GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
Assists with the handling of all specimens to ensure the smooth flow of specimens through the laboratory operations area with the knowledge and understanding of the urgency and importance of the specimens being processed.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Processes specimens for testing:
- Accessions specimens. Performs specimen verification, SQ, and other log-in procedures, making certain all pertinent information is included in the process. Makes certain all "stat" and other priority samples are processed first.
- Labels specimens and properly forwards them for testing. Makes certain the number and color of tubes is correct. Makes certain "stat" specimens are readied for processing first. Alerts bloods gas technician when specimen is ready for testing. Delivers "superstat" samples.
- Processes specimens by centrifugation/8100 as needed. Makes certain specimens are spun in order of their priority. Scans non-8100 specimen numbers into computer for monitoring of turnaround times.
- Aliquots samples as needed. Makes certain that amounts and types of specimens are aliquoted correctly. Maintains sample integrity per established procedures. Places samples in the appropriate locations for pick-up by other labs or for reference lab testing.
Performs single-workstation processing per established protocols. Maintains quality and productivity within established parameters.
Responsible for covering Sort workstation:
- Verifies accuracy of tests logged and corrects them where necessary. Maintains requisitions for easy retrieval.
- Notifies providers of collection or processing errors and enters results into the computer.
- Performs troubleshooting duties for coordinators and clinicians.
- Prints and distributes reports. Faxes reports upon request.
Responsible for receiving, sorting and prioritizing all samples arriving in Lab Control.
- Makes sure that stat and other priority samples are processed first.
- Makes sure that all samples are accounted for, time stamped and distributed among workstations per established procedures. Maintains sample integrity per established procedures.
- Maintains order among requisitions to facilitate timely processing and minimize delays. Notifies technician in-charge of backups.
Transports specimens and supplies via cooler from Lab Control to Shuttle Bus and other locations. Maintains logs and transit sheets per established procedure. Assists with canisters and phone when not on runs. Stores and discards specimens per established protocols. Performs end-of shift courier duties as directed.
Responsible for daily operation of the Roche 8100 automated line
- Loads samples and replenishes module supplies
- Troubleshoots alarms, calls for assistance from more senior staff when necessary.
- Performs TSM line changes with the assistance of the chemistry staff.
Assists with workflow issues and other duties as directed by the senior staff. Answers the phone as needed: provides information and performs add-ons as requested by the clinician. Refers callers appropriately when indicated.
Performs emergency procedures during computer down time, following established protocols under the direction of the tech in charge.
Informs Coordinator and Supervisor when workstation supplies are low.
Is responsible to be aware of JC National Patient Safety Goals and to comply with BWH and Laboratory polices and procedures.
Performs other duties as required.Qualifications
High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
2 yrs. previous laboratory experience preferred.EEO Statement
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.