The Cytotechnologists in the Anatomic Pathology section of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. They are laboratory professionals who study cells and cellular anomalies. At this level, the Cytotechnologists independently performs and monitors processes such as smear preparation, slide fixation, cell block preparation, monolayer filtration processing, and staining and will research, test validate, and implement new procedures and equipment. Duties of a Cytotechnologist include but are not limited to: · Performs and monitors processes such as smear preparation, slide fixation, cell block preparation, monolayer filtration processing and staining Identifies discrepancies and will troubleshoot and take corrective action. · Writes and establishes new processes or procedures · Researches, test, validate and implements new procedures and equipment. · Prepares cytological specimens such as sputum, spinal fluid, bronchial washing and brushing, percutaneous lung aspirates, chest, abdominal variety and joint fluid, cervico-vagina smears, urine and bladder washing, for their ultimate slide preparation, staining and screening, using all necessary safety precautions to avoid contact and contamination from infection agents. · Prepares rapid fixation of the collected specimen, appropriate ctyopreparatory techniques and flawless staining of the cellular sample for preservation and the ultimate identification. · Performs the homogenizing techniques (Saccomono's method) to facilitate the screening of specimens for metaplastic, preneoplastic and neoplastic changes. Preparatory must be of excellent quality to insure cytologic smears and cell blocks will yield the maximum diagnostic information · Prepares slides form the cytological specimens after processing through fixation, saline washes, homogenization, centrifugation and nucleopore filtration. · Stains and coverslips both submitted slides, such as bronchial brushes, Papanicolaou smears and needle aspirates, as well as slides prepared in the cytology laboratory with staining procedures of excellent quality to insure cytologic smears and cell blocks will yield the maximum diagnostic information. · Performs microscopic screening and evaluation of all cytological smears and cell blocks which involves the microscopic examination and evaluation of every cell on theses smears and cell blocks · Utilizes full range of knowledge and experience to accurately identify numerous types and kings of pathological cells from the slides and mark slides appropriately · Describes the microscopic findings and classify (I, II, II, IV, or V) and diagnose ( cell type, etc.,) the cytologic specimen as a whole. · Communicates in writing the findings and interpretations to the pathologist, who will verify or modify and issue the final report. · Marks all abnormal cells flor pathologist review · Maintains competency for accuracy and efficiency of Maintains accurate records for all cases, lists normal, and abnormal, types of specimens, number of slides prepared, submitted, stained and screened and pathologist's interpretations · Monitors, maintains and cleans all cytology equipment such as centrifuge, microscope and fume hood to assure optimal working condition. · Reports equipment malfunctions as they occur so that prompt repairs can be performed by the Biomedical Engineering Service Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (hours may vary depending on needs of service) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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