This past Thursday, 17 Globe University Medical Assistant students participated in the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) in Sioux Falls as part of an applied learning project.
KEEP is a free health screening program that is offered to people who are at high risk of developing kidney disease. The people encouraged to participate in this screening are people with health factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or a parent or close relative with diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease. Patients need to be over the age of 18. At the event, patients are interviewed to see if they are considered “high risk”. Height, weight, blood pressure, body measurements and lab tests are also done. At the end of the visit, professionals on site review the results with the patient.
Even though the weather did not cooperate 201 patients were screened, the biggest screening so far! Globe students manned the blood draw stations, making sure that the correct amount of blood was drawn and correct lab tests ordered.
Student Sydney Siemonsma is in her final quarter before going on an externship in a clinic. She utilized her blood drawing skills. Sydney said “The KEEP event made it possible for me to brush up on my blood drawing skills and be able to get some real patient experience before going to the clinic setting.”
Great Job for all who were involved!
~ Submitted by Amy Zobel, Medical Assistant Program Chair