The incumbent serves as a phlebotomist in the clinical laboratory as assigned. The incumbent performs point of care (POC) testing, clerical and technical support in the coordination, care, and treatment provided to inpatients and outpatients of this Medical Center. Work includes utilization of established protocols and procedures to perform a wide variety of duties interrelated with the collection of blood, urine, and other specimens from patients for analytical purposes. Receives and evaluates requests for lab testing. Interacts with appropriate health care system personnel to resolve any discrepancies regarding lab testing requests. Follows established protocols to verify patient identity prior to specimen collection. Collects blood, urine, or other specimens and/or evaluates suitability of specimen for testing. Knowledgeable in the use of special drawing techniques and appropriate patient preparation, resulting in minimal trauma to the patient. Versed in use of appropriate collection containers and appropriate specimen volumes. Adheres to safety, infection control, and universal precautions at all times while drawing blood. Uses proper personal protective equipment when performing specimen collection and follows proper handwashing/disinfecting techniques required by posted contact, droplet, or airborne precautions. Uses proper personal protective equipment when performing specimen collection and follows proper handwashing/disinfecting techniques required by posted contact, droplet, or airborne precautions. Effectively communicates with all levels of the health care system personnel as well as patients and their family members in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Utilizes computer system for retrieving and accepting lab orders, printing specimen labels, and correspondence. Assists in teaching laboratory and health care system personnel theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen requirements. Provides instruction to patients regarding collection 24-hour urine samples, stool sample collection, and sputum sample collection. Proficient in knowledge of performance parameters for POC INR testing to include recognition of critical values. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30AM-4:00PM with alternating Weekend and Holidays. Coverage of occasional night and PM shifts as needed. Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician (Phlebotomist)/PD40101A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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