Medical assistants do a lot of different things, as part of their regular daily activities.
Medical assistants assist and perform clinical tasks, have direct and indirect contact with the patent, provide care, etc.
However, MAs are also in charge of some administrative and clerical work.
Clerical tasks are part of the job which many MAs don’t enjoy.
The majority of MAs prefer direct patient care.
One of their responsibilities is to administer medications.
However, you should pay attention to the state regulation on who is allowed to administer medicaments.
For example, in some states, it is strictly forbidden for MAs to administer some substances.
However, in most of the states, MAs can administer oral, intramuscular, and subcutaneous injections.
They can also administer inhaled medications, for example, nebulizer therapy.
Bear in mind that some facilities require special certification or training before MA can start with administering medications.
Legal frames in which MA work and administer determines the state.
In some states, such as California, MAs are allowed to administer all intramuscular medications, and narcotics.
The exception is anesthetic and collagen.
However, in California MAs cannot inject medication into an IV.
They should verify the procedure with licensed staff.
If you want to become an MA, you should check your state medical board websites and research about the responsibilities and duties of MA.
You will also find out more about training requirements for MA and possible medication boundaries and administration.