Tissue recovery technicians are responsible for assisting with the donation of organs and improving the lives of those who are in need of transplants, and they deal with the implantation of skin tissue as well as tissue recovery. These technicians must be highly focused and pay close attention to detail to provide quality patient care to the best of their abilities. Other responsibilities of this position include recovering, processing, and distributing tissue, as well as preserving eye tissue, taking and handling donors' blood, maintaining laboratory equipment, and supplying inventory.
Tissue recovery technicians work primarily indoors in hospitals, and their work environment can be busy and even frantic at times. There are often multiple patients at once, and they usually work with other anesthesiologists, phlebotomists, and dermatologists.
A bachelor's degree and at least one year of experience as an R.N., P.A., or O.R. are often minimum requirements for this position, and they usually work from morning until night. They often need to be on-call, and typical days can get very busy.
Tissue Recovery Technician Tasks
Set up, adjust, maintain and clean medical laboratory equipment.
Record and maintain donor records and autopsy reports.
Collect, pack and ship human tissue for transporting from donor to receiving patients.
Conduct blood tests for transplant purposes and perform blood counts.