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Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on patient care technicians/assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients.

The routine tasks of a PCT include:

  • responding to patient calls and requests for assistance.
  • bathing and dressing patients.
  • assisting with personal hygiene.
  • serving meals.
  • monitoring/recording vital signs.


PCTs are required to observe, record and report temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration rates, a patient’s physical, mental and emotional condition.

A patient care technician must also be able to perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), collect blood samples (phlebotomy) and perform other clinical duties.



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