Provides advanced technical skills necessary to organize and perform histocompatibility typing for transplantation and disease associations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Conducts specialized blood tests to determine antibody level of transplant recipients.
Performs histocompatibility testing for transplantation and disease associations.
Assures accuracy of results and reports to transplant surgeon and other appropriate personnel.
Evaluates immunocompetency of transplant patient prior to and following procedure when necessary. Coordinates donor/recipient information and status with transplant team.
Participates in on-call rotation schedule of 24 hours a day, 365 days a year coverage for deceased donor testing.
Draws blood from normal control subjects as necessary.
Maintains complete records of transplant patients.
Prepares and enters test data and results into computer.
Monitors and evaluates quality control procedures.
Responsible for laboratory safety proficiency.
Assists in evaluating laboratory services and procedures and makes recommendations.
Assists in evaluation of new testing procedures and techniques.
Assists in development and update of laboratory manual.
Adheres to internal controls established for department.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in a Clinical Laboratory Science or Basic Science.
One (1) year laboratory or phlebotomy experience
One (1) year experience in a clinical histocompatibility laboratory.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS OR CERTIFICATIONS
Certification as a Histocompatibility Technologist (CHT) or Histocompatibility Specialist (CHS) by the American College of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ACHI). OR
MLS Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or MT Certification by American Medical Technologists (AMT). OR
Obtain ACHI, MLS, or AMT certification within 12 months of hire.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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