Each individual performs only those waived, moderate, or highly complex tests authorized by CLIA 88’, Subpart M -- Personnel for Nonwaived Testing, sections 493.1423, and 493.1489, and must possess a degree of skill commensurate with individual’s education, training or experience and technical abilities. Each individual performing the above procedures must: 1) adhere to the laboratory’s procedures for the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of patient test results, 2) follow the laboratory’s established quality control policies and procedures in documenting all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory’s established performance specifications, 3) be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance and either correct the problem or immediately notify your immediate supervisor, Director, or Medical Director, 4) perform a wide variety of laboratory procedures requiring independent judgment using both manual and automated methods in Hematology, Blood Bank, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Microbiology, Immunology, and any other discipline as introduced into the laboratory, 5) perform and document maintenance – daily, weekly, monthly, or as needed on instruments and equipment as appropriate, 6) review the accuracy of patient results prior to releasing or reporting, 7) recognize age specific differences in expected results for newborns to geriatrics, 8) ensure that the testing of proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient samples and that collaboration with other laboratories is prohibited prior to the reporting of proficiency testing results to the appropriate agencies, 9) may be required to perform venipuncture or capillary puncture on various age groups from newborn to geriatrics, 10) assist in the development and maintenance of laboratory policies and procedures, 11) adheres to all department and hospital policies and procedures related to safety, infection control, emergency preparedness, and human resources, 12) other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned by the department manager/director.
Performs and verifies quality controls results, documents corrective action taken to resolve any QC outliers.
Verifies correct labeling of all specimens prior to testing and notifies laboratory supervisor of all labeling errors. Completes hospital variance report.
Reviews the accuracy of patient results prior to releasing or reporting. Does not report questionable test results, notifies supervisor and if needed, has specimen recollected for all tests.
Recognizes age specific differences in expected results for newborns to geriatrics
Reports results accurately in computer with less than 2 errors per year which require a corrected report. No serious errors are permitted.
Critical values are called to the nursing unit or physician within time limits established by the laboratory and accurately documents read-back for results called.
Readily identifies problems that may adversely affect test performance and either corrects the problem or immediately notifies supervisor, Director, or Medical Director
Regularly performs routine and periodic instrument maintenance as recommended by manufacturer or policy.
Performs basic instrument troubleshooting and calls vendor technical service promptly with more complicated problems.
Performs testing on Proficiency Testing samples in accordance with laboratory procedure and regulatory requirements.
When performing data entry, accurately enters specimen information into computer. Medical record number, name, date and time must be verified with requisition. Less than 2 date errors per year. No medical record number or name errors are permitted.
Completes daily tasks such as stocking supplies, rotating specimens, cleaning counters, and instruments. Dispose of waste in appropriate containers.
Completes laboratory testing within turn around time expectations, as established in department policy and procedure.
Completes all work within scheduled shift, without unapproved overtime.
Reviews and resolves pending list entries periodically throughout the shift, at the end of the shift, and endorses to the next shift.
Takes the initiative to assist in other areas of the department when needed, based on technical ability.
Assists in the development and maintenance of laboratory policies and procedures as requested by supervisor/manager
Assists in performing venipuncture or capillary puncture on various age groups from newborn to geriatrics when needed.
Actively participates in the training and orientation of new employees.
Actively participates in the quality assurance and performance improvement initiatives of the department.
Performs other duties as assigned by the CLS II, CLS III, Lab Manager and Laboratory Director.
Possession of a valid state Clinical Laboratory Scientist license issued by the State in which the laboratory is located if the licensing is required.
Licensure/Certification: MT (ASCP) or equivalent registry (e.g. AMT) required.
Minimum 1 year clinical laboratory experience preferred, but a new graduate acceptable
Associates Degree or completion of coursework in a program for CLS.
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