This position is located in the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) in Montana Fort Harrison Laboratory. Performs a variety of functions, including: Accessioning specimens into the computer system; collecting, evaluating and processing patient specimens; answering questions related to sample collection; instructing and assisting patients and sending out specimens for testing. Follows policies and procedures established by the service, medical center, the VA and regulatory agencies. Duties include but may not be limited to: Incumbent collects and processes blood and body fluid specimens, ensuring safety and non-traumatic processes are used with critical concern for the patient and the quality of the specimen with a minimal number of failures, patient bruising, or required re-sticks. This involves correct patient identification, which means asking their full name and last four of their social security number. Verifies that the proper tubes are used and the correct amount of blood is drawn. Labels all tubes with the patient's name, full social security number. date, time and the phlebotomist's initials and re-identifies patient using full name and full SSN. Adheres to safety, infection control and universal precautions at all times while collecting samples. This includes wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. Must be proficient in the area of phlebotomy, being able to draw all but the most difficult patients and follow proper procedures for redrawing blood. In addition, must develop the essential speed required to complete the blood drawing duties. The Technician must be familiar with tests performed throughout the laboratory, i.e. chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology, and cytology. Duties require that the incumbent be familiar with the Vista and CPRS computer systems. Collecting timed specimens for growth hormone, peak and trough drug levels, glucose and lactose tolerance specimens" Collecting blood cultures using aseptic technique. Urine collection in accordance with the Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program as administered and regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for drug testing of new employees. lnstructs patients in proper sterile midstream urine collection, 24 hour urine collection, and collection of stool specimens for culture and sensitivity, ova and parasites and occult bloods. Assists in teaching laboratory and clinic personnel theoretical and practical aspects of phlebotomy, specimen collection and specimen requirements. Must be able to respond to, report and assist in emergency situations. Must know CPR and first aid procedures for the care of patients who become sick, arrest or faint while having blood drawn. Observes and reports any physical or mental changes while patients are being drawn to clinical or supervisory personnel. Provides care based on physical, educational, safety and related criteria appropriate to the age of patients served. . Maintains a clean workspace and continuously monitors the area for contamination. Procedures for properly decontaminating spills and the safe disposal of all contaminated materials must be understood and followed at all times. lnvestigate missing or incomplete patient laboratory orders. Prepares the lab appointment lists for veterans at least one week ahead of schedule to ensure prompt attention to the patient when they present for specimen collection. Identifies unusual conditions and discrepancies which may cause erroneous test results. Makes sound decisions independently, and takes appropriate action to correct and solve problems. Processes all specimens according to strict guidelines to assure specimen integrity. Requires knowledge of differing requirements for over 700 laboratory tests. The employee is responsible for protecting data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion also, the employee must follow applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access code, etc., as set out in the automated information system security access agreement which the employee has signed. Incumbent is responsible for receiving and storage of Laboratory supplies. This includes, but is not limited to, documenting the receipt date on each item, verifying the storage requirement of each item by temperature requirement (room temperature, refrigerator or freezer), and rotating the stock to ensure the newest supply is in the back. In addition the incumbent is required to check the expiration date of all reagents and supplies in the room temperature storage room for expiration, sequestering the item, and notifying the supervisor of the findings. Performs other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Days and evening. Mondays thru Fridays with occasional Saturdays. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Technician/PD10174A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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