Laboratory Personnel / Medical Assistant
Report To: Nurse Manager
ADA: Full time position. Possess ability to sit and/or stand periodically during the workday and lift up to 20 lbs, when necessary. Computer data entry a portion of job duty.
OSHA: Must adhere to universal precautions, to include blood borne pathogen protection, at all times.
- Greets and assists patients entering the lab for testing purposes.
- Drawing of blood or collection of urine specimens by the use of established procedures for safety and patient comfort, including routine blood drawing and venipuncture techniques, butterfly/syringe techniques, finger sticks and other techniques, processing specimens, including pipetting, centrifuging, transferring serum or plasma into other tubes, freezing, preserving, dipping and slide preparation; packaging specimens for pick up and delivery for laboratory testing, labeling specimens as required and placing all necessary items in the specimen envelope; maintenance of records related to incoming patients and specimens delivered; completing and processing paperwork, including laboratory services log, requisition and other routine paperwork; processing test reports and the maintenance and ordering of all necessary supplies related to the foregoing.
- Responsible for running controls on all in-house performed laboratory studies, according to manufacturer’s recommended schedule, and document results to be maintained in laboratory (i.e., pregnancy test, urine dipstick, Hemocue machine, Glucometer, and other tests as indicated at site).
- Responsible for keeping Communicable/Sexually Transmitted Disease log up to date.
- Reject all improperly or unlabeled specimens.
- Sort lab results by provider and distributing daily in a timely manner. Notify provider IMMEDIATELY if results are panic values, grossly abnormal, or are not back in a timely manner.
- Keep Accession Log in order by date for five years.
- Ensure that CPT test codes placed onto routing slip are correct for test performed and that posted charges are appropriate.
- Record refrigerator and freezer temperature each morning in Refrigerator/Temperature
- Review tests ordered by providers to ensure that correct tests are performed and are the least expensive alternative to give all of the desired results.
- Monitor laboratory for any potential safety hazard and take appropriate corrective action. Report hazard and action to Clinical Coordinator and Safety Officer.
- Keep work area clean and hazard free.
- Ensure approval is obtained, in advance, from Clinical Coordinator for any non-capitated lab test in excess of $50 (does not apply to patients with third party coverage or personal funds “E”).
- Ensure OSHA required personal protection (gloves and eye protection) is worn while performing above duties and that universal precautions are observed at all times.
- Must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span. Must be able to identify and categorize each patient’s age-specific grouping of needs, such as those for infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.
- Performs and mounts EKGs.
- Ensure patient confidentiality; pull and re-file records adhering to the terminal digit filing system and the use of out guides; file reports (i.e. Lab/hospital and other) under appropriate section of the medical record in a timely manner; ensure that policies and procedures are followed in the release of patient information to third party payers, other health facilities, patients themselves, telephone releases or subpoenas/court orders and referring any questions to Center Manager/Supervisor immediately:
- Intake of patients: screen patients by asking chief complaint/reason for visit, obtain clinical database/health history, measure vital signs (height/length, tem, BP, pulse, respiration, weight, vision on new patients and head circumference on children) and appropriately record in patient’s medical record. Place in exam room and notify provider
- Perform and log activities of daily living, cardiovascular risk assessment, and record in medical record.
- Prepares patients and assists provider with procedures (i.e., pelvic exam including wet mount slide, PAP and DNA probe preparation, sterile field/tray setup, flexible sigmoidoscopy).
- Verify appointments, recall/reschedule missed appointments, prepares instruments and supplies for
- Translates for provider or nurse (if applicable).
- Assists in keeping examining rooms and work areas clean, orderly, and stocked.
- Performs in-house waived testing, after they are quality controlled, which may include some or all of the following: pregnancy tests, hemocue/Hemoglobin, glucometer, urine dip, hemoccult-stool, oraquick, or throat swab. Each test will be done according to directions/procedure and results logged in patients medical record.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Formal training and/or two years experience in phlebotomy and lab specimen preparation for adults and pediatrics.
- Certified Medical Assistant, Laboratory Technician/Technologist, or Phlebotomist.
- Maintain current CPR Certification.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonable related business duties as assigned by supervisor.
- This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.