Medical Laboratory Assistant

Medical laboratory assistants do clerical and pre-analytical tasks. These include data entry and blood collection in laboratories.

Medical laboratory assistants do pre-analytical functions. This involves, for example, collecting blood samples (phlebotomy), processing and moving specimens, and preparing special chemicals (called reagents) for use in testing. In BC, medical laboratory assistants also perform electrocardiograms.

Medical laboratory assistants work in:

  • medical laboratories in hospitals
  • clinics
  • research institutes
  • universities
  • government research laboratories.

They must be concerned with detail and be able to follow strict procedures. Their work requires a high level of accuracy so they need to be precise both in work procedures and in maintaining concise records.

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