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Great stuff…

anonymous asked:

how did you become a lab tech/what qualifications/experience do you need? also what do you do/what do you enjoy about being one?

‘what qualifications’ oh man

Ok so as you know, my actual qualification is ‘Bachelor of Science: Biology’ and after that I was pretty sure that if I did the additional two years for a Masters degree was gonna die. My mental health really tanked over the course of my study.

So I decided to go get a job, and while looking for offers found one that was aimed at ‘lab techs or biologists’ and I applied there and lo, I got in. I…didn’t have a lot of hospital lab tech experience aside from a two weeks practical back in 10th grade, but I was willing to do weekend/night oncall shifts (so basically 24h in the hospital), and being willing to put in the work and learn got me in. I got most of my qualifications as extra training after being hired, which worked probably because biologists do have a solid idea on what things are, but there was still a steep learning curve. So most of my qualification was ‘rough idea of thing, willing to learn, willing to work’ and that was good enough. Been at it for 3 years now so I think nobody’s been regretting it yet. 

What I do is…well, the lab does ‘basic parameters’, so blood cell counts both on the machine and manually if necessary, coagulation, the basic clinical parameters, urine analysis and blood grouping, as well as a number of quick tests and ready-made PCRs for influence, norwalk virus and MRSA. 

What I enjoy: it’s very rewarding work, imo. The lab is fairly small, so you’re not stuck working ‘just’ the CBC or just the blood grouping all day, you do a bit of everything. You make a direct impact on helping people by supplying the information that the doctors need to make a diagnosis and start the needed treatments. Since the hospital is fairly small, it does get stressy but they’re not rushing you off your feet all day every day, it’s a good mix of stressy and laid back and my coworkers and boss are all darlings so the work atmosphere is pretty damn pleasant, too.

It’s close enough to my chosen field that I can relate things from work back into the framework, but also learn new things. There’s always a bit if problem solving in trying to work out things with the machines, or the IT or the doctors. There’s business as usual, but things aren’t identical, so there’s always enough variety to not let you fall into a rut, at least not for long. 

set2zero  asked:

My lab rotation includes microbiology, and I'm afraid there aren't any real bad horror stories for antibiotic resistance, except when everything you try on the bacteria is resistant, and sensitivity testing takes a day; so each new antibiotic the doctor requests means an extra day for the report to come out, which means the patient's stay is extended, and the patient may suffer the side effects of various antibiotics. Then hope you don't get blood sepsis.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any (lab or otherwise) horror stories specifically to illustrate what a stunningly bad idea it is to not finish a course of antibiotics? I've seen people talking about "cheating" and "saving up" stuff for the next infection and I can just scream in incoherent rage...

Not really, since I usually don’t see the bacterial cultures we do (they’re send to the microbio lab)

BUT that said:

We currently have a patient on ICU who’s… likely not going to leave the hospital again, to be frank. 

And she’s settled with at least two multi-resistant germs, one of which has resulted in an open sore on the lower body that’s required multiple skin grafts and they just can’t get a grip on the infection because she’s pretty old already and the germs are resistant to…well not everything under the sun, but most of it. So there’s not much treatment to be done anymore, sadly.

And that’s the result, at least in part, of people not running their course of antibiotics. Because if you don’t run them through then there’s a larger chance that you will get a resistant pathogen and if you’re otherwise healthy, then hey, maybe that won’t be a problem. But if you’re not? If you’re already old and maybe a little frail? Then this can be devastating. 

And the same thing happens if you ‘save for the next infection’ because who knows if the next infection even is a bacterial one, and every exposure of a bacteria population to an antibiotic runs the risk of a resistant strain coming out the other side.

There’s currently an ad being run on German TV that advocates for cutting down the use of antibiotics for things like colds, because most common colds are viral and anti-biotics don’t do shit to them anyways and instead only up the risk of resistances. 

Work crush keeps staying late for various reasons, so I’ve been keeping him company. Two nights ago, it was because the cat trap caught a kitten and someone from first shift was coming to pick it up. Last night was because of a TLC plate taking forever in the mobile phase. We ended up talking about bunch about non work stuff and it was really nice. Raccoons, voles, baby bats, our pets, dissecting stuff at school, tattoos, skin issues, friends, the girl he’s been texting. Earlier in the night, he was complaining about workload and trying to move up, asking if he was being too negative. Yujung was like “Stop flirting with Jenn!” and to get back to work. I was kind of happy. I feel like I’m pretty obvious about liking him, but I’m so shitty at knowing what others are thinking.

That feel when you accidentally inhale hydrochloric acid fumes. Then you feel sick, get worried, Google it, and have an anxiety attack at your desk. Work friends helped make me less worried. Now my throat just hurts a little.

I had to use it again yesterday, and was kinda scared, but I didn’t breathe any in. Success.


From organic chem extractions, back to microbio testing of agricultural products. Each week we’re sent fertilimer, a mixture of sludge deposits/biosolids from waste treatment plant drying beds, as well as a base, generally lye. It’s mixed together like compost with the intention of selling it to farmers as a less expensive alternative to chemical based fertilizers. Before that can happen, we need to test it for nutrients, heavy metals, and fecal coliform. The life of a lab tech is sometimes less than glamorous.