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Job ID: 142312
Category: Medical Laboratory/Pathology
Work Type: FT
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
DescriptionPenn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.
General Summary Statement
Assist in the oversight of the operations of the section. Assist in scheduling and staffing. Act as a point person for trouble shooting and problem solving. Handle phone inquires from physicians and other staff members. Performs a variety of routine and complex tests in all laboratory sections. Demonstrates thorough knowledge of laboratory operations, testing procedures, department policies. Authorized by the laboratory director to perform testing (and result reporting*) in the clinical laboratory for which they have been proved competent. Works under minimal supervision for specimen processing, test performance, and result reporting. Note: *Supervisory or director review is not required to report clinical laboratory results.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Accomplishes routine and stat testing within established guidelines and produces accurate
results. Makes correct judgments about the validity of test results based on quality control data
and patient status.
2. Accommodates increased workload at peak times and maintains quality of results
3. Performs testing independently, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of department protocols and theoretical aspects of testing procedures.
Maintains complete and accurate logs or documents including QC, as required, according to
Uses autoverification and associated technologies to release results where validated. Verifies
non-autoverified results before release. Consults supervisor for assistance when necessary
Recognizes critical values and reportable results according to protocol. Reports critical
results appropriately to authorized caregivers and documents this action in the laboratory
Reports and documents QA related incidents to the section supervisor and the Laboratory’s
Understands and performs information system functions necessary for operations
4. Demonstrates creative thinking and problem solving and knows when to seek appropriate
5. Familiarity with Laboratory Exposure Control Plan which includes the Chemical Hygiene
Plan, Hazard Communication Program and OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen standard and applies
standard precautions to work practices and knows how to appropriately deal with chemical or
Demonstrates safe practices in the performance of assigned job duties.
Reports any unsafe practices or conditions to appropriate responsible parties.
Education Training and Experience
BS degree with MLS or MT preferred. Certifications, education, and/or experience must meet CLIA requirements for moderate and high complexity testing. Instrumentation experience preferred.
MLS Certification by a minimum knowledge based exam such as the Board of Certification (ASCP) or equivalent required.
Work Environment and Hazards
Laboratory environment; may be exposed to potentially hazardous substances, contaminated specimens, or unpleasant odors.
Work Contact Group
Laboratory employees, Nursing staff, physicians, inpatients and outpatients, other hospital employees.
Special Physical Demands
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