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Job Title: AUTOPSY TECHNOLOGIST
Job Code: 4006
Job Level: C2
Revised Date: 06/27/2005
Supervisory Responsibility: No
General Description of the Job Class
Perform a variety of advanced technical duties involved in the preparation of autopsies and the dissection of bodies in support of surgical pathology; assist medical personnel throughout the autopsy procedure.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Perform a variety of advanced technical duties involved in preparation of autopsies and the dissection of bodies, to include evisceration and removal of brain, separation of organ blocks, removal of spinal cord and eyes, and special dissection techniques such as inner ear removal and sectioning of hears; sterilize instruments, set up equipment and supplies, and prepare specimens as directed. Maintain a variety of records, databases and log books pertaining to autopsy records such as deaths, disposal permits, autopsy quality assurance data and storage of organs; generate data and reports as requested for departmental purposes. Perform a variety of duties in support of cardiovascular pathology laboratory to include receiving hearts, acquiring postoperative reports, preparing catheters and instruments for injection, assisting in heart cutting and drawing heart diagrams for sectioning of hearts. Wash, prepare and vacuum pack organs for storage, classes and conferences; assist in storage and retrieval of specimens used for teaching. Mix and prepare preservative solutions as required. Ensure proper care, release and disposal of materials from the morgues; receive anatomical gifts; log bodies in and out of morgue. Maintain safety and cleanliness of work area; clean, disinfect and dispose of all infectious materials; sterilize body trays. Inventory, order and stock autopsy suite materials and supplies; maintain standard laboratory equipment. Assist in training of others as required; assist medical students in accessing organs for diagnostic purposes. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Work requires oral communication skills and manual dexterity normally acquired through a high school education.
Work requires three years experience as an autopsy technician.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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