Within the defined scope of practice and in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, accreditation requirements and certification standards, prepare tissue specimens, cell blocks, cytology smears on body fluids, and autopsy specimens for examination by the pathologist; insures all required information and documentation are accurately, timely and correctly submitted. Adheres to the professional standards of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Embed, cut and stain variety of tissues and specimens including small/delicate specimens, serial sections and frozen sections utilizing special stains; identifies specimens unsatisfactory for examination, and notifies the pathologist and the ordering physician.
Follows uniform and standardized procedures for accomplishing testing on submitted human tissue, body tissue and body fluids including the steps, sequence of steps, strength of solutions, etc.; provides post-test data on the functioning of tissues and organs, and the cause, type or progress of disease.
Insures that all specimens are properly, accurately and completely labeled, and that the proper documentation initiating testing is submitted with all required documentation. Provides comprehensive, accurate and timely written and/or electronic documentation on examination, procedural steps and findings in accordance with documentation standards. Responds to inquiries from pathologist and attending/ordering physician.
Conducts quality control procedures on instrumentation, equipment, reagents, stains and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Recognizes and immediately acts through appropriate means and channels regarding unusual instrumentation or reagent quality control results.
Uses supplies and resources cost effectively: Restocks supplies and cleans benches in preparation for the next shift, notifies supervisor if additional supplies are needed, makes suggestions for equipment and supplies, maintains an orderly and safe work area, disposes of biohazardous materials, trash and recyclables according to laboratory guidelines.
Information Administration: Actively participates in the teaching and training of new employees, students and house staff, and teaches proper laboratory technique using established procedures. Discusses and demonstrates testing, theory, and instrumentation, reviews all aspects of the training checklist, and recommends additional training for new staff. Evaluates and adapts new or existing procedures. Reviews and makes recommendation concerning technical procedures, assists in the implementation of new procedures, and performs precision, accuracy and correlation studies on new or existing procedures. Recommends implementation of new/revised procedures and writes and revises procedures.
At all times, provides service excellence and service recovery in the delivery of services to patients and in interaction with internal and external partners.