Pathology Technician
Catholic Medical Center - Manchester, NH

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Under the direct supervision of the Pathology Supervisor, in accordance with department policies and procedures established by Catholic Medical Center, the incumbent performs the following functions:

Essential Functions: Histology

Prepares gross dissection area and ensures that adequate supplies are available for use. Assists Pathologist or Pathologist Assistant in gross specimen examination. Receives Histology specimens delivered into the Pathology department. Records patient data into the Laboratory Information System as required. Assists Histology technical personnel in preparing, cleaning and maintaining equipment and supplies as necessary. Maintains the histology staining area, to include weekly stain dish set-up and cleaning, and filtering stains as required by histology technical personnel. Files and retrieves slides and blocks in/from storage, to include surgical and touch prep slides and surgical/autopsy blocks. Assists with the handling of specimens and labeling of tissue cassettes. Ensures proper storage and timely disposal of dissected specimens. Discards completed specimens at designated times as identified by the laboratory Retention Guidelines. Responds to phone calls into the histology section, answering the telephone courteously and relaying accurate messages in a timely manner. Maintain surgical pathology specimen storage area and ensure safe and prompt disposal of tissues and fixative (biohazard). Performs and documents Quality Control procedures, as directed, including staining, equipment maintenance, statistics, and temperatures and other items as needed. Receives and stores ordered supplies for the Histology section. As requested, processes and documents chemical exposure monitoring devices. Notifies Pathology Supervisor and/or Laboratory Safety Officer immediately when acceptable limits are exceeded.

Essential Functions: Cytology

Receives Cytology specimens delivered into the Pathology department. Record patient data into the Laboratory Information System as required. Prepares, cleans and maintains cytology processing equipment and supplies as necessary. Prepares non-GYN cytology specimens (urine, sputum, body fluids, fine needle aspirates) for staining. Receives and processes conventional and liquid based cytology GYN specimens using automated and manual procedures. Performs staining procedures for cytology slide specimens using manual and automated staining equipment. Maintains the staining area, to include weekly stain dish set-up and cleaning, and filtering stains as required. Files and retrieves slides and blocks in/from storage, to include surgical, GYN and Non-GYN slides and surgical blocks as required. Discards completed specimens at designated times as identified by the laboratory Retention Guidelines. Responds to phone calls into the cytology section, answering the telephone courteously and relaying accurate messages in a timely manner. Performs and documents Quality Control procedures, as directed, including staining and processing equipment maintenance, statistics, and temperatures and other items as needed. Receives and stores ordered supplies for the Cytology section. As requested, processes and documents chemical exposure monitoring devices. Notify Pathology Supervisor and/or Laboratory Safety Officer immediately when acceptable limits are exceeded. Essential Functions: Autopsy

Shares autopsy call with others. Prepares morgue for pending autopsy, sets up the instruments and supplies, identifies deceased patient to avoid error, moves body onto the autopsy table, and prepare for examination and dissection. Assists pathologist in performance of autopsies, to include the following: removal of organs and dissecting duties, such as opening skull and removing brain. Assists in taking cultures and blood and marrow smears. Disposes removed organs, clean and restore body and suture any incisions, and remove body from autopsy table; place body in cadaver bag, tag body and return to the morgue cooler. Coordinates proper disposition of cadaver with hospital nursing supervisor, security personnel and funeral home. Ensures a clean and disinfected autopsy room table, floor, shelves, instruments and refrigerator. Maintains morgue cooler and autopsy room in “ready” condition for use by pathologists and/or pathology assistant. Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment, including gowns, scrub suits, masks, shoe covering and hats. Maintains adequate supply of dissecting instruments and keep them sharpened and clean. Assures that morgue cooler and autopsy areas meet appropriate regulatory standards with respect to storage and cleanliness. isposes of, or files, surgical pathology and autopsy specimens as directed. repares formalin containers for hospital departments and provider’s offices. isposes of hazardous waste according to established procedures and regulations. Delivers autopsy specimens to grossing room. QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: • High School Graduate • Courses in medical sciences & medical terminology preferred • Completion of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT) Non-GYN Specimen Processing course is desirable Experience: • Experience in medical environment preferred • Previous experience in a pathology laboratory is preferred

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