ERIC Number: ED027395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Manpower Study of Technical Personnel in Hospital Clinical Laboratories. Final Report.
Harkness, James P., And Others
As one of the efforts related to closing the gap between the growing demands for clinical laboratory workers and the supply of well-trained workers, the volume and quality of laboratory procedures and the general characteristics of workers in North Carolina hospitals were studied. Approaches to the study included tests on "unknowns" by laboratory workers, interviews and questionnaires. Some findings were: (1) Hospital laboratories perform approximately the same ratio of tests per bed and have approximately the same ratio of workers per bed regardless of other factors, (2) As hospital size increases, so does the quality of work, (3) The areas of laboratory work most easily automated make up seven-eighths of the total output, (4) Workers trained in schools certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, those trained in commercial schools, and those with on-the-job training only were almost equally represented, and (5) About half of all workers had had 5 years or more of experience but most earned less than $5,000 annually. Recommendations include: (1) more effective supervision by pathologists, (2) evaluation of laboratories by educationally oriented organizations, (3) regional laboratories to make automation feasible, and (4) patient admitting practices appropriate to the capabilities of hospital laboratories. (JK)
Descriptors: Automation, Clinical Diagnosis, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Hospitals, Individual Characteristics, Laboratories, Laboratory Techniques, Medical Evaluation, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Medical Technologists, Occupational Surveys, Pathology, Performance Criteria, Personnel Evaluation, Quality Control, Questionnaires
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: North Carolina