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Laboratory Management: Roles & Techniques

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In this lesson, learn the roles of a laboratory manager in a clinical laboratory. Examine what is required and how the manager keeps the lab running smoothly.

A laboratory manager oversees the operations and scheduling of various types of labs. A clinical laboratory is a laboratory that provides procedures that support physicians in their work. The clinical laboratory analyzes the blood work, ensure its accuracy, then send the results to the ordering physician. Clinical laboratories work with many physicians. As a laboratory manager is essential to schedule patient samples, performing accurate analysis, and maintaining good records for each physician.

Laboratory Manager

Laboratory Manager Roles

  • Schedule staff
  • Reordering laboratory supplies
  • Maintain security standards
  • Maintain safety standards
  • Train, mentor, and discipline lab assistants and staff
  • Schedule lab and equipment use time

Management Techniques

  • Management involves working with people, equipment, and software.
  • Techniques for managing equipment involve:
  • cleaning, regular checkups, and calibrations of the equipment used.
  • Equipment need to be cleaned, calibrated, and checked regularly.
  • Techniques for managing software include providing regular training to staff, maintaining the computers used for the software to run smoothly and virus-free, and updating the software as needed.
Let's take a look at a working clinical laboratory.

Clinical Laboratory Example

Kevin is the laboratory manager for the Imaginary Healthy Clinical Lab. To start the lab, Kevin personally interviewed various candidates for the positions of lab assistant and lab staff. He made sure the candidates had the necessary educational background and certificates to perform the necessary duties, such as blood draws and blood analysis. Kevin also sourced the blood analysis machines his lab would use to perform the blood analysis tests. In addition, he also purchased the necessary medical supplies, such as syringes, needles, sanitizer, bandages, and all the other supplies his clinical lab would need and use. He makes sure to always have enough supplies on hand for a full 3 months out.

As part of the staff training, Kevin also makes sure the lab is kept clean and documents are kept secure. Kevin enjoys being a laboratory manager because no two days are alike. Some days go smoothly, while others present challenges Kevin and his team need to overcome.

  • Schedule staff
  • Reordering laboratory supplies
  • Maintain security standards
  • Maintain safety standards
  • Train, mentor, and discipline lab assistants and staff
  • Schedule lab and equipment use time
Management techniques include working with staff members, providing regular equipment maintenance, and making sure software is updated regularly.

Summary

In review, a laboratory manager oversees the operations and scheduling of various types of labs. A clinical laboratory is a laboratory that provides procedures to support physicians in their work. Below is a list of the roles of a laboratory manager.

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