Dialysis Technician Job DescriptionDialysis technicians assist people with
kidney failure. Dialysis technicians have multiple roles, which include dialyzer reprocessing, equipment
maintenance and repair, water treatment monitoring, participation in
quality improvement, vascular access monitoring and direct patient care. Dialysis Technicians work primarily in hospitals,
outpatient clinics or in home dialysis settings. They may also have titles of dialysis tech,renal dialysis technician, hemodialysis technician, and nephrology
A dialysis technician job description includes preparing patients and operating equipment that
performs the function of kidneys. The dialysis equipment filters out
waster and toxins from the blood. Dialysis
Technicians work under the supervision of a nurse or physician.
Dialysis technician job duties include but are not limited to:
- preparing the patient by explaining the process and
record vital statistics
- preparing the dialysis machine by making sure it is
clean and sterile
- preparing dialysis solutions
- obtaining and documenting pre-dialysis vital signs, weight, and temperature.
- inspecting a patient's dialysis access
- administering local
anesthesia, inserts needles
- connecting patient to the machine and initiating dialysis according to unit
protocol and patient prescription
- documenting treatment parameters and communicates patient condition and issues
- measuring and adjusting blood flow rates according to established protocols and prescription
- monitoring the patient during the procedure
- discontinuing dialysis and establishing hemostasis following unit
- inspecting, cleaning, and dressing access according to unit
records after the procedure, obtaining and recording post-dialysis vital signs, temperature, and weight
- discarding dialysis supplies and sanitizing equipment according to manufacturer and unit protocol
- communicating emotional, medical, psychosocial, and nutritional concerns to the registered nurse
Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Dialysis," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dialysis&oldid=456618039
(3) Renal Career Fact Sheet - Dialysis Technician, http://www.kidney.org/professionals/cnnt/techcnnt.cfm
This site is intended only for informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional guidance.
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