Thursday, June 26, 2008

Clinical Lab Technologist


POSITION DESCRIPTON: Performs clinical laboratory testing on blood and other specimens from patients to assist the physician in diagnosis of disease and monitoring of patient's condition. Main functions include processing blood and non-blood specimens, performance of laboratory testing using sophisticated instrumentation, entry of information in the laboratory information system, performance of quality control and proficiency testing, blood collection by venipuncture or capillary puncture, and possibly other related tests.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS A. B.Sc. Degree in Medical Technology B. Two (2) or more years experience in Medical Laboratory. Will be required to perform work of a "generalist" nature, but is usually a specialist in one of the fields of medical technology such as hematology, special chemistry, clinical microscopy, etc.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TYPICAL DUTIES ARE OUTLINED WITHIN EACH SPECIALIZATION AREA: MICROBIOLOGY: A. Cultivates and identifies organisms as to genus/species or general morphological group from patients' body fluids, exudates, skin scraping, or autopsy and surgical specimens, to provide data on the cause and cure of disease. May use automated systems such Vitek AMS and BancTec Blood Culture System. B. Isolates bacteria and identifies them by determination of their cultural characteristics and biochemical reactions. C. Determines the susceptibility of pathogenic organisms to antibiotics.

PARASITOLOGY: D. Identifies intestinal parasites, parasites which invade the blood and/or other tissues of man, such as Plasmodium, Leishmania, Trypanosoma and filarial worms. Detects parasites when such detection is rendered difficult by the scarcity of the parasites or by its stage of development.

BIOCHEMISTRY: E. Performs over 100 different Laboratory tests involving the use of the DuPont ACA Automatic Analyzer, Gemsaec Centrifugal Analyzer, Automated Blood Gas Systems, Flame Photometers, Oxygen Saturation Instrument, Ion Selective Electrode Electrolyte Analyzers, Osmometer and many other types of equipment.

COAGULATION: F. Performs a variety of coagulation studies using aggregation profiler, fibrometer and coagulation profiler.

BLOOD BANK: G. Screens donors and draws 500 ml of blood for transfusion in accordance with the standards of the American Association of Blood Banks. H. Processes blood by typing, special grouping and tests for Hepatitis and Syphilis. Prepares blood components such as packed cells, fresh frozen plasma, platelet rich plasma, platelet concentrate and cryoprecipitate. Crossmatches patient's blood to that of donor's to establish compatibility using a variety of special serums and panel cells.

URINALYSIS: I. Performs chemical and microscopic analysis of urine. Uses Automated systems as Clinitek.

HEMATOLOGY: J. Performs a variety of hematology tests using the Coulter Model S, S plus III, S plus IV, Coulter ZBI and automatic platelet counter. Performs microscopic examination of blood smears for differential white count. May use automated systems such as Heamatrak.

SPECIAL PROCEDURES: K. Performs a variety of tests following Special Biochemical Procedures and techniques such as Hemagglutination Inhibition, Radioimmunoassays, Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assays, Immunodiffusion Electrophoresis, Electrophoresis and Chromatography.

PHLEBOTOMY LABORATORY: L. Collects blood from patients by finger stick or venipuncture. Must be familiar with the various tests available, the amount of blood required for each and the type of tube used. ALL: M. Performs other miscellaneous related duties as requested by the Supervisor.

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