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Apheresis Specialist/Blood Bank - FT/Days
Job Ref # 23935
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Location:
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030

Category: Laboratory Services

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: March 28, 2022

JOB SUMMARY
The Apheresis Specialist performs apheresis procedures on patients to include therapeutic, designated and special autologous procedures according to established policies and procedures.

Requirements:

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

PEOPLE - 20%
  1. Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

SERVICE - 20%
  1. Performs and accurately evaluates patient screening and medical history in accordance with requirements of regulatory agencies. (EF)
  2. Performs a variety of Laboratory Information System functions. Maintains thorough, orderly, accurate, and complete documentation of procedures and work performed in manual and computer mode. Reviews patient's chart when applicable, documenting pertinent information from patient chart to apheresis record when applicable. (EF)
  3. Organizes workload and sets priorities. Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks. Maintains a well stocked, clean and organized work area. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 40%
  1. Accurately identifies patients/units for phlebotomy procedures, collects correct specimens, labels them appropriately, completes associated paperwork and delivers specimens to the appropriate location for testing. (EF)
  2. Prepares instruments and performs apheresis procedures to include therapeutic, designated and special autologous procedures on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. (EF)
  3. Collects whole blood from patients using accurate and sterile technique. (EF)
  4. Performs continuous assessment and management of the patient during apheresis procedures. Manages patient reactions in an acceptable medical manner. Administers medications under the direction of the Therapeutic Apheresis Medical Director. (EF)
  5. Performs, documents, evaluates, and interprets quality control on instruments, equipment and procedures within established guidelines. (EF)
  6. Recognizes problems, investigates the cause, takes remedial action or escalates to leader and notifies management for follow-up. (EF)
  7. Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security and emergency preparedness. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%
  1. Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system. (EF)
  2. Uses department resources/equipment/supplies properly and efficiently. (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
  1. Participates in departmental projects activities, and seeks continuing education opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)

  • EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    • Minimum of five years of whole blood phlebotomy experience

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
  • American Heart Association BLS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
to perform the Essential Functions of the Job
  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going evaluations consisting of one or more of the following: skills, competency assessments and/or performance reviews
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers
  • Demonstrates skills necessary for venipuncture and capillary techniques on patients utilizing appropriate equipment and supplies for whole blood and patient apheresis collections
  • Knowledge of medications employed during apheresis procedures to include the drugs' names, their dosages and routes of administration
  • Strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload and maintain accuracy
  • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Laboratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient records and other related documents
  • Independently adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing work flow
  • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

Company Profile:

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its top ranked Honor Roll for the fourth time and second consecutive year. 2020 also marked the ninth year in a row Houston Methodist Hospital has been named the No. 1 hospital in Texas. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 952 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and over 8,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

The same high-quality care for which Houston Methodist is known is available at several Emergency Care Centers in Houston and the surrounding areas. These Emergency Care Centers house exam rooms, full digital radiography suite, low radiation dose 16-slice CT scan, ultrasound and a full on-site stat chemistry lab.

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