Scope of Dialysis Technician in India

By VIVO Healthcare | 10th October 2016 5:11 AM |

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Dialysis Technician makes the difference between life and death for those who suffer from renal failure. Last stage kidney diseases cases in India are estimated to 1.5 to 1.7 lacs every year. While the number Indian diabetics are predicted to hit 101 million by 2030, Dialysis Technicians are in great demand.

What is dialysis technology?

In a healthy human body, kidneys are responsible for purifying the blood. As long as kidneys perform, there is no need for a patient to use dialysis treatment.

“Dialysis is a medical procedure that acts as an artificial kidney, which removes waste products and extra fluids from blood, when kidney failure is caused due to some disease.”

Due to kidney failure and certain medical conditions (damaged kidneys and other diseases), kidneys become unable to carry out this purification process. This is when dialysis process comes into picture.

When kidneys can no longer clean toxins from the blood, a dialysis machine — and a technician to operate it — can step in, to perform the purification of blood artificially.

What a dialysis technician does?

Dialysis technicians are trained to perform dialysis on patients who are suffering from kidney disorders and need treatment to remove excess waste from their blood. They will function in multiple roles, from equipment repair and maintenance, to water treatment monitoring, to dialyzer reprocessing, vascular access monitoring as well as direct patient care. Dialysis technician will need to assist their patients with any physical or mental concerns they may have before, during or after the procedure.

Dialysis Technician Duties

  • Keep patient’s records
  • Taking blood pressure
  • Checking patient’s weight
  • Inspect and maintain hemodialysis machine before, during and after the procedures
  • Fluid removal rate calculations and adjustments
  • Create patient records before, during and after each procedure
  • Adjust machine parameters time to time as per the needs of patient
  • Will do the cannulation for taking out blood from patient to the machine
  • Can set up the required machine like CRRT, Plasma Pharisees, Charcoal perfusion etc.
  • Will prepare Dialyzing solution as per the requirement of the patient
  • Inform nurse or physician of changes in patient condition
  • Ready to perform certain medical emergency procedures instantaneously, such as CPR during an event, such as a patient going into cardiac arrest
  • Blood flow rate measurements and adjustments
  • Will ensure the sterility of every procedure and unit itself
  • Will maintain the logbook of all the equipment and R.O Machine

Working Condition

The dialysis technician works in various institutions, organizations or agencies, which are usually in the public or private system. So, dialysis technician jobs can be encountered in the healthcare system in places like hospitals, clinics and many other centers, which are outside the hospital’s borders too.

Their schedule might consist of evening, night, weekend, and holiday hours because hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some dialysis technicians work in medical clinics that offer dialysis treatments. Their schedules will likely be regular business hours with the possibility of evenings and weekends depending on the operating hours of the facility. Less frequently, dialysis technicians travel to patients’ homes to give them dialysis. Those employed in this area will likely have a schedule based on the needs of their patients.

What the course of dialysis technician is all about?

Dialysis Technician course in India is available at VIVO Healthcare, Asia’s leading healthcare training and education company. The course is of 12 months. The course description for the course is given as below:

  • Anatomy & physiology of human body
  • Detailed renal anatomy & Physiology
  • Renal failure & management
  • History & introduction of Hemodialysis
  • Scientific principles & practice of Hemodialysis
  • Vascular access for Hemodialysis
  • Anticoagulation in Hemodialysis
  • The Dialyzer-Artificial kidney
  • Dialysate composition
  • Water treatment for Hemodialysis
  • Complications of Hemodialysis & management
  • Infection control in Hemodialysis
  • Dialysis for ARF & Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Extra corporeal detoxification
  • Care of patients on HD
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Introduction to Urea Kinetic Modeling
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Dialysis Unit management

Highlights

  • Theory + Simulation: 800 Hours
  • Clinical Internship: 800 Hours
  • Eligibility: 10+2
  • Duration: 1600 Hours/12 Months
  • Certification: VIVO healthcare/HSSC
  • After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • Blood access and vascular cannulation
    • Operate all the machines/ equipment according to Nephrologist’s order
    • Monitor the patient and machine and response to various alarms during the procedure
    • Terminate a HD session and disconnect the patient from the machine
    • Operate dialyzer re-processer

    What all job opportunities available for dialysis technician?

    The job opportunities for a dialysis technician are endless, this leading to a great job growth due to the essence of this job and the number of demanding that are constantly growing over the years. The future in this field for a dialysis technician looks bright since the number of demands can easily be influenced by the area in which you are working. The jobs possibilities are plenty, and there is a wide range where you can choose from throughout the country.

    Dialysis technician may find a job at hospitals (government or private), clinics or healthcare setups offering dialysis treatment. Usually they work in a team, under the supervision of qualified doctors and nurses.

    What is the starting salary for a dialysis technician?

    Starting salary depends on factors like- job location, profile of the employer and job profile. Dialysis Technician may earn anywhere between 8,000 – 14,000 Rupees per month (at start).

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