The position is located in the Core Laboratory/Blood Bank of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The Medical Technologist is responsible for performing a wide range of emergency, routine, complex, and specialized test procedures in Clinical Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Immunochemistry, and Urinalysis with minimal on-site supervision. Procedures range from basic screening tests to complex light microscopy. A. performs technical procedures that include but are not limited to: automated chemistry panels, immunochemistry, complete blood counts, coagulation tests, urinalysis, body fluid analysis, peripheral smear evaluation, chromatography, toxicology, enzyme immunoassay, point-of-care testing and special studies. B. performs technical procedures that include but are not limited to: using the automated ProVue as the primary method for type and screens and antibody identification with the manual gel method and tube method as secondary methods, including ABO blood grouping, Rh typing, including phenotyping, three cell screening for unexpected antibodies, direct and indirect Coombs testing, major compatibility testing , antibody identification (routine method), antibody identification using enzyme or absorption technique, antibody identification using PEG or other special techniques, cholorquine technique for antigen testing, and the comprehensive evaluation of suspected transfusion reactions. C. evaluates requested procedures to determine the suitability of specimens for analysis, requesting new specimens if necessary. Advise laboratory personnel or healthcare workers on the appropriate collection and handling of specimens. Prepares specimens for analysis and/or dispatch insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen is maintained. Follows the guidelines outlined in the Laboratory Information Manual and appropriate procedure manuals for specimen handling. D. Prepares reagents and primary reference materials; selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of routine and complex procedures using manual and/or micro-processor controlled instruments medicine protocols; recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunctions; locates and implements troubleshooting and corrective actions; obtains analytical data such as photometric end-points, rate reaction or digital readouts and converts them to appropriate prescribed units for reporting; reviews and correlates data to verify validity and accuracy of results; verifies laboratory reports identifying sample results and determinable factors; and reports results to appropriate individuals in a manner suitable to the nature of the request. E. Responsible to address Blood Bank priorities as needed, select and prepare appropriate blood product units for transfusion (including packed red blood cells, washed red blood cells, pooled platelets, single donor plateletpheresis, and cryoprecipitate), accurately enter all the necessary blood bank information into the VistA program, and the daily management of the blood product inventory. F. Performs daily quality control to assure that the reagents, equipment, and temperatures are within the recommended guidelines. Identifies quality control variations and initiates corrective action to correct the quality control problems. Documents all quality control activities and maintains accurate records in compliance with accrediting agencies such as CAP, JCAHO, FDA, and AABB. G. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, performs routine preventative maintenance and documents service on the instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks (mechanical, optical, photometric, and electrometric). Identifies the cause of common problems and makes minor and sometimes complex instrument repairs. The instruments may include the automated analyzers, spectrophotometer, microscopes, ProVue, cell washers, centrifuges, water baths, refrigerators, freezers, incubators, and platelet rotators. H. Reviews test results to detect discrepancies, artifacts, and pathologic change that may warrant additional testing. Performs repeat or additional testing to clarify or confirm abnormal results as necessary. I. Participates in the evaluation of new instrumentation, reagents, and methodologies that may be incorporated to the test menu. J. Assists in the training of Medical Technologist and Medical Technicians on the theoretical and practical aspects of test performance. K. Assists the Supervisors with the oversight of the established quality management program. L. Responsible for all administrative documentation and principals involved in blood product preparation as required by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the Veterans Administration (VA), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Work Schedule: The Medical Technologist is required to work regular and irregular hours of duty on a regular recurrent basis. The work requires five (5) days/week, eight (8) hours/day and includes rotating weekends and holidays. The position may require working evening or night shift to provide emergency coverage of the laboratory.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.