Perform basic through advanced test procedures and interpret complex test results in order to determine donor-recipient compatibility. Resolve compatibility problems, provide reference and consultation services to hospitals and transfusion facilities, and supply antigen-negative units to transfusion recipients. Comply with safety policies and procedures in the work area and use applicable protective equipment at all times to prevent exposure to potentially infectious blood and body fluids. Comply with the Clinical Laboratory Information Act (CLIA). Perform all duties and responsibilities in compliance with standard operating procedures, Safety Quality Identity Potency Purity (SQUIPP), regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other applicable Federal, state and local regulations.
- Perform and interpret serological procedures on specimen submitted for compatibility testing or problem resolution. Verify own test results and repeat tests where appropriate.
- Perform and interpret platelet cross-matches and antibody screening.
- Consult and communicate with the staff of hospitals, dialysis centers, home transfusion services and transfusion facilities in order to resolve serological problems and supply antigen-negative or special units to transfusion recipients.
- Perform, review and approve quality control on products, reagents and equipment.
- Maintain the required records and files.
- Assist with the maintenance, repair, and validation of laboratory equipment.
- Know and ensure compliance with applicable ARCBS directives, federal and state regulations, and local policies and procedures pertaining to blood banking and safety.
- Adhere to quality assurance procedures and good manufacturing practice.
- May assume lead responsibilities, such as record review, ordering supplies, teaching and training, when designated by supervisor.
- Perform other related duties as necessary.
May have lead responsibility for three or more technicians. May provide training for new technicians.
Bachelor's degree in science or equivalent with MT (ASCP) certification or equivalent certifications where required. Minimum two years of blood bank experience preferred. BB or SBB certification preferred.
The duties are representative of the essential functions of the position. Operational flexibility is required to meet sudden and unpredictable needs. Available to work overtime, other shifts, early mornings, evenings, holidays and weekends. Requires standing, stretching, stooping and bending for extended time periods. Lift, pull, push and move objects of up to 75 pounds. May work in walk-in refrigerator/freezers for periods of time. Work under pressure and within time standards. Required to wear protective clothing such as lab coats, gloves, face shields, etc. when there is exposure to blood and blood products and/or where work location requires. Ability to use a wide variety of lab or medical equipment. Ability to use a personal computer and applicable software for sustained periods of time. Exposure levels are based on the essential functions as stated in this position description; however, in some instances, variances may occur due to the applicable nature of this position within a particular work site. Therefore the work site may determine the exposure level to be greater than or less than the below stated level. This position is in OSHA Category I in view of the fact that the position requires the incumbent work under conditions where the potential exists for the incumbent to make contact with blood or blood components as a result of splashes, spills, and/or needlesticks. Potential exists to also be exposed to hazardous chemicals.
St. Paul, MN 55107