Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests and operate diagnostic laboratory equipment under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Pathologists.
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    Overview

    Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests and operate diagnostic laboratory equipment under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Pathologists.

    Day-to-day

    • operates equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of hearing, the heart, kidneys and nervous system
    • undertakes and assists with medical analytical procedures and assists anaesthetists and surgical teams
    • records the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm is interpreted
    • prepares and stains slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood for histological examination
    • performs diagnostic tests on tissues and fluids and analyses the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
    • tests for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
    • sets up, checks and maintains operating theatres, and anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
    • refers prescriptions to pharmacists and assists in preparing medications.

    To become a Medical Laboratory Technician

    • You need a formal qualification in laboratory technology, operations, skills or techniques to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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