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Dialysis Technician


  1. Assess the patient as to appearance, weight, blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and general well being. Report any abnormal findings to the Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Physician, to include the following: Elevated temperature, weight of over 4 kg, weight loss, systolic blood pressure over 200, diastolic blood pressure over 100, pulse over 100 or under 60, or any findings of a patient to have bleeding, chest pain, redness, tenderness or swelling of access, any findings of nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, infection, falls, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and shortness of breath.

  2. Draws blood work that is ordered when necessary from arterial or venous blood line.

  3. Initiates dialysis treatment following the standing orders for each individual patient.

  4. Calculates ultra filtration pressure required to obtain desire patient fluid loss based on ordered dry weight. Confers with Registered Nurse regarding normal saline replacement.

  5. Monitors patient’s condition during treatment. Records blood pressures, pulse, and subjective finding on data flow sheet and/or computer. Confer with R.N. and physician regarding patient care.

  6. Maintains a clean, comfortable, safe environment for the patient.

  7. Administers 150cc normal saline if patient’s blood pressure drops or patient becomes symptomatic. Confers with Registered Nurse and/or physician.

  8. Keeps dialysis equipment under constant observation during treatment and evaluates that equipment is operating properly. Reports all equipment malfunctions to machine technicians.

  9. Terminates patients treatments as per procedure, administering normal saline on rinse back.

  10. Removes patient needles, assures proper clotting of access and bandages access according to proper technique.

  11. Evaluates patient’s condition, using vital signs, fluid status, access appearance and general condition.  

  12. Recording flow sheet data onto the patient data sheet and filing the flow sheet in patient chart.

  13. Acknowledges patient request and patient feelings, shows respect for the patient and family.

  14. Adheres to and enforces all policy and procedures as they pertain to Infection control and Safety.

  15. A good working knowledge of equipment in the Dialysis unit, can start RO system and log machine functions. Reports any malfunctions to Registered nurse and or Machine Technicians.

  16. Sets up equipment and primes Dialyzer in reference to unit procedures.

  17. Cleans Dialysis equipment at the completion of each dialysis treatment.

  18. Disinfects dialysis equipment according to established procedures.

  19. Performs all other tasks as needed, e.g. stock shelves, drawers, cleans up work area assigned.


  • Demonstrates ability and competence as a Dialysis Technician and is certified by the state of California.

  • Current CPR certifications

  • Demonstrates understanding of Hemodialysis, theory, methods and care of dialysis patients.

  • Successfully passes Standardized National Certification Examination by April 2010.

  • Must possess a high school diploma

  • Preferably has experience in healthcare related field or educated in a health related field.

  • Has received job training as a dialysis technician and is certified by the State of California and/or National Certification Examination

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