Dialysis Technician: Education, Requirement and Career

By VIVO Healthcare | 9th February 2015 10:02 AM |

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Renal Failure is a medical condition in which both the Kidneys (natural human body filter) fails to properly filter the blood. Majorly, Renal Failure is classified into 2 categories based on its severity:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases

For people suffering from either of two above mentioned problems, dialysis or hemodialysis makes a huge difference. Their well being is solely dependent upon people called Dialysis Technician. Also known as hemodialysis or nephrology technicians are healthcare providers who administer the process of dialysis through out the day. A proper cycle of dialysis ensures the proper cleansing of blood.

Dialysis technician works under nephrology doctors and helps then with other things like preparing patient for process, give local anesthesia, monitor patients’ progress and create written reports for the doctor.  Without proper cleansing of blood, the body starts getting toxicated and people with renal failure are under the risk of life and death.

Job Description of Dialysis Technician

  • Performing dialysis on patients with kidney disorders or whose kidneys are not able to work properly to remove excess waste from their blood.
  • Prepping patients prior to the procedure and then giving patients care after the procedure.
  • Making certain that the dialysis machine is operating properly and the procedure is going smoothly.
  • Ensuring proper functioning of dialysis machine.

Work Environment

Dialysis technicians are mostly employed at hospital or public healthcare institutions/organizations but sometimes they can also be also be asked to work at patient’s personal home. Their work timings may vary on several factors, extending their work timing. Those who work in 24-hour hospitals and clinics may have to work some evenings and weekends.

Education

Apart from having a minimum of high school degree (10+2), working as dialysis technician requires additional training of dialysis equipment, process and knowledge of different cases. These course can be done in different manners i.e., vocational course, curriculum course or part time course to help the student understand renal disease, body chemistry and hemodialysis procedures. Duration of course may vary from 6-18 months based on hours covered every day, topics covered and practical internship. Dialysis Technicians are also taught to work on various other aspects of emergency handling like performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or working with Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Training

Dialysis technicians are trained under supervision of experienced and licensed doctors/nurse to familiarize with dialysis process, machine and other complexity or working on patients.

Licensing and/or Certification  zx

Different governing body works in different countries to set guidelines for Dialysis Technician certification or licensing. The guidelines may vary based on different factors.

Necessary Skills and Qualities

Working as dialysis technician works closely with the patients who are not well and may or may not multiple physical restrictions which makes compassion and empathy an essential quality for being fit for the profession. Apart from mental strength, they are also required to work long hours standing, move patients, operate machines and equipment manually. They are also required to work on every detailed aspect of patient’s health and communicate with them.

Opportunities for Advancement and Salary

Based on their experience and technical knowledge, they can grow to the post of head technician. Dialysis technicians can also enhance their expertise with some advanced courses for nursing and get a better pay scale.

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