Receives and accurately processes surgical, autopsy, or diagnostic tissue specimens from various hospital departments and physician offices. Responsibilities include collection, cutting, staining, and processing of tissue specimens with preparation of tissue blocks and slides having accurate patient identification for evaluation by the pathologists to render a reliable diagnosis. Slide types include: standard staining, special staining and Immunohistochemical techniques. Assist the pathologists in frozen section biopsies. Maintains all equipment. Keeps records of quality control. Requests supply procurement for the department. Dispenses supplies to surgery and physician offices. Prepares working reagents and stains. Maintain the Histology work and storage areas in a clean and orderly environment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs all duties deemed necessary by the pathologist or laboratory manager. Completed assignments reflect an average rating or better quantity of work. Works at a suitable pace. Can adjust as workload increases. Maintains organization of area in spite of frequent interruptions.
Properly processes incoming specimen requisitions, maintaining accuracy of all demographic information for registration and submission process in Meditech. Keeps accurate patient and specimen files while logging into Tissue Accession Log.
Dehydrates, clears and impregnates tissues using a tissue processor.
Trims specimens into blocks and fixes tissues in formalin or other fixing solution for prescribed length of time.
Cuts thin sections of specimens, using various types of microtome knives.
Is able to insure the pathologists have representative specimens. Shows good judgment in evaluating quality of histology slides.
Prepares and stains slides according to the needs of the pathologists.
Accurately prepares working reagents and stains to ensure good quality of slides. Maintains good quality control and instrument maintenance records.
Keeps accurate inventory of supplies and reagents. Insures that necessary supplies are requisitioned. Insures that surgery and physician offices have an adequate supply of collection containers and preservatives.
Is familiar with all needed Special Stains and Immunohistochemical stains. Is able to operate, perform scheduled maintenance, and troubleshoots all equipment involved. Examines samples of stained slides with a microscope to ensure good quality.
Records number of blocks and slides prepared each day for required statistics.
Keep current files on data concerning histopathological methods and procedures.
Prepares body fluids and exudates for cytological diagnosis if done in-house; when sent out for processing, assures that they are in proper fixative and properly accessioned with complete information being transported with the specimen.
Prepares monthly and annual statistical reports.
Acts as liaison between Nursing, attending physicians, mortuary and pathologists in making arrangements for requested autopsies.
Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments. Collaborates with other departments for improved outcomes.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Performs quality control for the Pathology Department.
Documentation meets current standards and policies.
Demonstrates competency in use of standard precautions, safety practices and hazardous waste management of materials used and produced in Pathology Department.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Demonstrates ability to problem solve and resolve issues which occur outside of the normal situation.
Assists in training of histology students at Benefis Health Systems on clinical internships.
Perform gross examination on biopsies and smaller specimens as assigned by the laboratory medical director in the absence of the pathology assistant and section supervisor. (This can only be performed if the employee meets the CLIA requirements for complex testing.)
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
High School diploma or equivalent. Associates degree in health science, chemistry, biology or histology preferred.
Histologic Technician training at a certified training program/healthcare careers college preferred.
One year related experience.
Current Histologic Technician, HT (ASCP) certification or eligible for certification preferred.
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