Lab Support Technician, Laboratory-Core Lab

Job Description

Location: West Chester Hospital
Department: Laboratory-Core Lab
Hours: Full Time, 40 Hours/Week
Shift: Third Shift

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The Lab Support Technician collects specimens; performs pre- and post-analytic processing of specimens; accessions, labels and distributes specimens. Performs clerical and miscellaneous duties and assists the technical staff.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY)
  • Engages in population appropriate communication.
  • Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks.
  • Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment.
  • Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient.
  • Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems.
  • Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately.
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious/cultural norms.
  • Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely.
  • Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Obtains blood specimens by venipuncture or skin puncture:
  • Follows proper patient identification protocols Follows established blood collection protocols
  • Demonstrates a high level of skill (minimal can't gets, recollects, blood culture contamination rate, etc.)
  • Prioritizes workload, collects samples in a timely manner, and ensures timely transit of samples to laboratory
  • Uses order monitor or collection log to ensure timely specimen collection
  • Communicates to appropriate person(s) the status of any uncompleted collection
  • Handles problems encountered in am appropriate manner
  • Cleans and stocks phlebotomy supplies at end of shift

Performs Pre- and Post-Analytical Processing Functions:
  • Collection verifies and receipt verifies specimens within expected timeframe
  • Processes volume of specimens appropriate for the assigned work area
  • Processes samples in a timely manner and within expected timeframe
  • Distributes samples to the correct work area within established timeframe
  • Follows established guidelines for centrifugation of samples
  • Follows established guidelines for aliquoting and preparing samples, including those being sent to a reference lab (labeling, specimen type, volume, storage, and stabilization for transport)
  • Creates and processes transport lists according to established protocols
  • Performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance and performance checks on departmental equipment as assigned and performs other routine maintenance (housekeeping, safety, etc.) in the department
  • Handles large workload or unusual working conditions without assistance
  • Accounts for all work on logs to assure sample integrity and minimize lost samples.
  • Is able to troubleshoot problems identified without assistance.
  • Cleanse and stocks work station at the end of the shift
  • Serves as a resource to co-workers for problem resolution

Performs clerical duties:
  • Answers phone promptly in a courteous manner, identifying oneself to the caller.
  • Handles phone requests with a minimum of call transfers.
  • Coordinates the collection of blood draws ensuring efficient distribution of work.
  • Completes collection pool summary
  • Reviews lab requisitions for completeness of information and resolves any problems identified in the appropriate manner.
  • Properly processes add-on and recollect requests
  • Performs departmental filing and clerical needs

Safety:
  • Follows safety policies and procedures in all phases of specimen collection, transportation and processing.

Special Procedures:
  • Performs special procedures to include bleeding times and blood cultures Is knowledgeable in processing unusual send-out specimen, uses provided policies/procedures/guidelines
  • Is knowledgeable in handling pathology specimens including frozen sections.

Assists Technical Staff:
  • Assists the technical staff as assigned and within scope of training.
  • Duties could include loading analyzers, taking specimens off analyzers, entering organizing specimens for storage.

Competency and continuing education:
  • Department procedures and policies are reviewed in a timely manner
  • Mandatory continuing education modules are completed within the established time frame without individual reminders
  • Technical competencies are completed within the established time frame without individual reminder
  • Participates in continuing education opportunities such as the CAP competency assessment program.


Qualifications

Education: High school diploma or GED. Completion of formal phlebotomy training preferred.

Experience: Phlebotomy experience preferred, keyboarding skills preferred. Ability to effectively and efficiently perform job duties in a fast paced environment.