Be a part of a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Medical Technologist in Blood Bank. In this role as a Medical Technologist in Blood Bank, you will perform routine and esoteric tests, operate state-of-the-art instruments, and manufacture and issue blood components such as washed red cells, leuko-reduced red cells, etc. You'll be responsible for quality control, instrument maintenance, and method development to support a broad menu of routine and esoteric tests, including antibody identification. This department provides reference laboratory testing to various related and unrelated health care entities managed care organizations and non-affiliated hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private physicians' offices. We offer a full range of diagnostic services in both clinical and anatomical pathology and have various areas of expertise.
In this position, you will routinely perform a wide range of clinical analyses in all sections of the laboratory by properly utilizing a variety of methodologies and instrumentation according to laboratory policies and procedures and in accordance with all regulatory agency requirements in order to provide results of the highest level of quality to physicians and their patients.
Essential Job Functions
Receives specimens submitted to the laboratory. Utilizes policies and procedures for requisition and specimen requirements to determine whether the submitted specimen can be processed for analysis. Assures proper storage and procedures for specimens that cannot be immediately analyzed.
Conducts preliminary specimen preparations for the analytical process through centrifugation of blood specimens, aliquotting of blood and body fluids, and distribution of the prepared specimens to the appropriate sections of the laboratory.
Answers inquiries regarding specimen handling, results, and other technical information. Appropriately assists clinicians with requests and seeks out resources necessary when information is not available to answer questions.
Performs all procedures designated under CLIA’88 rules as moderate or highly complex testing; knows all responsibilities as outlined in the laboratory procedure manual necessary to perform these procedures with the highest level of quality within turnaround time goals set by the laboratory.
Practices the proficient and safe use of all equipment necessary for the completion of all duties and responsibilities by following all maintenance, safety, and quality control policies and procedures.
Prepares and maintains an adequate stock of reagents, standards, and control materials for the performance of testing at the assigned workstation and notifies the supervisor of any shortages or problems.
Analyzes all test and quality control results for errors, inconsistencies, and deviations prior to reporting results. Initiates and documents troubleshooting and problem-solving to resolve issues.
Reports all test results in the laboratory information system according to laboratory policies and procedures, within stated turn-around times and follows appropriate backup procedures during computer downtimes.
Communicates any pertinent information or problems with laboratory staff and supervisors in a respectful and proactive manner.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Certification or eligibility as a medical technologist (MT), a technologist in blood banking (BB), or specialist in blood banking (SBB) through American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or equivalent
Must satisfy CLIA 88 qualification requirements for testing personnel performing high complexity testing
Bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science or related field from an accredited college or university
Be able to lift up to 50 lbs
At least one year of pertinent laboratory experience preferred
Knowledge and ability to use laboratory/hospitals information systems
Knowledge and ability to use automated and conventional laboratory equipment.
CBA Code: Non-Union
Additional Salary Information: $2,500 Sign-on Bonus Available; Relocation Package will be available to qualified candidates within the United States.
Internal Number: 2020-23355
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