Histopathology technologists possess broad knowledge of biological sciences and the skills necessary to process anatomic pathology specimens. Their work is vital for Pathologists to interpret biopsy samples and render diagnoses that allow for planning appropriate and life-saving treatments. Entry level histopathology technicians serve under close supervision, while full performance level histopathology technicians independently perform a full range of routine and specialized tests. The Histopathology Technologist: Receives and accessions specimens using appropriate techniques, maintaining proper identification. Performs all elements of gross examination and sectioning of all types of surgical pathology specimens. Prepares specimens for analysis according to the specifications of the procedure. Handles all types of human tissue which may include; receiving, checking, accepting, timing, logging, storing and/or shipping, if necessary. Processes all cytological specimens including sputa, body secretions, fluids and fine needle aspirates. Functions as Autopsy Prosector, prepares bodies for post-mortem examination, maintains morgue and instruments, releases bodies to funeral homes following proper procedures. Recognizes origin and type of tissues and properly orients and cuts small or complex specimens, choosing appropriate microtome knives and section thickness. Stains tissue sections using special stains as required, including, but not limited to Acid Fast, Alcian Blue, Congo Red, Iron, Methenamine Silver, PAS-Schiff, and Trichrome. The incumbent is able to troubleshoot all problems with special staining procedures and implements changes. Prepares all stains and chemical solutions with a competent, practical knowledge of chemistry. Examines slides microscopically and accepts or rejects them on the basis of proper staining reaction within the control slides. Recognizes instrument or equipment malfunction or trends, initiates corrective action when necessary Exercises all required safety guidelines and works with great care in handling the specimens and uses personal protective equipment including face shields, masks, gloves, and laboratory coats. Observes safety regulations, maintains a clean and neat work area Participates in Performance Improvement Projects as assigned Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 5:00 am - 1:30 pm, and/or 6:00 am - 2:30 pm and/or 7:00 am - 3:30 pm; Occasional weekends and/or Holidays. Subject to change based on agency needs Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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