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Medical and pathology laboratory technicians

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Code

3212

Description

Medical and pathology laboratory technicians perform clinical tests on specimens of bodily fluids and tissues in order to obtain information about the health of a patient or cause of death.
Tasks include -
(a) conducting chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components;
(b) operating, calibrating and maintaining equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers and computer-controlled analysers;
(c) entering data from analysis of laboratory tests and clinical results into record-keeping systems, and reporting results to medical practitioners and other health professionals;
(d) analysing samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction;
(e) setting up, cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment;
(f) analysing laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results;
(g) establishing and monitoring programmes to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results, and developing, standardizing, evaluating and modifying procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens;
(h) obtaining specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganisms for analysis;
(i) examining cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities;
(j) inoculating fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Blood-bank technician
- Cytology technician
- Medical laboratory technician
- Pathology technician
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Pathologist - 2212
- Forensic science technician - 3119
- Veterinary technician - 3240
- Phlebotomist - 5329

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