Students must be able to meet certain physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of sonographic procedures and to ensure their safety and their patient’s safety. Due to the nature of typical clinical settings, students must be able to:
- Work in a clinical setting for eight to ten hours a day while performing manual tasks requiring physical energy without jeopardizing patient safety. Examples of these tasks include, but are not limited to:
Pushing wheelchairs, stretchers, and portable sonographic equipment; wearing protective apparel when needed; reaching, manipulating, and operating sonographic tables, stands, transducers, and other sonographic equipment to obtain the requested sonograms; cleaning and preparing sonographic tables, stands, and other accessory equipment; moving and assisting patients on and off sonographic tables and stretchers, or in and out of wheelchairs.
- Interact effectively with patients and other medical personnel in providing appropriate patient care and in performing sonographic imaging procedures. Examples of these interactions include, but are not limited to:
Effectively communicate with patients and medical staff; provide patients with a clear and complete explanation of the procedure; provide oral and written information, read written information, and receive oral and written information from patients and medical staff relevant to patient care; respond appropriately to unusual patient situations; make appropriate judgments in critical and non-critical patient care situations.