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Overview

Pathology Collectors extract, collect, label and preserve blood and other specimens from patients for laboratory analysis.

Day-to-day

  • greet donors
  • records donors' personal details, including their weight, age, blood type and contact details
  • explains the procedure to donors and checks their personal details
  • takes a finger-prick test to check the donor's haemoglobin (red blood cells) and ensure that iron levels in the blood are normal
  • takes blood from donors
  • informs donors of emergency medical contacts for potential side-effects of donating blood
  • cares for donors who may be feeling dizzy or have another adverse reaction
  • provides refreshments for donors, and ensures they absorb enough sugar back into their system
  • maintains machinery and orders supplies
  • advertises blood collection days
  • drives a blood bank collection vehicle
  • gives speeches about donating blood.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • stressful.

To become a Pathology Collector

Skills employers are looking for

  • Phlebotomy

  • Pathology

  • Communication Skills

  • Specimen Collection

  • Venipuncture

  • Customer Service

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