Perform routine and complex clinical procedures with minimal to moderate supervision. Recognize unusual results or difficulties and make necessary simple corrections and adjustments. Bring complex problems to the immediate attention of the Supervisor. Responsible for the quality, efficiency, and safety in the performance of technical work. Properly handles specimens, supplies and equipment. Provides care to pediatric patients of varying ages with age related needs.
Analyze blood, body fluids and non-blood specimens utilizing a variety of methodology and instrumentation.
Apply knowledge of analytical variables and determine if test results are valid.
Monitor patient results overall for a sudden shift of values for any one analyte, which may be indicative of analytical errors. Investigate and address significant shifts in values.
Compare Patient identification on each sample with that of test results on the instrument interface prior to releasing results. Investigate and resolve any identification discrepancies.
Investigate poor deltas (Patient values that are different from previously reported values), which are clinically significant. Identify probable cause of poor delta.
Determine if a recollect sample is needed for repeat testing. If so, request and obtain a new sample and repeat the test.
Verify critical/immediate action values and notifies clinician.
Must be proficient maintaining, calibrating, quality controlling and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation.
Perform non-repetitive, preventive maintenance at prescribed intervals on a variety of high-complexity laboratory instruments to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the instrumentation. Instruments include: flow cytometers, chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunohematology, microbiology, special chemistry, urinalysis analyzers and robotic processors.
Calibrate instrumentation to ensure accuracy and precision of test results by performing the required set of operations. Systematically troubleshoot and correct any failed calibrations.
Quality control all reagents and instrumentation prior to testing Patient samples and evaluate acceptability of QC results. Systematically troubleshoot any QC failures, efficiently identify and resolve reagent or QC issues to ready instrument for Patient samples.
Troubleshoot instrumentation when giving irregular results or malfunctioning. Use all available resources (troubleshooting experience, instrument training, instrument manual, department or shift supervisor, instrument hot-line, instrument manufacturer’s service representative) to expedite instrument repair. Exhaust all options to correct the problem prior to initiating a service call.
Identify, organize and prioritize the test workload utilizing the Laboratory Information System and time management skills. Investigate when Patient samples do not arrive in the testing area in a timely manner and expedite receipt of samples.
Evaluate sample acceptability by applying knowledge of pre-analytical variables adversely affecting test results. Ensure that samples are correctly labeled, submitted in the correct anticoagulant or preservative, quantity is sufficient, samples are not hemolyzed nor contaminated. Take appropriate action per regulatory requirements for any unacceptable samples to ensure accurate laboratory reports and to prevent incorrect diagnosis or treatment.
Instruct Community College and University students on laboratory testing procedures and instrumentation. Train new laboratory Associates on test procedures, methodologies, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting QC and instrument problems. Provide technical guidance to fellow Associates.
Successfully complete annual competency exams to include evaluation of problem-solving skills and direct observation of testing Patient samples, reporting Patient results and maintenance of instruments.
Successfully perform proficiency testing (external audit) for all tests performed on Patient samples. Perform blind tests on previously analyzed samples and obtain initial results.
Perform additional tasks as assigned by supervisor:
Prepare smears of bone marrow aspirates at Patient bedside.
Gather data for ongoing Quality Improvement projects.
Set up curves (determine acceptable ranges) for new lots quality control materials.
Evaluate Levey-Jennings graphs of control materials for trends.
Perform instrument to instrument correlation studies.
Perform correlation studies for new instrumentation.
Set up new laboratory tests in L.I.S. and verify mapping gives desired results.
Prepare exercises to measure (and document) technical competency of technical staff.
Serve on panels interviewing prospective employees.
Properly prepare reagents and solutions. Inoculate culture media and spreads and stain material on microscope slides. Read routine cultures, slides and chemical reactions. Make calculations and prepare written reports of findings.
May assist with special studies and analysis, as assigned by supervisor.
Maintain professional demeanor and neat appearance while in the Clinical Laboratory and/or patient areas.
Adheres to Hospital and Laboratory Body Substance Isolation and Hazard materials policies/procedures and utilizes/wears required protective equipment and clothing.
Adheres to El Paso County Hospital District CARE Values, standards, policies and procedures at both the Hospital and Department levels.
Promotes a service orientation in the performance of position duties and responsibilities and in interactions with patients, hospital staff and visitors
Performs other duties, as assigned.
Eligible for certification as a Medical Technologist with A.S.C.P., N.C.A. or equivalent.
Education and Training:
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science or related field.