The purpose of the Medical Laboratory Scientist position in the Special Immunology and Coagulation section is to provide high quality patient care testing services that support the overall patient care activities of OHSU Hospitals a Clinics and the Department of Pathology. The person in this position is authorized to perform all testing in the following areas: Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Immunology, Chemistry/Toxicology and Biochemical Genetics. The person filling this position will be of professional demeanor and perform their duties with an attitude that will best serve the clients of the department.
Positions in the laboratory and environs may require working flexible schedules including nights weekends and holidays; working at multiple laboratory or hospital sites; traveling between laboratories and sites by stairs, elevator, tram, shuttle or other means; exposure to blood and body fluids, chemical hazards, radiation; working in a somewhat noisy and crowded environment; wearing gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment for long periods of time; experiencing occasional temperature fluctuations in building.
Performs testing for laboratory section using various laboratory instrumentation, reagents and reagent kits.
Follows written procedures, processes and policies.
Determines acceptability of specimens and results.
Performs instrument maintenance, start-up and QC, checks instrument parameters, and documents any action taken to bring instruments within specifications.
Performs troubleshooting procedures if indicated by daily QC or other checks
Prepares and processes samples for testing.
Performs sample processing duties: Checks in samples, prints work lists, enters results, reviews work, files paperwork, etc.
Performs all computer functions using LIS/HIS according to established procedures and makes required comments in computer.
Organizes study samples and data using manual or computer-based methods and documents action.
Reviews and compiles testing results and paperwork for interpretation by lead, Technical Coordinator, manager or faculty:
Ensures that all patient and QC results are calculated and recorded according to standard procedures.
Checks results for plausibility and consistency with diagnostic criteria.
Works with faculty to improve efficiency and quality of work.
Works with faculty to evaluate and adapt new tests and methods for pre-analytical sample preparation in all methods used by the laboratory in order to improve the efficiency, accuracy and throughput of testing. Carefully documents method development ideas/procedures in writing
Writes new and revises old laboratory procedures
Assists with correcting reports, reviewing work lists.
Calibrates, maintains and troubleshoots laboratory instruments and procedures.
Assists with inventory of reagents and supplies, according to established procedures.
Answers phones, transfers calls, calls or pages physicians, and documents appropriately.
Attends and participates in staff meetings and training.
Completes competency training, annual review of policy and procedure manuals and safety review as scheduled.
Schedules patients for special studies and obtains medical history necessary. Perform phlebotomy on patients and normal donors as needed to obtain specimens for testing.
Trains new employees, students, residents and fellows.
Performs other projects as assigned or requested by manager, technical coordinator or lead worker.
This position requires the employee to work variable hours, weekends, some holidays and on call. Working alone is often required on the off-shifts. Excellent attendance required.
Performs requirements for staff members as outlined in Compliance Roles and Responsibilities in OHSU Hospitals and Clinics , and understands and complies with the Code of Conduct, OHSU and departmental policies and procedures, and other applicable procedures, rules and regulations.
Communicates and works effectively as part of a team, and interacts with a variety of clients including doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and patients, maintaining a customer service focus at all times.
Refers questions to technical coordinator, lead worker or lab manager when needed.
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