The Diagnostic Technician collects the proper specimens from the patient, i.e., blood, urine, or other body fluid, or culture from various body sites according to the physician's order, ensuring specimen integrity. This position follows standard operating procedures for positive patient ID, collection, labeling, processing, and handling of appropriate specimens ensuring patient safety while maintaining customer focus. This position also performs moderate complexity laboratory testing procedures in a timely manner and accurate manner according to established hospital and departmental policies and procedures. These functional duties are performed in Pre-Analytic, Analytic, and Post-Analytic phase in the Laboratory Path of Workflow. S/he complies with the CLIA standards, listed as responsibilities under 42CFR493.1425 for moderate complexity testing personnel as listed below:
•Performs only those moderate complexity test that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training or experience, and technical abilities
•Follows the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results.
•Performs and 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 and maintenance performed.
•Follows the laboratory's established corrective action policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance.
•Is 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 general supervisor, technical supervisor, or medical director.
•Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications
The Diagnostic Technician performs a variety of duties and technical tasks structured to assist patients and other healthcare providers. These tasks are necessary to support the ongoing care of hospital patients. When necessary to complete required job activities, the Diagnostic Technician may have access or be granted limited access to medication storage areas. No high risk or high diversion potential medications will be unsecured in the medication storage areas where non-clinical staff may be permitted.
Education High school diploma or GED required. Thirteen week phlebotomy course or 3 month military course is preferred.Licenses Valid driver's license with proof of insurance required. Work Experience Previous phlebotomy experience preferred. Required Skills Understanding of medical terminology desirable. Safe, courteous and defensive driving skills required.
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