The position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of chemistry (including special chemistry and toxicology), hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunology, immunohematology (blood banking), microbiology, and specimen procurement and processing. Duties include, but are not limited to: Performs phlebotomy and follows current CLSI guidelines. Ensures two patient identifiers and active communication are used with each blood draw and specimen collection. Draws tubes in the correct order in, accordance with the Medical Center policies and procedures. Organizes Ward Specimens Collection Lists, STAT and Timed draws, and reviews the collection list for uncollected orders and resolves the uncollected status. Processes specimens using complex instrumentation such as the MPA, or centrifuges, and transfers specimens to daughter tubes for storage, shipping, or testing. Measures aliquots of body fluids, such as 24-hour urine, in order to store or prepare for testing. Provides efficient customer service to clients who contact the processing section by phone, or, in person Coordinates with Phlebotomists to ensure there is coverage where needed or where tasks need to be completed. Assists in teaching/training new staff and phlebotomy students in accessioning and phlebotomy skills. Acts as an information specialist for the section and assists Providers and others in locating results, adding tests to existing orders, explaining collection procedures, handling requirements and any special requirements for esoteric testing. Investigates and documents processing, labeling, collection and other specimen errors using incident reports. Packages and ships diagnostic specimens to reference labs following DOT and IATA regulations. Enter reference lab results in VISTA, evaluates the validity of the test result in relation to the test system, assay procedure, age and gender of the patient. Operates instrumentation that performs blood cell testing with the newest methodologies which include impedance testing, flow cytometry, immunochemical staining. Operates instrumentation for semi-quantitative and quantitative measurements of chemical and cellular constituents in urine specimens. Operates instrumentation for the determination of prothrombin time for warfarin monitoring, activated partial thromboplastin time, and d-dimer testing. Responsible for the operation of the analyzers to include calibrations, preventative maintenance, quality control test performance, and proficiency testing. Responsible for the setup of cultures, staining of specimens, and isolation of bacteria. Operates the instrumentation that identifies and performs inhibitory concentration analysis on the isolates that are considered pathogenic. Knowledge of gross morphology, chemical reactions, and microscopic morphology are required for the processing of specimens and identification or organisms. Ability to work independently of others and to make sound decisions based upon the results of the immunologic tests so as to provide a safe product for transfusion. Maintains and documents the laboratory facilities and equipment and controls supplies. Determines compliance with safety requirements establishes inventory and equipment maintenance requirements and maintains appropriate inventories and maintenance schedules. Maintains laboratory stock and orders materials, as needed. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instrumentation on timely intervals so as to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. Performs troubleshooting on the instrumentation from basic procedures. Maintains and controls laboratory records. Develops and maintains detailed records of all experimental or other protocols and results are neatly kept and catalogued in appropriate format. Records information pertaining to the storage of specimens or reagents and completes appropriate tracking/inventory system information. Perform other administrative duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 07:30a-04:00p, Rotating, Holidays, and Weekends Compressed/Flexible: Not Available. Telework: Not Available.Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD40827A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599514100
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