Hospital Corporation of America
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Laboratory Assistant PRN
at Hospital Corporation of America
St. David's Georgetown Hospital is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. St. David's Georgetown Hospital offers a range of services, including a 24-hour emergency department with a level IV trauma center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Certified Chest Pain Center; inpatient and outpatient surgery; advanced pulmonary intervention; critical care capabilities; acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; and maternity and newborn services with mother-baby couplet care close to home for Georgetown families. In conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center, Healthgrades awarded St. David's Georgetown Hospital the 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™, 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™—a unique trio of awards that only three hospitals in the nation were able to achieve—as well as the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Additionally, St. David's Georgetown Hospital was named to the list of 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for four years in conjunction with its parent campus, and the facility earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2016.
Accurately obtains blood samples via venipuncture and capillary procedures with minimum customer discomfort. Assists in accessioning and preparation of specimens in the clinical laboratory. Responsible for certain computer functions, clerical duties, and telephone procedures, general department cleaning and maintenance, and equipment maintenance. . Serves as a resource for specimen and testing information.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Performs venipuncture, finger sticks, and heel sticks on inpatients, outpatients, and pre-admission Testing patients in such a manner as to obtain optimum blood specimens at a minimum of patient inconvenience.
- Ensures that specimens are collected per physician's order and returned to the laboratory appropriately to maintain optimal turnaround of all test results per department policy.
- Delivers specimens to lab within 15 to 30 minutes of draw. Does not hold specimens in collection area.
- Communicates with nursing before and after collection of inpatients to keep nursing informed and find out any pertinent information about the patient.
- Asks the patient's name and date of birth when feasible and verifies identity via ID band and lab labels using at least two identifiers as applicable before drawing blood. This is done prior to collection of all specimens.
- Practices and applies standard scripting and AIDET.
- Collects appropriate specimens in correct containers with sufficient volume.
- Investigates orders or specimens that have a discrepancy.
- In the presence of the patient label all specimens with patient's full name, date, time, and initials of the phlebotomist.
- Make notation on comment line of order in computer of any information necessary for the person performing the test. Example: when blood must be collected by finger stick or heel stick, or is drawn above an IV.
Alerts techs to STAT/ED samples requiring testing.
Prioritizes stat and urgent draws appropriately. Manages time well.
- Provides clear oral and written instructions to patients for collections to be done at home.
- Able to print results to specified printers in the lab and to site locations.
- Capable of looking up results, orders and test procedures in the Meditech system.
- Possesses thorough knowledge of receiving, ordering and editing processes in the Computer system.
- Checks physician's orders in Laboratory Information System, including tests being ordered and any comments such as fax or call comments.
- Checks that all information on the patient data sheet is correct and has been entered as stated on the physician's written order.
- Runs pending reports and investigates outstanding orders as needed.
- Monitors standing orders for Continuous Care patients and requests new orders from physician when current order is six months old.
- Performs EKGs for outpatients according to policy.
- Maintains clean and well stocked work area.
- Follows hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
- Accepts and performs other assigned duties with a positive attitude, as requested and documented by the supervisor.
- Interacts in an effective, willing, professional manner with patients, guests, and other health care team members.
- Actively participates in department's PI activities.
- Demonstrates customer service skills consistent with the values of the organization.
- Assists in training of employees and students as appropriate.
- Collects employee drug screens and legal blood alcohol specimens and completes all paperwork appropriately.
- Serves as a source of information for other departments for proper specimen collection.
- Researches reference lab requirement and prepares specimen for send out to referral laboratories.
Education and Experience:
Required: High School diploma or equivalent.