Autopsy Technician II

Connecticut, United States
28 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Responsible for a variety of duties which involve preparing bodies for postmortem examination and in-taking and releasing bodies to funeral directors. Sets up, operates, and maintains lab equipment.

Washes, dries, and positions bodies. Prepares materials necessary for ancillary testing during postmortem exam. Prepares and preserves tissue specimens. Assists in body evisceration (organ removal). Prepares preserving solutions. Records information and completes forms and assists with various clerical duties Maintains file of specimens used in teaching programs. Instructs and serves as a source of information for support staff on autopsy procedures and equipment operation. Sets up visual aids/tissue specimens for classroom/lab instruction. Provides for and ensures that appropriate hygiene and sanitary standards are observed and maintained. Sets up, operates, and maintains laboratory equipment. Responsible for receiving and releasing all bodies. Inventories personal effects of the decedent and documents for chain of custody. Receives and verifies forms and credentials for permission for autopsy and the receipt and release of all bodies. Interacts with funeral directors and other concerned parties with handling of the deceased. Packages and or delivers and or obtains specimens to/from other laboratories as needed. Addresses unusual concerns with lead technician(s) or management as appropriate. Assists callers with their needs in regards to the autopsy and morgue service. Enters data and accessions autopsies into CoPath LIS. Review and document pertinent information from EPIC for proper preparation of remains for autopsy. Maintains inventory of all supplies. Maintains routine maintenance and safety logs in regards to temperature and other conditions. Maintains established policies and procedures Interacts with faculty and staff to assist with the details of autopsy times, schedules, and staff. Maintains proper cleanliness of autopsy suites. Demonstrates ability to work calmly and professionally in potentially graphic scenarios with potential for exposure to unpleasant odors, hazardous chemicals, communicable diseases, and sharp dissection tools. Maintains confidentiality at all times. Performs additional functions as needed, incidental to autopsy or morgue service.

Essential Duties

  1. Prepares bodies for postmortem examinations. Washes, dries, measures, and positions bodies.
  2. Prepares and preserves tissue and specimens. Assists in body dissection.
  3. Serves as a source of information to students, support and medical staff on autopsy procedures.
  4. Develops and modifies new autopsy techniques and procedures. Recommends and conducts specialized methods and procedures for the removal of organs.
  5. Oversees and instructs students, support and medical staff member on these techniques.
  6. Provides for and ensures that appropriate hygiene and sanitary standards are observed and maintained. Sets up, operates and maintains laboratory equipment. Instructs students, support and medical staff on the safe operation of specialized autopsy equipment. Records information and completes forms.
  7. Responsible for receiving and releasing all bodies. Receives and verifies forms and credentials for permission for autopsy and the receipt and release of all bodies.
  8. Prepares preserving solutions. May oversee the activity of a support staff. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. Sets up visual aids for classroom instruction. 9. Performs additional functions incidental to autopsy activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and a high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated experience with morgue duties/decedent affairs, including but not limited to, demonstrating empathy and tact in speaking with families of deceased, handling bodies, and interacting with funeral directors.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proven experience with CoPath LIS.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Understanding of HIPAA and patient confidentiality.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to tolerate situations involving unpleasant odors, visuals, chemicals, complex tools and equipment. Enthusiasm handling blood, body fluids, and body tissues.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience in hospital or other patient care settings. Bachelor's Degree.

Physical Requirements

Ability to stand for 2-3 hours at a time or more. Ability to remain in personal protective equipment for 2-3 hours or more. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs from floor level.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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