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Learning outcomes descriptions 3.1.b

Competence description VQTS:

3.1.b Is able to

  • prepare and support patients/clients for medical treatments and diagnostic tests according to prescription,
  • collect all kinds of patient’s/client’s biological specimens for treatments,
  • assist other professionals in medical and laboratory treatments.   
Competence (EQF)SkillsKnowledge

The professional caregiver autonomously and independently assists the attendant physician during advanced medical treatments and prepares medical devices and materials. The caregiver provides patient/client support in advanced medical treatments and diagnostic tests and collects all kinds of biological specimens for diagnostics.


































The professional caregiver is able to:

  • assess the patient/client and evaluate their ability to participate in the procedure,
  • implement advanced competences in the assessment of patients/clients (see also CA.1.1),
  • prepare patients/clients for operations according to guidelines (e.g. surgery, orthopaedics),
  • document the preparation process (see also CA.A.2),
  • assist at all treatments and diagnostic tests in health care (e.g., biopsies, paracentesis, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging),
  • perform in ALS (see also CA.3.6),
  • explain advanced medical treatment and diagnostic tests to patient/client (e.g. thoracentesis/insertion of chest tubes),
  • prepare patient/client for advanced treatments and diagnostic tests and assist attending physician in advanced medical procedures (e.g. bone marrow aspiration, angiography, lumbar puncture, lymph node biopsy, bronchoscopy, liver biopsy, abdominal paracentesis, fine needle aspirations, skin tests),
  • handle and apply all necessary equipment for advanced medical procedures and treatments (e.g. EEG, nuclear scans, sterile medical equipment),
  • monitor and care for patient/client during and after the end of advanced/specialised treatment and diagnostic procedures and document the process (e.g. computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, positron emission tomography) (see also CA.A.1),
  • prepare unstable and seriously ill patients/clients for treatments and diagnostic tests including providing emotional and physical support (e.g. patients/clients with life-threatening conditions),
  • inform unstable and seriously ill patients/clients about the basic and advanced treatment and diagnostic test procedure,
  • collect blood samples for all kinds of tests (e.g. complete blood count clotting studies, biochemistry, blood cultures),
  • apply an ambulatory ECG device for heart rhythm (e.g. 24 hours – Holter device),
  • perform measurements with diagnostic medical dipsticks (e.g. perform a gastric fluid aspiration and pH-test, Haemoccult® test),
  • administer venous access to the patient/client,
  • obtain capillary blood specimen (e.g. test on glucose),
  • collect arterial blood sample (e.g. from an arterial line),
  • perform arterial blood gases analysis,
  • obtain urine specimens (e.g. with sterile disposable catheter),
  • obtain specimens for microbiological tests (e.g. nasal swab, throat swab, wound drainage),
  • select resources to contact and consult when encountering questions about preparation of patient/client (e.g. European Medicines Agency, European Society of Radiology, Center for Disease Control and Prevention).    



The professional caregiver is able to:

  • explain all performed treatments and diagnostic tests (e.g. biopsies, paracentesis, computer tomography, magnetic resonance imaging),
  • describe procedures for advanced medical treatments and diagnostic tests (e.g. angiography, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy),
  • explain normal values of advanced treatments and diagnostic tests,
  • describe coagulation factors that may affect diagnostic procedures (e.g. Quick, PTT, INR),
  • describe proper positioning of patient/client for various advanced examinations and diagnostic procedures (e.g. sitting on the edge of the bed, lying on the stomach),
  • explain and recognise possible complications following advanced procedures and describe appropriate responses (e.g. internal bleeding, pulmonary emboli, correct compression, special bandaging, preventive medications),
  • explain restrictions on patient’s/client’s position and activity after advanced procedures (e.g. after surgical treatments),
  • name treatments involving special diets and necessary medications used during physical treatment and advanced diagnostic procedures (e.g. colonoscopy, gastroscopy),
  • name medications used during advanced physical treatment and diagnostic procedures (e.g. radiocontrast agents, sedation agents, topical anaesthetic agents),
  • explain developmental considerations in relation to diagnostic treatments and tests across human life span (e.g. changes in diagnostics and tests compared to the patient’s/client’s age),
  • describe special operating procedures (e.g. surgical, cardiac, renal, neuro, orthopaedic),
  • describe blood sample collection systems (e.g. vacuum collection system).

Competence description HCEU matrix:

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