64-Medical and pathology laboratory technicians
Medical and pathology laboratory technicians
Take and process samples, conduct tests and specified procedures, prepare and examine tissues, solids and fluids, and perform other functions associated with the operation of diagnostic medical laboratories.
Medical and pathology laboratory technicians perform routine and sometimes complex clinical tests of the human body on specimens of bodily fluids and tissues, as well as solids in order to obtain detailed information about the health of a patient or cause of death. May study, analyze and monitor these and write routine reports in accordance with requirements. Use a range of laboratory equipment, technologies instruments as well as defined mediums (such as chemicals), techniques and practices to conduct controlled tests in an endeavour to determine causes and affects. May in some cases assist in performing autopsies. In some instances may be required to be registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying body.
Job activities and tasks include:
- conducting chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components
- operating, calibrating and maintaining equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analysers
- entering data from analysis of laboratory tests and clinical results into records-keeping systems and reporting results to medical practitioners and other health professionals
- analyzing samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction
- setting up, cleaning, and maintaining laboratory equipment
- analyzing laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results
- establishing and monitoring programs to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results and developing, standardizing, evaluating, and modifying procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens
- obtaining specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganizms for analysis
- examining cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities
- inoculating fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organizms.
Specialist knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work and/or discipline
Typically, work regular business hours, although there maybe requirements for weekend work, evenings or shift work to attend patient and medical requirements. They tend to spend most of their time working in purpose built laboratories, hospitals or medical centres and often may travel to regional locations to conduct laboratory activities for patients and/ or medical related establishments or staff. Typically, handle a range of products and samples that may be hazardous (such as chemicals) and/or infectious tissues, solids and fluids. Maintaining high level of self-hygiene and avoiding direct exposure to infectious patients is a primary consideration.
Advanced or Higher Diploma in laboratory operations, medical laboratory technology or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.
3 - 4 years and above.
Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, The National Rehabilitation Centre, SEHA, Mubadala Health Care
Above the industry average
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