What Medical Technologists Do
The Medical Technologist or recently called now as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLSs,RMTs) in the Philippines has the best of both worlds with the challenges and rewards of medicine and science.
This kind of profession of ours perform a full range of laboratory tests-from simple pre-marital blood tests, to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. We are also responsible for confirming the accuracy of test results and reporting laboratory findings to the pathologist and other doctors. We work quickly and carefully. We hold life and death in their hands, because the information we give to the doctor influences the medical treatment a patient receives. In their search for data on a patient's health, we do much more than examine specimens through a microscope. We operate complex electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments.
We are described as self-sufficient, precise and thorough. We are trouble-shooters who not only report accurate results, but also know when results are incorrect and need to be rechecked. MLS work in five major areas of the laboratory: Blood banking, Chemistry, Haematology, Immunology and Microbiology.
Our Job/Career Description
My wife Russ and I work in a hospital laboratory in NLSH Lofoten located here in Norway. We are being called as BIOINGENIØR. Our job are to extract blood from patients both in-patients and out-patients and to receive specimens from patients (blood, urine, spinal fluid, etc.) and analyze it. Depending on the department in the laboratory that we are working in that day, depends on what we actually doing. In the hematology laboratory, we look at blood under a microscope and determine if the blood cells look healthy. We also make sure there is enough of each type of cell in the blood. In the microbiology laboratory, I personally examine any type of body fluid for microorganisms that should not be there. That means I have to know what bacteria is normally and not normally present for a large variety of body areas. I also have to know what species of bacteria cause disease. This was what my routine before in Manila. In the chemistry laboratory, we work with large analyzers that perform dozens of chemical tests. We have to be able to understand how test results relate to one another and make sure results from patients make sense. We also have to fix the large analyzers when they don't work like they should. That means understanding how they work, and being able to look inside them and see when something is not right. In the blood bank, we make sure that patients that need a blood transfusion get blood that matches theirs. For example, patients that need type A blood, get type A blood. The biggest frustration about our profession is that so many people don't know it exists! It's so important to remember that behind the tube of blood in your hand, or cup of urine, that there is a person. The result of whatever test they are having done is dependant on you and will directly affect their life.
What we Love or Hate
The best part of our job is knowing that we are providing essential information to doctors so that they can correctly treat their patients. Seventy percent of decisions that doctors make are based on laboratory results. We have to know what we are doing. The worst part of our job is that it can be very stressful. Everyone wants their lab results STAT meaning immediately, especially in an emergency . You have to be able to work under pressure just as well as when it is calm.
Our Career Tips
It's important to understand the importance of the laboratory in a hospital setting. It's important to be able to be alert and pay attention to everything you are doing. We have often told friends that our main job description is following directions. We have to pay attention all of the time. The smallest detail is extremely important. It's also very important to keep up to date with the most current technologies coming out and as they relate to the clinical laboratory as well as what tests are most important to physicians.
Source: This is an excerpt from Internet by several articles.