This is a temporary/casual technical position based in Rochester and surrounding cities. The primary responsibility of this position is to recover eye tissue from deceased eye donors. This is an on-call position with variable evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
75% Perform Eye Tissue Recoveries – Enucleation or In Situ Corneal Excision
Respond to pages or calls from donor coordinator within 10 minutes.
Travel to any assigned facilities within your scheduled call hours.
Check in and out of facilities where body is located before and after each recovery.
Receive and verify legal authorization or Document of Gift for eye donation
Confirm identity of body.
Perform external body exam.
Draw blood and label blood tube appropriately.
Perform surgical scrub
Perform whole eye enucleation or in situ corneal excision as directed by donor coordinator
Correctly label eye jars, corneal chambers, or corneal vials and complete paperwork appropriately.
Pick up and send a pre-transfusion blood sample (e.g. hospital laboratory) if requested by the donor coordinator
Arrange transportation of eyes to the MLEB laboratory.
For transplant cases, copy the donor's medical records and document other relevant donor history or
Pick up previously copied donor chart from hospital as directed by the donor coordinator
Package tissue and documentation per policy and deliver to shipping site
Document eye donor and procurement information on the Donor Physical Exam Report form (including legal authorization or Document of Gift verification, body ID and external body exam).
Complete the Ocular Procurement Procedure Report form.
Update Kit Checklist form
5% Special Projects
Perform other miscellaneous projects applicable to this job as assigned by supervisor.
Perform public relations duties when on-call as a procurement technician (e.g. if approached for more information about eye donation or the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank).
At All Times General Responsibilities
Practice safe work habits at all times (OSHA).
Read and follow applicable MLEB policies and procedures.
Practice effective, respectful, and proactive communication with other MLEB staff and with staff at other organizations.
Maintain professional work habits: communication skills, appearance, documentation, etc.
Attend and participate in meetings as required.
Carry pager or cell phone during scheduled shifts
Complete necessary education requirements by required due dates
Check University of Minnesota email account regularly; 2-3 times per week and prior to your call shifts
Availability by cell phone or pager at all times during scheduled shifts
At least 18 years old
Comfortable working with deceased donors
Ability to understand and adhere to sterile (aseptic) technique, universal precautions, blood drawing technique and other MLEB training
Ability to stand for extended periods of time
Ability to be trained to perform fine surgical technique
Reliable transportation at all times during scheduled shifts
Travel to all team procurement locations
Attention to detail in documentation and labeling
Ability to complete donor body exams: roll deceased donors to examine back, lift legs, etc.
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