Laboratory technicians do different testing to determine what is causing a disease or an infection. They are like science detectives trying to help the doctors diagnose and choose the correct treatment for the patient. The video is about an average day of life as a Medical Laboratory Technician at Wellington SCL. She shared her shift work schedule, starting at eight am until four-thirty pm. Sometimes she’ll have to do one PM until 10 PM. Before doing the work, she would look at what area she is covering and how many samples are there on the day to be finished before she can go. But, as demonstrated in the video, we cannot predict the workload as it can always change day to day and season to season. In her department, she works with forty people. They test community and hospital samples. They do various tests on different samples, and those samples could be blood, urine, or feces. They also do many different kinds of swabs, throat swabs, genital swabs, and wound swabs, and get a lot of different bacteria and microorganisms from all of the specimens.
While watching the vlog, I realized how crucial the work of medical technologists is in conducting all the testing and a variety of work. After all, so many areas should be covered week to week. But what makes it interesting is that they always get different microorganisms from each test, allowing them to learn and delve deeper into the background of the tested specimen. One part of the video that captures my attention the most is when they handle so many samples each day, and they usually do more than a hundred, so there will be lots of plates. Thus, it’s essential to know it involves shiftwork, and it’s going to be physical, mental, and emotional work. You could be on your feet all day, doing a lot of sample handling, watching those specimens on a microscope, and running tests to arrive at an accurate result. Hence, I would agree with the medical technologist in the video that this role would require so much patience and would suit someone passionate and interested in human health, likes thinking scientifically, and is up for a challenge. But, no matter the struggle, it is also important to remember that our work is vital to patients’ appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and care. Let’s continue to save lives, Laban Katusok!
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