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Working As A Dialysis Technician

  • $40,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Dialysis Technician Do At Munson Healthcare

* Performs duties that are required to prepare the equipment and supplies for the dialysis treatments.
* Machine Care_
* Cleans, disinfects and rinses dialysis machines according to protocol.
* Prepares machines and related equipment for hemodialysis treatments per facility procedures.
* Troubleshoots machine alarms as appropriate.
* Safely operates all dialysis-related equipment.
* Reports machine problems to mechanical technician.
* Removes disposables and cleans station after each treatment.
* Is knowledgeable of all emergency equipment/ emergency operational procedures.
* Patient Care_
* Performs duties to assist with the care of the patient.
* Obtains vital signs and weights of the patients.
* Prepares supplies for the dialysis treatment.
* Performs cannulation via a vascular access or catheter.
* Administration of local anesthetics shall be limited to intradermal, subcutaneous, or topical administration.
* Obtains laboratory specimen via vascular access/catheter.
* Initiates dialysis treatment/terminates dialysis treatments safely per facility protocol.
* Monitors patients during dialysis treatments.
* Assists with changeover.
* Mixes acids and bicarbonate according to protocol.
* Reports any significant information or change in patient condition to the Patient Care Coordinator and or designee.
* Responsible for accurate documentation of information related to patient treatment in the appropriate patient record.
* Attends patient care-plan meetings when appropriate.
* Disposes of medical waste per facility protocol.
* Disinfects non disposable equipment as directed by facility protocols.
* Is responsible for ordering and stocking supplies.
* Performs other related work as assigned by Patient Care Coordinator and or designee.
* Professionalism_
* Demonstrates professionalism according to facility guidelines, adheres to HIPAA confidentiality policies (customers, patients, employees, financial).
* Is able to adapt to an ever changing environment and has the ability to work harmoniously with others.
* Behaves appropriately (language, appropriate conversations, and refrains from offensive behaviors).
* Follows dress code for the position held and acts in a professional manner at all times.
* Dependability_
* Attends work according to the schedule and job expectations.
* Completes job duties in accordance with Policy and Procedures (standards).
* Attends work as scheduled and on time.
* Completes job duties as assigned (completes job duties accurately and within standard time frames).
* Follows through with assignments.
* Teamwork_
* Works with other staff members in a cooperative and efficient manner to provide the optimum environment for providing quality services.
* Supports other employees and team members.
* Resolves conflicts in a professional manner.
* Seeks to improve work practices and participates quality improvement committees.
* Communication_
* Strives to use clear verbal communication with dialysis patients, families, and members of the interdisciplinary team.
* Provides relevant, timely, accurate, and factual documentation in concurrence with job specifications (data collection).
* Informs appropriate individual(s) about work-related problems and concerns.
* Demonstrates good listening skills and seeks ways to resolve disagreements.
* Safety_
* Because of possible contact with infectious diseases, good safety and personal hygiene habits are required.
* Because of potential exposure to environmental hazards, caution must be exercised to prevent injury.
* Complies with all safety education/policies/regulations.
* Demonstrates proper use of equipment.
* Maintains a clean environment/work area.
* Practices safe habits in the work area.
* Reports any concern to Patient Care Coordinator and or designee.
* Growth_
* Attends educational in services to increase knowledge and grow professionally.
* Attends 80% of scheduled staff meetings.
* Seeks out opportunities to improve the quality of care given at the dialysis facility.
* Performs other duties and responsibilities as

What Does A Dialysis Technician Do At Fresenius Medical Care North America

* Responsible for driving the FMS culture through values and customer service standards.
* Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers.
* Develops and maintains effective relationships through effective and timely communication.
* Takes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner.
* Assist other health care members in providing patient specific detailed education regarding adequacy measures where appropriate
* Online Clearance Monitoring (OLC), Adequacy Monitoring Program (AMP), Urea Kinetic Modeling (UKM), and regarding disease process/access.
* Welcome assigned patients and inquire as to their wellbeing since their last treatment.
* Report any complaints or observations to the nurse supervisor.
* Evaluate vascular access for patency and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Obtain necessary pre and post treatment vital signs and weight.
* Report unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Perform vascular access evaluation pre-treatment and report unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Perform vascular access cannulation and report any difficulties in cannulation or unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Perform administration of Heparin as delegated or as allowed by state law.
* Initiate dialysis treatment according to prescribed orders including blood flow (QB) and dialysate flow (QD).
* Evaluate intradialytic problems and provide intervention as prescribed by physician order or as directed.
* Monitor patients’ response to dialysis therapy and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Obtain vital signs prior to reinfusion; perform all relevant functions necessary for the discontinuation of treatment - document.
* Discontinue dialysis treatment according to established procedures,
* Evaluate patient prior to termination of venous access - standing & sitting blood pressure.
* Obtain Hemostasis and apply appropriate dressings.
* Evaluate the patient for prior to discharge and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
* Perform and record Pre and Post dialysis evaluation, weight and vital signs with initial identification.
* Responsible for calculating and entry of individual patients’ dialysis machine programming for Ultrafiltration (UF) goal; treatment time; Sodium (Na) modeling; and UF modeling as prescribed.
* Responsible for ensuring appropriate safety alarms are enabled, including Narrow Venous Limits (NVL) 160.
* Record accurate and timely information regarding vital signs and treatment parameters onto the Hemodialysis Treatment Sheet with initial identification.
* Responsible for accurate documentation of information related to patient treatment including completion of Hemodialysis Treatment Sheet and, if applicable, progress notes.
* Report any significant information and/or change in patient condition directly to the nurse supervisor.
* Observe patient, and conduct machine safety checks according to facility policy.
* Report any change or unusual findings to the nurse supervisor.
* Perform and document any intervention for unusual patient status and document patients' response to intervention.
* Evaluate patients’ vascular access during treatment including arterial and venous monitoring pressures, provide appropriate intervention as needed, document and report any unusual findings to the nurse supervisor.
* Obtain all prescribed laboratory testing and prepare specimens for collection.
* Maintain environmental integrity and aesthetics - ensure all areas are safe and clean.
* Clean and disinfect dialysis machine surface, chair, equipment, and surrounding area between treatments according to facility policy.
* Conduct all tasks necessary for preparation for dialysis treatment and document where appropriate.
* Perform all required pretreatment dialysis machine alarm testing including Pressure Holding (PHT).
* Initiate Solution Delivery System (SDS) system.
* Ensure that all blood spills are immediately cleaned with appropriate disinfectant according to facility policy.
* Prepare, organize, and efficiently utilize supplies and equipment to prevent wastage.
* Complete and document ongoing participation in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
* Enters all treatment data into the designated clinical application accurately and in a timely manner.
* Review treatment sheets for completeness, ensure nursing signatures are documented, and ensure omitted entries are completed or corrected where appropriate.
* Prepare initial patient chart for admission and compile paperwork for appropriate placement in chart.
* Prepare lab requisitions for prescribed or stat Lab specimens according to laboratory destination.
* Collect, label, appropriately prepare and store lab samples according required laboratory specifications.
* Ensure collection of lab specimens by appropriate lab courier.
* Perform additional duties as assigned.
* Assisting the HT RN:
* May assist HT RN on Home Visit as directed
* Reinforces PD / HHD education under supervision of qualified HT RN
* Schedules and contacts patients regarding appointments
* Weigh patient and obtain vital signs
* Collect treatment records and review for completion.
* Notify RN of incomplete / missing records.
* Cleaning and prepping treatment room; prep charts
* Preparing lab tubes and requisitions & assisting with lab draw days both pre and post draw (PCT certified phlebotomy or per state regulations)
* Clerical duties as assigned (faxing, mailing to physician offices etc.)
* Obtain home hemo water sampling as directed by the HT RN
* Set-up of the home hemo machine and PD Cycler.
* Assist with exit site care when directed by HT RN.
* Warm dialysate solution when directed by the HT RN
* Draw dialysate solution for testing as directed by the HT RN
* Creates and sends patient reminders (supply inventory for order, Kt/V collection, bringing meds to clinic visit for review)
* Assembles/breaks down charts / thins charts
* Maintains logs as directed and applicable
* Inventory of Home Program
* Maintains par levels of home department supplies
* Files home patient packing slips/invoices
* Inventory for Patients
* Assists patient with supply management and contacting customer service

What Does A Dialysis Technician Do At Mercyhealth

* Interviews patients, collects patient assessment data, measures vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight, and records information on patients' treatment records.
* Sets up patient station, including chair, supplies, and machine pre-treatment, enters data into machine.
* Takes down and cleans machines post treatment.
* Canulates patient access, removes needles when treatment complete.
* Initiates and performs treatments, and collects lab specimens.
* Performs dialysis catheter care, accesses catheter, flushes and heparinizes catheter.
* Performs water, dialysate, and machine safety checks.
* Performs LAL, water, and dialysate collection for testing.
* Prepares treatment sheets and performs other clerical and lab duties as needed.
* Inventories and orders medical supplies.
* Performs vascular access monitoring, and data collection.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands or arms, talk or hear, and use hands to handle, finger, and feel.
* The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, kneel, crawl, stoop, crouch, and taste or smell.
* The employee must be able to assist transferring and ambulating patients.
* The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move more than 100 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 500 pounds.
* Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
* Adolescent through geriatric.
* To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
* Quality
* Follows policies and procedures; Adapts to changes in the environment; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
* Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.
* Applies feedback to improve performance.
* Service
* Responds promptly to requests for service and assistance.
* Meets commitments.
* Abides by MHS confidentiality and security agreement.
* Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
* Partnering
* Supports organization's goal and values.
* Exhibits objectivity and openness to other's views.
* Gives and welcomes feedback.
* Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
* Generates suggestions for improving work.
* Cost
* Conserves organization resources.
* Problem Solving
* Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.
* Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
* Technical Skills
* Assesses own strengths and weaknesses.
* Pursues training and development opportunities.
* Oral Communication
* Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations.
* Listens and gets clarification.
* Responds well to questions.
* Demonstrates group presentation skills, Participates in meetings.
* Written Communication
* Writes clearly and informatively.
* Edits work for spelling and grammar.
* Able to read and interpret written information

What Does A Dialysis Technician Do At Geisinger Health System

* Administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation until other personnel arrive.
* Performs water system and equipment (included meters) checks as assigned.
* Assures that machine alarms are on and functioning.
* Prepares patient for dialysis by obtaining pre-dialysis vital signs and weights.
* Sets up, primes, and tests dialysis machines.
* Observes and monitors patients for change in status and reports to charge nurse.
* Initiates hemodialysis via fistula or graft.
* Discontinues hemodialysis treatments and cleans machine per policy.
* Empties linen hampers and replaces bags.
* Ensures adequate dialysate supplies are available to perform hemodialysis treatments, to include mixing bicarbonate and acid solutions.
* Weigh patients pre- and post-dialysis as required by staffing.
* Assists with restocking the hemodialysis unit.
* Assists with disinfection of all dialysis equipment, to include dialysis machines, bicarbonate mixer/loop, acid mixer.
* Procures supplies from all outside and internal sources as needed.
* Holds venipuncture sites as requested by the nurse.
* Directs patients and visitors to proper sources of information.
* Documentation in the computerized charting system.
* Assists in the orientation of other technicians to the dialysis unit.
* Performs other activities as requested to support patient care.
* Team Responsibilities:
* a.
* Actively participates as a team member in working toward team goals of the unit and organization.
* b.
* Utilizes good interpersonal skills through daily interactions, i.e., courteous, tactful, no aggressive, respectful.
* c.
* Demonstrates follow through on team recommendations.
* d.
* Collaborates with other health care teams in order to facilitate multi-disciplinary patient care.
* e.
* Suggests issues of improvement and offers solutions to the issues.
* Service Responsibilities:
* a.
* Makes eye contact, acknowledges and greets patients, visitors and coworkers whenever he/she meets them.
* b.
* Introduces self to patient, family and visitors and explains functions to be performed.
* c.
* Interacts with others in a professional manner; avoids idle conversation that excludes patients and visitors.
* d.
* Includes all in telephone greeting, i.e., Greeting, Department, Name, 'May I help you?'
* e.
* Demonstrates concern for confidentiality of patient information.
* f.
* Demonstrates positive and caring attitude when dealing with others.
* g.
* Responds to customer complaints in a non-defensive and timely manner.

What Does A Dialysis Technician Do At Lancaster General Health

* Provides appropriate basic physical care to patients as designated/directed by the RN including taking vital signs and other procedures.
* Observes and reports unusual situations, reactions, effects, or conditions to appropriate person.
* Demonstrates awareness of patients' potential need for dialysis interventions and knowledge and awareness of potential side effects from the dialysis procedure including prompt reporting of the observation to the RN.
* Perform appropriate Dialysis functions which may include the following, but not limited to:
* Sets up the dialysis machine and attaches the dialyzer and the tubing to the machine to assemble for us.
* May potentially mix dialysate according to formula.
* Primes the dialyzer with appropriate solutions to prepare machine for use.
* Transports patients to dialysis as appropriate and position patients appropriately.
* Inspects equipment settings, including pressures, conductivity, and temperature to ensure conformance to safety standards.
* Takes and records patients post dialysis weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration rate and document appropriately.
* Discard dialysis supplies and sanitizes equipment according to manufacturer and unit protocol.
* Communicates emotional, medical, psychosocial, and nutritional concerns to the registered nurse.
* Collaborates with the registered nurse in identifying and meeting patient education goals.
* Environment Management –
* Completes cleaning tasks utilizing OSHA standards.
* Performs maintenance and/or inventory of equipment according to unit/department standards.
* Practices standard precautions while handling contaminated items.
* Maintains unit order and efficiency.
* Maintains appearance of patient care areas and public areas.
* Maintains safe work environment
* Supply Management/Clerical –
* Orders and stocks supplies to meet the needs of the unit/department.
* Demonstrates an awareness of cost containment practices.
* Distributes supplies to appropriate areas according to unit/department standards.
* Demonstrates computer skills necessary to perform unit/department specific responsibilities.
* Depending on location may need to schedule patients and handle phone calls.
* Patient Care/Safety –
* Documents accurately and timely, according to unit/department standards
* Reports promptly unusual situations, reactions, effects or conditions related to patient care to the responsible person(s).
* Assist patients with personal hygiene needs and/or provide activities of daily living, comfort measures including changing linen, providing safe environment for mobility and ambulation, and maintaining a clean and orderly patient environment.
* Safely assist in mobilizing, turning, and positioning of patients; including use of various assistive devices and mechanical lifts.
* Demonstrates positive interpersonal skills when dealing with patients, family members and staff.
* Functions as a patient advocate by resolving patient/family concerns through appropriate actions.
* Assists with arrivals, acute set ups, transports, etc.
* Answer patient call lights independently, promptly, and to the patient’s satisfaction; referring patient concerns to the RN or Nurse Manager

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
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Assistant Director Of Nursing
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Staff Nurse Assistant Director Office Manager
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Nurse Manager
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PRN Account Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
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Registered Nurse Case Manager
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Registered Nurse Supervisor
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Site Manager
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Unit Manager
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Top Dialysis Technician Skills

  1. Dialysis Treatment
  2. Dialysis Machines
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored patients during their dialysis treatment, took regular vital signs and daily weights.
  • Set up and maintain patients on dialysis machines.
  • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs.
  • Identify the purpose and methods of obtaining laboratory specimens per the physician order and prepare the specimens for delivery to laboratory.
  • Monitor treatment tolerance and blood pressure continuously while clients are on dialysis machine.

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