Qualified Blood Bank Technician / Technologist needed at South African National Blood Service

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Job title : Qualified Blood Bank Technician / Technologist

Job Location : Other, Empangeni

Deadline : July 10, 2024

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Job description:
Qualified Blood Bank Technician

  •  Perform all operational functions (manual and automated) according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and within the required timeframes:
  •  Check blood and blood product stock levels. Report expired units.
  •  Receive reagents and proficiency tests and store them in designated areas at the correct temperature.
  • Dispose of waste according to SOP:
  •  Prepare documentation for waste traceability:
  •  Collect and place medical waste containers in the designated area daily for removal and disposal by the approved waste removal company.
  • Check weighing of waste by the waste disposal company.
  •  Perform daily cleaning of work area, cold rooms, fridges, freezers and all blood banking equipment according to SOP and record the information.
  •  Check that all equipment and instrumentation is in working order. Report any defects to the Supervisor.
  •  Monitor the temperature of all equipment used to store blood and blood products and record the information. Report any problems to the Supervisor.
  •  Ensure that all policies, documentation and SOPs are read, understood and maintain competency.
  •  Comply with Standard of practice, SHEQ and accreditation requirements.
  •  Contribute to and participate in continuous safety and quality improvement.
  •  Perform processes to ensure that the number of minor and major deficiencies amount to less than the agreed amount per site
  •  Document customer complaints / Compliments / queries and forward documentation to the Supervisor.
  •  Interact professionally and courteously with internal and external customers.

Blood Bank Technologist

  •  Perform all operational functions (manual and automated) according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and within the required timeframes:
  •  Report situations where the critical and non-critical consumables are not available after hours to the Blood Bank (BB) Supervisor.
  •  Deputise for Shift Supervisor/BB Supervisor when absent or unavailable.
  •  Receive reagents and proficiency tests and store them in designated areas at the correct temperature.

 Dispose of waste according to SOP:

  •  Prepare documentation for waste traceability:
  •  Collect and place medical waste containers in the designated area daily for removal and disposal by the approved waste removal company.
  •  Check weighing of waste by the Waste Disposal Company.
  •  Check and verify test results performed by registered technicians, registered trainee technicians and registered student technologists.
  •  Assist BB Supervisor with training and competency assessments.
  •  Perform secondary testing, including but not limited to, problem cross matches, postnatal, antibody investigations and preliminary transfusion reaction investigations within required timeframes and according to SOP specifications.
  •  Check equipment to ensure that all instrumentation and equipment is in working order according to SOP criteria.
  •  Check blood and blood product stock levels, including identifying and reporting of expired units.
  •  Ensure that all policies, documents and relevant SOP’s are read and understood and maintain competency for the stipulated standard operating procedures.
  •  Comply with standards of practice, accreditation, QC testing, proficiency testing and safety requirements and contribute to and participate in continuous quality improvement.
  •  Strive to remain well informed of current developments to promote knowledge sharing as well as to ensure acquisition of required CPD points according to IPA specifications.
  •  Assist the BB Supervisor with Risk tasks allocated within the agreed timeframes.
  •  Perform daily cleaning of work area, cold rooms, fridges, freezers and all blood banking equipment according to SOP and record the information.
  •  Check that all equipment and instrumentation is in working order. Report any defects to the Supervisor.
  •  Monitor the temperature of all equipment used to store blood and blood products and record the information. Report any problems to the Supervisor.
  •  Document customer complaints / compliments / queries and forward documentation to the BB Supervisor.
  •  Interact professionally with medical staff and ensure an adequate and efficient response to routine queries.
  •  Perform Shift Supervisor functions and other related duties when required so as to facilitate the efficient running of the laboratory.
  •  Perform miscellaneous routine laboratory tasks and other job-related duties when required by the supervisors and other senior staff so as to facilitate efficient running of the laboratory.
  •  Attend meetings to ensure that relevant information is acquired.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES (E.G. TRAVEL, WORKING AFTER HOURS ETC.)

  • Overtime as and when required.
  • Shift work and weekend duties as scheduled.
  • Occasional local and national travel.
  • Call out system.
  • General physical health and reasonable endurance and mobility.
  • Detail conscious.
  • Proficient eye-sight.

Minimum requirements
Education

  • HPCSA Registered Biomedical Technician / Technologist (Blood Transfusion).

Experience and knowledge requirements

  • As per HPCSA registration requirement as Medical Technician / Technologist (Blood Transfusion).

 
Other (knowledge and skills), e.g. understanding of relevant legislation; knowledge of relevant company procedures.

  • Computer Literacy in MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES (E.G. TRAVEL, WORKING AFTER HOURS ETC.)

  • Overtime as and when required.
  • Shift work and weekend duties as scheduled.
  • Occasional local and national travel.
  • General physical health and reasonable endurance and mobility.
  • Detail conscious.
  • Proficient eye-sight.
  • Person cannot be colour blind

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