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Become A Hemodialysis Technician

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Working As A Hemodialysis Technician

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $38,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Hemodialysis 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.
* T** akes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner.
* PATIENT CARE:
* 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 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.
* MAINTENANCE/TECHNICAL:
* 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.
* CLERICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE:
* Complete and document ongoing participation in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
* Enter 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.
* OTHER** :
* Perform additional duties as assigned

What Does A Hemodialysis Technician Do At Northwell Health

* Sets-up and operates kidney dialysis machine, under the direct supervision of an RN.
* Verifies the machines’ conductivity with an external conductivity meter and checks dialysate PH and temperature.
* Checks water treatment system’s total chlorine and records results on the log.
* Reports readings of >0
* ppm to the Registered Nurse.
* Logs water hardness as per policy.
* Monitors patient’s vital signs and dialysis machine readings during dialysis and reports abnormal findings to the Registered Nurse.
* Adheres to infection control policies.
* Mixes bicarbonate dialysis and places the system in DI bypass if the R/O is in a fault condition.
* Records resistivity meter readings.
* Assists RN in providing nursing care to patients.
* Draws and prepares blood specimens for transport to laboratory or shipment to transplant center.
* Uses dialysis clinical information system to document patient’s treatment on hemodialysis flow sheet.
* Keeps hard copy records as necessary.
* Performs related duties, as required

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How To Become A Hemodialysis Technician

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

Education

An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.

Advancement

After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Hemodialysis Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    76.7%
  • Male

    21.3%
  • Unknown

    1.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.2%
  • Asian

    6.3%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    62.5%
  • Filipino

    12.5%
  • Portuguese

    4.2%
  • Hawaiian

    4.2%
  • German

    4.2%
  • French

    4.2%
  • Dari

    4.2%
  • Italian

    4.2%
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Top Skills for A Hemodialysis Technician

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Top Hemodialysis Technician Skills

  1. Dialysis Machines
  2. Dialysis Treatment
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained new employee in how to set up dialysis machines, monitor patients during dialysis.
  • Initiate, monitor and terminate dialysis treatment and reporting any changes to Primary RN.
  • Monitored vital signs with emphasis on maintaining blood pressure stability to ensure the health of patient.
  • Provide direct patient care for assigned patients under direct supervision of a licensed nurse.
  • Weigh patient, take temperature and blood pressure pre and post dialysis.

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