American Red Cross Clinical Services Specialist (PACS Specialist) in Dedham, Massachusetts
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Responsible for performing Perioperative Autologous Cell Salvage (PACS) services according to American Red Cross policies and procedures, including safety policies. Responsible for demonstrating excellence in customer service, promoting a positive, professional image of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. Assists with routine departmental tasks as directed.
Job Description1. Transports and operates PACS equipment and performs specified salvage procedures which may include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) sequestration.2. Assesses patient/surgical procedure for suitability for PACS.3. Monitors blood loss, assesses appropriate time for washing of salvaged blood, and communicates to anesthesia and/or nursing staff the blood volume processed and available to be returned to patient. Maintains knowledge of steps of applicable surgical procedures. Notifies surgeon and/or anesthesiologist in charge if problems occur with the procedure.4. Maintains accurate, complete and legible records pertaining to the patient and the PACS or Platelet Rich Plasmac (PRP) procedure. Labels for reinfusion the autologous product, as appropriate.5. Removes disposable and cleans equipment at end of the procedure. Ensures that necessary equipment and disposable are available for the next cell salvage procedure.6. Reports and removes defective equipment from operation. Assists supervisor in assuring equipment is maintained and adequate supplies are stocked.7. Reports incidents and adverse reactions and completes appropriate paperwork.8. Collects samples of the salvaged blood product for quality assurance purposes.9. Supports Supervisor in review of department paperwork and monthly reports. May assist in training new staff.10. May assume "designee" duties at direction of Supervisor/ Medical Director. These duties may include but are not limited to: retrieval and confirmation of requests for service, scheduling and assigning cases, and coordinating the importing of operators from other ARC facilities.QualificationsJob knowledge equivalent to that gained through the completion of an Associate's Degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience as determined by the PACS Program Physician required. Minimum one year experience in the health care or blood banking industry required. Excellent communicationskills, basic computer skills and attention to detail required. Ability to work independently, react quickly and work effectively in a surgical setting required. Familiar with basic aseptic technique preferred. Demonstrated technical skills; ability to operate medical equipment required. Must be willing to work a varied schedule including some evenings as well as on-call responsibilities May be required to have own vehicle, a valid and current driver's license and insurance and a good driving record. Retain a current CPR certification (If employee does not have current CPR certification, the individual may be allowed into the program, but CPR certification must be obtained within six weeks).
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