Hygiene assistants are responsible for helping with hygiene tasks in a healthcare environment. They are in charge of helping patients by providing them with hygiene tools, items, and tasks. These assistants work in a fast-paced environment and pay close attention to detail. They are organized and keep hygiene supplies in a central location.
They assist other medical specialists to complete hygiene objectives and provide good patient care at all times. They work well in a team setting with other assistants to share project information. However, they have strong training to be able to work on their own with minimal supervision. In addition, they work in a healthcare environment and should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time. These individuals wear protective gear, such as uniform and gloves, to protect their skin from contact with bodily fluids and hazardous materials. They follow strict safety regulations when completing different hygiene procedures. Some of their main responsibilities include assisting with patient treatment and cleaning tools and equipment before and after using. In addition, they can also help with data entry and scheduling future appointments. They are proficient with a personal computer and can use different software to log their progress.
A high school diploma and hygiene technical degree are usually required for this position. Previous years of work experience as a hygiene assistant can be helpful. Hygiene certifications are a plus.
Hygiene Assistant Tasks
Clean and polish coronal surfaces of teeth to remove stains, apply fluoride treatment.
Assist hygienist during dental treatment procedures.
Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
Take impressions and bite registrations.