The Recovery Technician will service in the greater Galveston, TX area. Lions Gift of Sight is homed in St. Paul.
This is a temporary/casual technical position based in Galveston 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.The nature of this position necessitates availability by phone when scheduled. Travel is required throughout the assigned coverage area, using primarily University-owned vehicles. Recovery staff are considered “critical employees” as they are expected to complete these duties during emergency closures unless specifically instructed not to report to work at these times.
75% Tissue Recovery
Respond to calls from the donor coordinator within 10 minutes, when on call, and provide clear and concise information to ensure timeliness and efficiency
Retrieve supplies from predesignated location
Receive and verify legal authorization for eye donation
Travel to assigned facilities
Adhere to facility expectations regarding check in, check out, and facility requests, including any medical examiner restrictions or requests
Confirm the identity of the donor
Tissue eligibility duties:
Perform external exam of the body and eyes
Obtain adequate blood sample
Collect medical, laboratory, and other data to ensure tissue quality
Prepare donors for recovery within procedural guidelines
Perform surgical scrub per AORN standards
Perform in situ corneal excision as directed
Accurately and legibly label all tissue and specimens
Package tissue, instruments, and documentation per policy
Clean, restore, and reposition the donor following recovery
Provide excellent customer service by treating donors with dignity and respect, families with compassion, and facilities with professionalism and cleanliness
Complete required documentation for each procedure and submit it for inclusion in the individuals medical record and LGS case file, paper form or electronically
10% Special Projects
Maintain annual tissue recovery certifications and complete required training
Respond to supervisor feedback and meet established tissue quality standards
Host visiting observers and assist in the training of new technicians
Attend and actively participate in meetings and complete performance assessments at the request of supervisors & managers
Perform other projects as assigned by supervisor
General Responsibilities: At all times
Practice safe work habits at all times
Carry a cell phone or pager during assigned call shifts
Maintain professional work habits, communication skills, appearance, documentation, etc.
Practice effective, respectful, and proactive communications with all LGS staff and with staff at partner organizations
Be an advocate for organ, eye, and tissue donation as we work to advance the LGS mission to restore sight through eye donation
All required qualifications must be documented on application material
At least 18 years of age
High School Diploma or GED
Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision and dynamically prioritize tasks
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to make detailed observations and document them clearly and completely
Comfortable working with deceased individuals
Ability to understand and adhere to sterile and aseptic technique, universal precautions, and LGS policies and procedures
Excellent fine motor skills to perform surgical procedures delicately and precisely
Capability to use standard office and business equipment
Maintain valid driver’s license and adhere to University of Minnesota & Lions Gift of Sight vehicle use policies. Must maintain reliable transportation at all times
Ability to work varying hours, nights, and weekends
Ability to stand for extended periods of time and shift/move weights of 250+ lbs
2+ years of post-high school work experience or education in donation, bioscience, healthcare, or related field
Experience with cadavers or deceased individuals, surgical techniques, aseptic technique, lab procedures, and microscopy
Knowledge of human and/or eye anatomy and related medical terminology
Understanding of HIPAA guidelines, biohazard safety, and FDA’s “Good Tissue Practice”
Knowledgeable about general disease processes, signs, symptoms, and infectious disease
Internal Number: 340305
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