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Transfusion Coordinator I

Requisition #: 186642
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category: Laboratory/Pathology
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: Yes
Date Posted: May 21, 2019

Johns Hopkins Health System employs more than 20,000 people annually. Upon joining Johns Hopkins Health System, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees. Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry. If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join those who are leaders and innovators in the healthcare field.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reports to the HATS Manager, Transfusion Coordinator Supervisor or Transfusion Coordinator II. Reviews patient's medical history and current physical finding and defines a transfusion protocol for assigned group of patients requiring platelet and red blood cell transfusions. After reviewing the current clinical condition and lab results, establishes transfusion thresholds for patients to avoid catastrophic bleeding events. Assigns blood products based on the patients specific needs, and HLA typing. Evaluates reactions to blood products and recommends appropriate premedications and/or manipulation of products needed for subsequent transfusions. Projects, orders and maintains the platelet and white blood cell inventory for the hospital. Takes 24 hour call, covering platelet and white blood cell needs for all patients in JHH.

Full-time, Day Shift

7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Weekend Work Required

Work Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital - East Baltimore Campus

COMPETENCIES:

Education:

A Baccalaureate Degree in related medical field (example: Medical Technology, Nursing, PA, or Biology to include a supervised clinical internship in an approved blood bank or blood collection facility and/or equivalent education and training in microbiology, chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, Nursing(RN or NP, PA), or health sciences related field.

Work Experience:

A minimum of one year clinical experience in an approved blood bank laboratory or blood collection facility or in a role with equivalent experience with blood transfusions or related medical facility.

Knowledge:

Knowledge of clinical laboratory tests including HLA and ABO typing, in addition to familiarity with clinical and laboratory policies and procedures.

Skills

Ability to analyze clinical, technical and scientific data. Performs assessments with the highest degree of accuracy and to correlate normal tests results in a healthy state to anomalous test results and the presence of disease. Ability to perform successfully despite sudden deadlines and changing priorities, maintaining personal composure in high stress situations. Ability to exercise initiative and judgment.

Ability to maintain effective communication skills with other health-care professionals and within the department. Ability to work independently, accurately determining and assigning appropriate blood products and transfusion plans.

Ability to troubleshoot abnormal clinical lab results.

Ability to assist in the training of new employees, students, residents and physicians in Transfusion Medicine and other Departments throughout the hospital. Ability to use and understand the OCIS Blood Ordering System, Pathology Data Systems (PDS), EPR patient data system, Sunrise, EPIC and the Transfusion Medicines Blood Bank computer system reference materials.

Working Conditions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand, talk, see and hear. May sit or stand for prolonged periods and may be required to walk. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, touch, feel, and type. May reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, or crouch. Prolonged vision requirements including viewing computer screen, paper reports/documents, charts and results.
• Works in Inpatient and Outpatient areas - Exposure to toxins and infectious agents exist, but potential for personal injury or harm is minimized if established safety and health precautions are followed. There may be discomforts due to odors, noise, temperature fluctuations, and working around patients.
• May transport equipment and supplies usually less than 40 pounds from one area to another. May be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with proper training, or precautions/lifting aides. Assisting with patient lifting if necessary following proper procedures/safety guidelines.
• In some areas work space is confined; therefore mobility may be difficult.
• Staff may be required to complete annual competency review, and must insure compliance with hospital and department policy & procedure, Health, Safety & Environment regulations, and all applicable privacy & confidentiality laws/practices.
• Must be detail oriented, organized, and accurate.
• Work requires 24 hour on call, for several days at a time.
Day, evening or night work may be required, rotating schedules which may include weekend work and holiday assignment. Overtime possible when authorized/needed to meet business and patient needs.
Ability to manage platelet inventory for Transfusion Medicine and Oncology patients.

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