Must meet the qualifications of a clinical laboratory scientist (or may be medical lab tech). Responsible for quality control, proficiency testing, technology/equipment updates. Phlebotomy skills. Must be organized, able to work independently and in team setting. Experience in high complexity lab required. Secondary for CLIA certification.
The medical laboratory technician (MLT) performs various laboratory tests to obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They obtain or receive specimens for laboratory analysis and judge if specimens are of good quality. All laboratory equipment and needed materials are under the care of the MLT. They are responsible for understanding the basic principles behind each test and for utilizing that knowledge in all departments. Quality control is a major consideration in their work. They report all test results and maintain records of performance as defined in the laboratory’s general and sectional policy and procedure manuals.
The Medical Laboratory Technician works closely with all laboratory personnel, all patients, and the staff at locations where the specimens are obtained.
Obtains and/or receives specimens from patients for lab analysis proficiently and independently.
Follows all departmental and institutional safety policies to protect self and all lab personnel.
Sets up laboratory equipment and material for tests as required including stains, reagents, solutions, and supplies as needed.
Maintains equipment in accordance with defined policies and protocols and logs preventative maintenance of equipment. Logs performance of equipment and changes solutions and/or parts as required.
Records laboratory test results accurately and discusses any unusual findings with the lab director and/or pathologist.
Performs under minimal supervision the technical work in the various branches of medical technology accurately.
Assists in the daily monitoring of quality control, instrument maintenance, and laboratory procedures and inventory control as assigned by the lab director.
Takes appropriate action in out-of-control situations or when test results are discrepant or unexpected.
Follows protocols for proficiency testing and handing in appropriate paperwork within specified time frame.
Maintains a clean, organized work area and keeps working supplies stocked at bench.
Reports laboratory results to physicians and to the patient’s chart.
Communicates clearly with other hospital departments, co-workers, other customers outside HCHC, and physicians.
Assists in training new associates as assigned by the lab manager.
Shares on-call duty equally with other techs.
Reads policy and procedure manuals at least annually and maintains awareness of changes in procedures and protocols.
Completes other duties as assigned.
Assist in writing and/or revising test procedures.
Monitor the quality control and report results monthly. Apply the quality control data information as it is returned.
Review and report preventative maintenance on all department equipment. Enforce or do the maintenance as required.
Record needed supplies for ordering.
Become proficient with all equipment and be confident with troubleshooting the analyzer.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Associate degree from a Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA)-accredited MLT program.
Associate degree in chemistry, biology, or physics and experience in a medical laboratory area or completion of a military laboratory training program of at least 12 months in duration.
Associate degree in chemistry, biology or physics and CLA registry.
Associate degree in chemistry, biology or physics and Board of Registry Exam for MLT (ASCP, NCA or AMT)