Medical Laboratory Technologist or Medical Laboratory Technician
Job Title: Medical Technologist/Technician (Generalist)
Reports to: Laboratory Director
Collects and performs testing in all areas of the laboratory to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Draws acceptable blood samples, from the patient’s finger or vein
Uses sterile technique in the collection of Blood Cultures
Properly identifies patient and labels sample at the patient’s bedside
Attaches Blood Bank Band at time of collection of Crossmatch Sample
Collects samples from patients of all ages, ranging
from Newborn, Infant, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult, or Geriatric.
Good communication skills and techniques with all age groups in the collection
Performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on the instruments in the laboratory
Runs, reviews, evaluates and documents Quality Control for each test performed
Able to troubleshoot instruments
Calls Technical Support and resolves instrument problems over the phone
Chooses acceptable samples for the testing process
Conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis of body fluids such as blood, urine and spinal fluid
Performs test: documents, and reports promptly, accurately and proficiently
Performs repeat analysis on all critical values
Verifies quality control has been performed and is acceptable before reporting results.
Identifies incompatible units and positive antibody screens in Blood Bank
Recognizes agglutination that is seen with incompatible units or positive antibody screens
Identifies antibodies with Antibody Workup in Blood Bank
Provides the proper blood product for transfusion in Blood Bank
Consults with the Lab Director on difficult analysis or abnormal findings, as needed
Post Testing Skills:
Recognizes normal results and critical values for all age groups
Recollects and verifies samples with erroneous values.
Notifies nurse or physician when critical values are obtained
Notifies Lab Director of any need for time-off in advance
Notifies Lab Director of any issues that negatively impact patient testing
Notifies Lab Director of supply needs
Provides direction and assistance to patients, patient’s families, and visitors in a courteous manner
Responds to others in a positive and professional manner
Uses empathy and good communication skills
Offers suggestions for positive change in the lab
Reviews all information posted by the Lab Director
Works continuously at establishing a good rapport and cooperative working relationship with all hospital personnel
Attempts to recognize the needs of others and meet that need when possible
Demonstrates good judgment when responding to request and interacting with nurses and physicians
Policies and procedures:
Has read and reviews annually all written procedures.
Has a complete understanding of the policies and procedures outlined
in the Laboratory Departmental Policy and Procedure Manual
Has a complete understanding of the policies and procedures outlined in each
Work Area and Handing of specimens::
Receives reagents and supplies
Checks expiration date of reagents and rotates stock.
Cleans and disinfects working area.
Wears PPE when handling body fluids or contaminated objects
Disposes of hazardous material according to proper guidelines
Never takes shortcuts that may endanger someone
Schedule and Work Hours:
May be asked at any time to perform duties not mentioned on this form
Available to work, as needed
Arrives to work on time
Arrives to work on the days schedule
Notifies Lab Director of any sickness that may interfere with attendance
Notifies Lab Director in advance of any vacation or days off needed
Adjust to scheduling changes in a pleasant manner.
Willing to cover when there is a staffing shortage
Promptly responds to stat request
Correctly “manually” enters results into computer
Correctly accepts interfaced results
Correctly handles Lab Corp Interface testing
Correctly enters Microbiology results
Hospital Policies and Procedures:
Knows the labs responsibility during a fire or a disaster
Knows the telephone numbers of coworkers (or where to find them)
Uses Universal Precautions in the full testing process
Follows appropriate isolation protocols
Clocks out when leaving the hospital campus
Knows precautions needed to protect themselves in a laboratory environment:
Works near moving mechanical parts
May be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals
Risk of Electrical Shock
May work with flammable material
May be exposed to airborne particles
Noise level is usually moderate.
Graduate of a 2 year MLT Program or a 4 year MT Program, preferred.
License/Registration: Preferred to be licensed by ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologist)
Experience: 5 years preferred
Have the necessary skill set to perform each essential duty satisfactorily
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Able to write routine reports and correspondence
Able to calculate figures such as Creatinine Clearance or Urinary Protein
Able to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
Able to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations
Must be able to sit, stand or walk
Use hands and fingers to feel objects, tools or control.
Must to be able to talk or hear
Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds
Must have good close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus