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BMH Bronson Methodist Hospital
Prepares histological slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by Pathologist. They have an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the area(s) assigned. The methodologies used and procedures performed may vary from a simple evaluation to a complex process involving instrumentation. Employees providing direct patient care must demonstrate competencies specific to the population served.
Must have experience, within the last ten years, in the following areas: Fixation, Microtomy, Processing, and Staining.
The laboratory director may delegate the dissection of specimens to non-pathologist individuals; these individuals must be qualified as high complexity testing personnel under CLIA regulations. The minimum training/experience required of such personnel is:
1. An earned associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology, obtained from an accredited institution, OR
2. Education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses, OR 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination. In addition, the individual must have laboratory training including either completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the ABHES, NAACLA, or other organization approved by HHS (note that this training may be included in the 60 semester hours listed above), OR at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing.
ASCP certification as HT or HTL required, certification eligible histologists must receive certification within one year of hire date.
All individuals who are newly certified since January 1, 2004 must maintain ongoing certification through completion of required maintenance program from ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) accrediting body.
• Experience, within the last 10 years, in Fixation, Microtomy, Processing and Staining
• Must be able to operate and perform basic computer programs associated with documentation and record keeping in the department including the anatomic pathology computer.
• Shows dignity and respect to patient, family and team members.
• Communicates and shares information with providers and team members, both verbally and written.
• Treats team members as valued partners.
Work which produces high levels of mental/visual fatigue, e.g., interactive and repetitive or small detailed work requiring alertness and concentration for sustained periods of time, the operation of and full attention to a personal computer or CRT between 40 and 70 percent of the time.
Involves considerable standing or walking, regular lifting of light-weight objects (i.e., 20 pounds or less) and assisting with heavier tasks such as assisting in lifting and moving patients. Minor straining or fatiguing positions must be assumed, and some fatiguing physical motions are required.
• Responsible for specimen processing and test performance.
• Performs only tests that they have trained in and demonstrated competency.
• Follows the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analysis, and maintaining records of patient test results.
• Follows good laboratory practices with reagent stability and storage.
• Adheres to the laboratory's chemical and biohazardous safety policies and procedures.
• Maintains records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens.
• Adheres to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations, maintenance and troubleshooting performed.
• Follows the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
• Capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the supervisor prior to reporting patient test results.
• Documents all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications.
• Assists supervisor in evaluating and selecting new testing methods and instrumentation.
• Participates in Laboratory Quality Program activities with emphasis on assuring compliance with training, safety, laboratory, hospital, and accreditation standards
• Maintains competencies and certification through approved methods of continuing education.
• Assists in orienting any new laboratory employees.
• Assists in training new accession techs and cytologists in preanalytical phases of testing.
• Assists in training histologists in preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical phases of testing.
Scheduled Weekly Hours
3304 Lab Histology (BMH)
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