Medical technologists may also be referred to as laboratory technologists and are involved in the activities of performing and analyzing results arising from complex scientific examinations mostly of blood and body fluids. It is affirmed that they are highly trained individuals who work in hospitals or independent medical laboratories that perform advanced procedures and have sophisticated medical equipment (Harr 67). They do not perform the analysis alone; in fact, they work in collaboration with medical physicians or other laboratory personnel especially when working on patient data. Medical experts have opined that to effectively perform the duties then a bachelor degree in medical technology is preferred.
Experts have pronounced that medical technologists have their job descriptions revolve around exploration of blood plasma samples mostly from patients, ascertain the chemical composition of human tissues, estimation and verification of cell forming the body and examination of the presence of bacteria and vermin in the body of patients (Harr 96). In addition, such professionals are also expected to prepare body content samples for investigation through the use of sophisticated and special equipment that may make it possible to perform myriad of complicated tests at the same time. After performing the analysis, the technologists are then required and expected to interpret the results that forms part of the process of coming up with conclusive descriptions. It is asserted that as they perform what their profession appertains, they are likely to be exposed to infections and hazards. This is because most of the specimens they handle are infectious and therefore they must observe strict infections control procedures and sterilization protocols to mitigate the effects of infection. Medical experts have pronounced that medical technologists spend many hours in the laboratory while standing and in most cases often work irregular hours compared to other medical professionals.
Apart from job descriptions, medical technologists have duties that comprise advanced analysis of microscopic organisms, immunologic, biologic, bacteriologic, hematologic, and chemical tests and their conclusive results (Harr 120). Medical professionals have formulated duties and tasks that should be performed by medical technologists and range from concocting samples from tissues, spearheading and providing oversights on security of data, scrutinizing slides containing body fluids, investigating compatibility of blood for transfusion and analyzing chemical composition of blood and urine. Moreover, they are also involved in analyzing lab reports for accuracy, operating and calibrating equipment, delivering test results to physicians, researchers or patients and collecting and studying blood samples to determine morphology (Harr 125).
Different countries have different requirements and certification that an individual must meet to become a medical technologist. Universally individuals must have a minimum of bachelor degree in the field, to qualify to become a laboratory director then an individual must advance knowledge further to acquire a Masters degree (Harr 150). Excellent educational background in the field prepares students and equips them with the requisite knowledge and skills required to perform the various duties and responsibilities (Harr 166). Medical technology is a crucial area in the medical field and so certification may be required, depending on states, it is opined that these professionals are required to seek for certification to aid the process of licensing and to give them green light to operate in medical establishments. It has been discovered that remuneration and salaries for the professionals are quite competitive and varies from one hospital to another in addition to experience that one possesses (Harr 170).
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