Duties and Responsibilities:
Dialysis Technicians operate machines that remove waste and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer carry out their functions. Dialysis technicians are also referred to as renal dialysis technicians, hemodialysis technicians, or nephrology technicians. They work under the supervision of physicians, primarily in hospitals and clinics.
Dialysis technicians must fully understand the operation of the kidney dialysis machines. They are responsible for their operation, cleaning, and sterilization. They must also fully understand the patients’ needs. Dialysis technicians carefully monitor and record weight and vital signs before, during and after the blood cleansing procedures. Additionally, they instruct patients about in-home treatments. Because dialysis technicians work with blood, they must exercise strict safety precautions against infectious diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS.