Under general supervision, analyzes the different properties of body specimens from patients from birth to death, such as blood, urine, CSF, stool, sputum, etc. All lab tests are ordered by a physician and the results may assist the physician in the care of their patients. The technologist may also assist in obtaining the specimens for analyzing, may direct professional and non-professional personnel in assigning duties, and may orient new personnel in the department and may perform other lab duties as assigned. Must reflect mission statement and philosophy of Memorial Hospital and Health Care center in daily work habits and contacts.
Graduation from an approved school of Medical Technology; MT/MLT ASCP registration or the equivalent, HEW certified or the eligibility for registration. Minimum requirements one year of college. Training:
Three to four months on the job training required. Experience:
None required, six months to one year preferred. Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and skills which enable the assumption of responsibilities for reporting the analyzed results. Familiarity and skills to interpret a procedure, follow it, and determine if the results are correct for reporting. Knowledge as to how to correct for mechanical or reagent failure. Technical skills in using a computer. Skills to set up new procedures as demand indicates.
Performing and implementing the tasks that may be required in various laboratory departments. How to correct for mechanical, reagent, or technical errors that may occur. Maintain equipment and keep quality control and quality assurance on all procedures. Assist in teaching and training other personnel. Assist in keeping the work area clean and be aware of all biohazard procedures. Follow all bodily fluid precaution procedures. Assist in maintaining supplies. Physical Demands:
Walks, sits, and stands intermittently. Must be able to recognize colors. Moves and lifts occasionally heavy supply reagents. Special Demands:
Willingness to work with the realization errors and incompetence may hurt others. Competency, tact, and patience are needed to communicate with patients, doctors, and other personnel. Initiative and judgment in adapting or devising techniques and procedures to meet the needs of the patients and the laboratory. As a 24-hour facility, required to work rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends. Testing Personnel Responsibilities
1. The testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results.
2. Each individual performs only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training, or experience, and technical abilities.
3. Each individual performing high complexity testing must follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
4. Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
5. Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed.
6. Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
7. Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director.
8. Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications.
9. Except as specified, perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor.