Collects, processes, and may draw laboratory specimens. Performs simple routine duties specific to assigned section.
High school graduation or equivalent; completion of an accredited program for laboratory assistants or phlebotomy, or 1 year clinical laboratory experience.
No experience required with completion of approved laboratory assistant or phlebotomist program.
No special certification, registration or license required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Basic computer skills. Verbal and written communication skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Collects specimens as directed and takes them to the laboratory for analysis, using appropriate or specified equipment for collecting and handling specimens. Logs specimens into the laboratory. Bags and files specimens; discards surgical specimens as necessary.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Generates and issues various laboratory reports. Generates billing reports, investigates discrepancies, and submits corrections.
Maintains a clean, orderly work environment with regard to safety and biohazardous conditions. Reports unsafe or hazardous conditions.
Maintains required records, reports, statistics, and files as directed.
Orders laboratory supplies and maintains supply inventories as directed.
Participates in meetings and on committees and may represent the department and hospital in community outreach efforts as required.
Performs and maintains quality control and preventive maintenance of equipment and materials. Calls attention of technologist to out-of-range results. Conducts instrument and refrigerator maintenance checks.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Performs preliminary setup procedures for specimens. Accessions incoming laboratory specimens, labels, centrifuges, verifies receipt, adds fixatives, pipets, and sorts for lab sections. Assists pathologist, physicians' assistants, and technicians as required. Places orders, cancels tests, and performs inquiries in the LIS.
Performs simple laboratory tests such as adding reagents as required and recording results.
Records and dates supplies as they come in and as they are put to use. Labels appropriately.
Screens visitors and telephone calls, takes messages, provides lab results and/or information, and refers calls as necessary.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.