The purpose of the Medical Laboratory Scientist position in the Flow Cytometry 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 filling this position will be of professional demeanor and perform their duties with an attitude, which will best serve the clients of the department.
1. Performs testing for flow cytometry and special immunology using the Hematology automatic cells counter, Aria and Canto flow instruments and Architect 2000.
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 and documents action.
2. Prepares and processes samples for testing:
Performs cell lysis and ficoll-hypaque density gradient separation, whole blood lysis manually or using Coulter Prep Plus instrument, tissue disintegration, freezing, thawing, or other cell preparation techniques.
Performs staining of samples following written procedures.
Makes cytospin slides, stains slides, performs differentials on cytospins, stains cells, washes, and rinses, and fixes cell preparations, according to written procedures and within stated timelines.
Performs sample processing duties: Checks in samples, prints work lists, enters results, reviews work, files paperwork, etc.
Performs all computer functions using laboratory information systems (LIS) software, LIS/HIS according to established procedures and enters required comments in computer.
Organizes study samples and data using manual or computer-based methods.
3. 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.
Makes copies and forwards data to faculty in a timely manner.
Works with faculty to improve efficiency and quality of work.
Assists with correcting reports, reviewing work lists.
4. Calibrates, maintains and troubleshoots laboratory instruments and procedures.
5. Other duties
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.
Trains new employees, students, residents and fellows.
Performs other tasks and/or projects as assigned or requested by manager and technical coordinator.
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.
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.
Positions in laboratory departments require the ability to carry and lift up to 30 lbs.; ability to stand or sit for 4-8 hours depending on the tasks assigned; ability to bend, reach, and carry as required for assigned tasks; ability to utilize simple and complicated laboratory equipment and computers; ability to utilize multi-line phones, pagers, dictation equipment, and office equipment.
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