Keeping Couriers Safe

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Keeping Couriers Safe

A medical courier is a very important member of the health care team. The quality of the transported specimens rests in your capable hands. Congratulations on choosing your new career as a courier. You will have the opportunity to learn about laboratory medicine, specimens and laboratory tests. You will also be in a position to observe other medical professionals. This job can be looked upon as either a career or a stepping stone to other opportunities for advancement.
Not all couriers become successful. You must have integrity, reliability and be willing to follow protocol and procedures. Couriers frequently work under a tight schedule and you must be efficient. Speed and efficiency are important, but you must not lose sight of your safety training, correct handling techniques and customer service skills. If you aspire to move up the career ladder, you must present a professional manner and appearance at all times.
Couriers have an important role to perform as part of the patient care team as they support the ordering physicians and the laboratory technologists in getting the job done and done right – the first time. Congratulations on your new position as a medical courier. Enjoy your new job and be proud.