Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians Supervised by a nurse or physician, dialysis technicians provide service to individuals with kidney disorders. They run a dialysis machine, which acts as an artificial kidney and cleanses the patient’s blood or waste products.
While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease continues to drive the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. Before treatment, the dialysis technician weighs the patient and takes vital signs and blood samples to adjust the dosage of anticlotting medication. The technician inserts a needle (attached to tubes) into the patient’s artery and another into the limb, starts the machine, and monitors the treatment. After treatment, the technician checks the patient’s vital signs and sterilizes the equipment.
Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other medical facilities. The demand for Dialysis Technicians continues to grow and is expected to grow at a steady pace over the next several years. This high demand is on the increase due to an aging population resulting in an increase in kidney disease. While historically, this position was trained on the job, today’s employers are seeking well trained individuals that possess knowledge in the field of dialysis.