The laboratory technical assistant processes and prepares specimens for clinical laboratory and reference laboratory testing. They are qualified to perform duties in multiple laboratory sections or operational departments. When preparing the specimens, CLTAs ensure the accuracy of patient information and follow universal precautions and procedures. Clinical lab tech assistants may function as lab phlebotomists and collect blood samples from patients as required.
The clinical laboratory technical assistant may operate automated laboratory instrumentation to assist in laboratory testing. In this role, they may perform or participate with the clinical laboratory scientists in certain portions of semi-automated and manual testing procedures and complex and multiple-step specimen processing.
CLTAs may also assist with logging the inventory of the laboratory supplies. Other lab support responsibilities include collecting and recording data for quality assurance purposes and, if necessary, completing follow-up tasks.
Another responsibility that clinical lab assistants hold is abiding by company practices and regulations. In addition, CLTAs must adhere to all patient and privacy rights, as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).