The incumbent serves in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. The position is that of a Health Technician assigned to provide phlebotomy support for both in- and outpatients. - The majority of the incumbent's day will be spent accessioning, processing, and performing routine venipuncture specimen collections from inpatient and outpatients. - Ensures samples have the correct identification, order number and accession number label. - Ensures correct routing of clinical samples to laboratory sections, informing other staff of sample urgency as necessary. - Utilize standard procedures for the maintenance of positive patient identification; records appropriate collection information in accordance with established protocol. - All specimen collection must be performed by the guidelines established by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and PALMS including the quality control and quality assurance. - Performs blood collection safely using a variety of phlebotomy techniques including vacutainer system and butterfly collection, ensuring samples are submitted to the clinical laboratory with least possible delay. - Appropriately educated in identifying adverse reactions to venipuncture procedures, such as dizziness, nausea and hematomas. Following proper procedures when incidents of fainting and convulsions occur is anticipated to be carried out until further help arrives. - Verify and evaluate a variety of physician generated test orders for these specimens. - Prepares and processes a variety of specimen types. - The technician must be familiar with tests performed throughout the laboratory i.e. chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation etc. - Must be knowledgeable with basic computer skills to be able to access reference laboratory for send out test requirements when the need arises. - The technician is especially careful and attentive to blood bank specimens. - Receives and sorts specimens collected from inpatients, outpatients, and all CBOC's, checks request slips for proper information, logs in specimen, accession the specimen using VISTA, and delivers - Observe all laboratory safety and infection control practices in accordance with the procedures established by national, regional, and facility policies. - responds to and assists if needed in emergency situations, and performs first aid procedures for patients who become sick or faint while having blood drawn. - The incumbent must have knowledge of specimen suitability in order to test appropriate patient samples. - Performs microbiology preparation work as directed by the medical technologist. - Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. - Requires knowledge of differing requirements for over 700 laboratory tests. This includes specialized procedures for infrequently ordered send-out tests. - Responsible for training of new employees, residents, and students. This includes teaching basic phlebotomy technique to current students and new graduates. - Performs blood-drawing duties in a courteous manner, makes the patient feel as comfortable as possible, explains procedures and positions patients for repetitive procedures. - Uses centrifuges to process the specimens after collection. He/she is able to sort and deliver specimens to the appropriate testing areas throughout the laboratory. Work Schedule: Tour of Duty will varies: 06:45am - 3:15pm, 7:00am -3:30pm, 7:30am -4:00pm, and 8:00am - 4:30pm including rotating weekend and holidays. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Med Technician/PD911960 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598671700
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