In a Department of Correction facility, this class is accountable for independently performing a variety of venipuncture techniques, collecting and preparing specimens from patients and providing related administrative laboratory support.
Works under the general supervision of a Laboratory Supervisor or other employee higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs a variety of routine blood draws from patients including venipuncture, heel sticks and finger sticks using standard equipment; collects non-blood specimens such as urine, sputum and throat swabs for laboratory testing; accessions specimens utilizing standard procedures for positive patient identification and records appropriate collection information in accordance with established protocol; performs various quality control procedures to maintain compliance with internal and regulatory requirements; provides clerical support such as, collecting co-pays, answering telephone calls, answering general questions concerning test orders and collections, taking messages or triages calls; prepares test order forms and record entries in the reference laboratory log (computerized or handwritten); maintains compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety practices; contributes to the general laboratory functions and institutional needs; attends in-service training as required; maintains inventory and stocks/restocks supplies; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of standard phlebotomy procedures and techniques; knowledge of appropriate blood processing and handling procedures; knowledge of medical terminology; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; keyboard skills; basic math skills; ability to understand and follow specific clinical protocol and procedures; ability to interact courteously and in an understanding manner with patients of all ages; ability to move 30 to 40 pounds to stock supplies and move or support patients; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions, ability to keep simple records and perform simple arithmetical calculations; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
High School Diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) and one (1) year as a phlebotomist in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulated laboratory within the last five (5) years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Certification as a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), or an organization acceptable to the University of Connecticut Health Center which provides relevant training may be substituted for the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift standard laboratory equipment, trays/boxes of glassware; may be exposed to disease carrying substances and moderately disagreeable conditions. 2. Incumbents in this class must be willing to undergo periodic tests or immunization for communicable diseases.