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Autopsy Technician 1

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Job Title Autopsy Technician 1
Department Pathology - 31540
Pay Grade
Job Category Temporary
Job Summary

The William L. Jenkins Forensic Center is in need of a part-time temporary Autopsy Technician. Will train the right person. The potential exists for future full time position in the division of Forensic Pathology that the incumbent would have the opportunity to apply for.

Prepares station and body for autopsy by ensuring identity and documenting integrity of body bag seal, initial photography, documenting weight and height of body.

Inventories personal effects of the decedent.

Assists the forensic pathologist with handling and moving bodies in the autopsy suite and in performance of autopsies to include eviscerating organs from body using surgical technique; removal of calvarium using autopsy saw; and, advanced evisceration techniques as required.

Performs autopsy photography; backs up photographic images into database and creates copy of autopsy images on CD.

Performs x-rays of decedents while maintaining x-ray technique log; prepares copies of radiology images on CD for filing in case chart.

Collects and preserves forensic evidence, labels and packages evidence, and documents evidence collected maintaining chain of custody.

Collects specimens for microbiology using sterile technique; orders required tests through software; labels, packages, and delivers specimens to microbiology for analysis while maintaining chain of custody.

Ensures accuracy of cassettes submitted by pathologist; delivers specimens to the histology laboratory and returns prepared slides to pathologist for review while maintaining chain of custody; and, returns slides to histology for filing.

Admits and releases bodies to and from the forensic center; ensures identity of bodies admitted, prepared for autopsy, and released from the forensic center.

Sets up cutting station for extended neuropathologic examination and other extended examinations using established protocol.

Ensures a safe and effective working environment by maintaining clean work areas, equipment and instruments and notifying appropriate staff of malfunction of equipment, work station lighting, etc.

Ensures that body diagrams and other forms needed by pathologist in morgue are stocked routinely.

Ensures autopsy stations are stocked with proper equipment, supplies and PPE for use during autopsy procedure.

Prepares and closes body for release to funeral home.

Cleans morgue, body receiving areas, instruments, equipment, floors, autopsy tables/stations, dissecting areas, and refrigerated storage; stocks PPE in locker area; and, disposes of all biohazard waste produced by the morgue facility.

Prepares soiled linen for pick up by laundry service; maintains clean linen at autopsy stations for use during autopsy procedure.

Maintains a clean and organized tissue stock room and specimen freezer; disposes of wet and frozen tissue using established protocol after tissue retention period and when authorization is obtained by forensic pathologist.

Trains new employees/volunteers following established protocol.

Assists the pathologist with instructing medical students and residents in evisceration technique; explains steps in the autopsy process to employees, law enforcement, residents, medical students, student workers, and volunteers.

Provides technical assistance to attending and residents in the performance of hospital autopsies.

Maintains temperature logs of all refrigerated and freezer storage.

Upholds established standard operating procedures, quality improvement, safety and environmental and infection control standards.

Assists Medicolegal Death Investigators in release of evidence to law enforcement.

Assists in maintaining inventory of morgue equipment and supplies.

Performs special projects or duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

Knowledge of medical terminology.

Ability to stand for extended periods of time and perform heavy lifting.

Ability to work with decedents in decomposed state and work in malodorous conditions.

Ability to keep detailed records including specimen and evidence control.

Ability to pay meticulous attention to detail when completing documentation.

Ability to use an air purifying respirator required by ETSU Health and Safety Office.

Required Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Graduation from a standard high school or equivalency required.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science with course work in anatomy and physiology preferred; experience equal to one year of full-time work in emergency medical services, hospital, funeral home, or donor services preferred; and, experience with decedents is preferred.

Salary 15.00 per hour

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number SS00062P
Is this position subject to a criminal background check? Yes
Is any part of the funding for this posting coming from a grant or outside funding source? Yes
Open Date 04/03/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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