Medical Technologist (Lab Administration) Full Time - Second Shi
Memorial Healthcare System - Chattanooga, TN

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Job Summary:
Under minimal supervision is responsible for independently performing and reporting all test analyses according to physician orders in accordance with laboratory policies and procedures, FDA, CAP, AABB, OSHA, CLIA, and JCAHO regulations to facilitate optimum quality patient care. Tests are used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and include specimen processing, test performance and maintaining of test results. Some procedures are complex and require professional judgment.

Essential Duties:
Transport, collect, receive and prepare biological specimens for analysis using procedures consistent with safe work practices and proper laboratory technique while maintaining the integrity of the specimens. Reports all tests in a timely, efficient and accurate manner in compliance with documented laboratory procedures.

Maintain QA policies and procedures to ensure validity of results. Recognize factors that affect measurements and results and takes appropriate action according to predetermined protocols. Perform quality control for all testing and meets established ranges before patient results are released.

Determine acceptability of specimens by performing visual inspections or by recognizing abnormal or unusual results. Document unacceptable specimens according to appropriate policies and regulations. Communicate specimen requirements to appropriate personnel.

Maintain clinical competency and current professional knowledge by reading relevant journal articles and attending training sessions.

Maintain a safe and efficient working environment by performing equipment maintenance and checks, cleaning work area and monitoring temperatures in accordance with regulatory agencies and hospital policies. Recognize and troubleshoots malfunctions of advanced technological equipment and initiates corrective action.

Evaluate new testing methodology and contributes to writing technical laboratory procedures.

Identify and resolves problems that may adversely affect test analysis, notifying the Department Coordinator or Laboratory Director when appropriate.

Document corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's acceptable guidelines.

Enter test results into the Laboratory Information System in order for standardized reports to be generated for physicians review and interpretation.

Review test results for accuracy and verify reports of patient results. Call all established critical values to appropriate patient care personnel and document all called critical values according to established laboratory protocol.

Compare results obtained to establish range to ensure proper functioning of laboratory instrumentation. Take necessary action when results are outside of the established range.

Participate in departmental meetings and continuing education programs in order to remain current in the new techniques and procedures available in the field of laboratory medicine. Participation in various hospital and/or laboratory teams in order to enhance the workplace as a whole is also encouraged.

Perform value-added activities which result in positive financial performance and customer satisfaction.

Operate complex, automated analysis equipment and/or laboratory computer system to perform designated test(s); set up and adjust laboratory equipment and apparatus appropriate for the designated test(s); record, calculate and plot known control values on technical instruments to ensure their reliability and accuracy in reporting results; regularly clean, perform/document routine maintenance and calibrate instruments and equipment; troubleshoot test systems and identify problems that could adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and takes appropriate action; certify and correct equipment/instrumentation malfunction within designated scope of responsibility.

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