Profession medical laboratory assistant

Medical laboratory assistants work under supervision of the biomedical scientist and carry out basic laboratory procedures. They work in the pre-analytical handling of samples such as checking the details of specimens received for analysis, maintaining analysers, loading reagents, and packaging specimens. They also perform clerical tasks such as monitoring the stock levels of reagents used in analysis.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Microbiology-bacteriology

    Microbiology-Bacteriology is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Automated analysers in the medical laboratory

    The methods used to introduce samples into the laboratory instrument that analyses biological samples for diagnosis purpose.

  • Techniques of blood-sampling

    The appropriate techniques for the collection of blood samples for laboratory work purposes, depending on the group of people targeted such as children or elderly.

  • Blood type classification

    The classification of blood types such as group A, B, AB, 0 and their characteristics.

  • Laboratory techniques

    Techniques applied in the different fields of natural science in order to obtain experimental data such as gravimetric analysis, gas chromatography, electronic or thermic methods.

Skills

  • Send biological samples to laboratory

    Forward collected biological samples to the concerned laboratory, following strict procedures related to the labeling and tracking of the information on the samples.

  • Test chemical samples

    Perform the testing procedures on the already prepared chemical samples, by using the necessary equipment and materials. Chemical sample testing involves operations such as pipetting or diluting schemes.

  • Calibrate laboratory equipment

    Calibrate laboratory equipment by comparing between measurements: one of known magnitude or correctness, made with a trusted device and a second measurement from another piece of laboratory equipment. Make the measurements in as similar a way as possible.

  • Check the received biological samples

    Ensure that the received biological samples such as blood and tissues, are correctly labeled, registered and contain the appropriate information about the patient.

  • Prepare samples for testing

    Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Label blood samples

    Label blood samples taken from patients in compliance with regulations and the identity of the patient.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment

    Clean laboratory glassware and other equipment after use and it for damage or corrosion in order to ensure its proper functioning.

  • Mix chemicals

    Mix chemical substances safely according to recipe, using the proper dosages.

  • Transport blood samples

    Ensure that the blood samples collected are transported safely and correctly, following strict procedures to avoid contamination

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment

    Regularly check the condition of medical laboratory equipment used, clean, and perform maintenance operations, as necessary.

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Archive healthcare users' records

    Properly store the health records of healthcare users, including test results and case notes so that they are easily retrieved when required.

  • Apply safety procedures in laboratory

    Make sure that laboratory equipment is used in a safe manner and the handling of samples and specimens is correct. Work to ensure the validity of results obtained in research.

  • Use chemical analysis equipment

    Use the laboratory equipment such as Atomic Absorption equimpent, PH and conductivity meters or salt spray chambre.

  • Perform laboratory tests

    Carry out tests in a laboratory to produce reliable and precise data to support scientific research and product testing.

  • Examine cell specimens microscopically

    Prepare and put the cell specimens received for examination on slides, stain and mark cellular changes and abnormalities.

  • Perform sample testing

    Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.

  • Identify patients' medical records

    Locate, retrieve and present medical records, as requested by authorized medical personnel.

Optional knowledge and skills

fine-needle aspiration data protection monitor stock level interpret hematological test results analyse cell cultures immunology clinical biochemistry carry out quality control in microbiology laboratories paediatric phlebotomy procedures sterilise medical equipment biological chemistry analyse blood samples histopathology blood donation order supplies interpret medical results blood transfusion clinical cytology microscopic techniques perform bone marrow transplant maintain healthcare user data confidentiality work with chemicals virology collect biological samples from patients dispose medical waste blood collection on babies assist in the production of laboratory documentation

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