5 Different Types of Patient Care Technicians
The different types of patient care technicians may vary depending on the healthcare setting and the specific job requirements. However, here are some common types of patient care technicians:
CMAs have completed additional training in medication administration, allowing them to dispense medications to patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This role is specific to certain states and is subject to state regulations and scope of practice.
HHAs work primarily in patients’ homes, providing personal care and support services to individuals who are elderly, disabled, or recovering from illness or surgery. While HHAs and CNAs share many common duties, HHAs may also perform light housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, and assistance with medication management.
PCAs also provide basic patient care and support, but may have additional responsibilities such as phlebotomy or EKG monitoring.
CNAs provide basic care for patients, such as assisting with bathing, dressing, and eating, and taking vital signs.
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a healthcare professional trained to provide pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for patients who are injured or acutely ill.