/WARFARIN? IF YES, document and highlight name of anticoagulant on registration form AND refer participant to nursing supervisor for PT/INR evaluation before performing any further screening

  2. Drug Allergies – ASK, DOCUMENT AND HIGHLIGHT IF ANY DRUG Allergies On Registration Form

  3. Blood Pressure – clean stethoscope ear pieces with alcohol when passing equipment on to the next shift

    • Document blood pressure reading on participant copy, registration form and tic sheet

    • 165/100 and above? Repeat blood pressure reading after several minutes, document and highlight all elevated readings on all forms

    • IF ELEVATED BLOOD PRESSURE, PLEASE ASK:

      • Do you have high blood pressure?

      • Are you on blood pressure medicine; Have you taken it today? Record answer on registration form; example: dx Hypertension, on hypertension meds, taken today, OR on hypertension meds, not taken today

  4. Pulse – document on registration form and highlight if irregular

  5. If patient is a "GO" for dental treatment place a "GREEN" sticker on the patient folder. 

  6. If the patient Patients whose blood pressure are high, but borderline are able to stay in a waiting area for a re-test. Patients whose levels are too high to be considered safe for treatment are asked to leave and given the names of the referral dentists who have agreed to provide follow- up care to OHD patients. Place a "RED" sticker on the outside of the patient folder. 

  7. The Patient Registration team will stop taking patients at 4:30 p.m so clinics may close at 5:00 p.m. 

  8. Please stay to help clean up your area at the end of your shift.  

  9. Closing remarks and volunteer check-out will take place in the dental school lobby at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: If you sign up for the afternoon shift (11:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)  please pick-up your welcome folder from New Alumni Hall no later than 10:30 a.m. Then report to your assigned table.