Dialysis technician

Were you inspired to be a doctor as a child but you’re not too keen on going to medical school? Did you have someone in your life who was affected by kidney disease and you want to be able to make a difference in this area? Are you someone who is fascinated by medical technology? If you identify with any of these traits, then you should consider a career as a dialysis technician.
A dialysis technician is someone who may work with a nurse to assist a day clinic patient who is admitted to receive dialysis treatments. The technician may be required to operate the machines and prepare the patient with the connectors before the treatment begins. He/she may also be required to monitor the patient during the procedure to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.
While a formal undergraduate education is not required to become a dialysis technician, students are required to go through some training at a local community college because the nature of the job is somewhat technical. Dialysis technicians often fall under the group of healthcare technicians, professionals who are in the healthcare sector but are not nurses or doctors. Depending on their training, they may have very specific roles, operating a certain type of equipment.
Below are some of the traits and qualities which enable someone to be successful as a dialysis technician:
• Bedside manner: Patients are usually in a delicate state when they visit the clinic. Let’s face it, most of us don’t want to be in a doctor’s office or a hospital if we are doing well. As a result, dialysis technician need to be aware of their patients’ state of mind and try to make the visit as comfortable and accommodating as possible.
• Technical competency: Medical equipment need to be operated with precision just because any slight change can have a drastic effect on the patient. Thus, medical professionals, such as dialysis technicians need to be properly trained in order to administer the right treatment to the patients to prevent them from getting sicker.
• Detail oriented: No two illnesses are alike and dialysis technicians need to accurately set the machine at the right levels to administer the proper treatment. They also need to be able to monitor the progress to make sure there is no change in reaction to the treatment and document the results/changes so they will have the right information for subsequent visits.
• Basic math: Some math may be required to calculate the dosage or the right level of treatment for the patient.
• Hands-on approach: This is definitely not an administrative or office job. Dialysis technicians are required to be onsite at the clinic, working directly with the machines and the patient. They may need to use needles to connect the patient’s blood vessel to the machine in order to begin the dialysis treatment.
• Compassion: As with all medical professions, compassion towards the patients and their loved ones can make a difference in effectively handling a health issue. A patient in the right state of mind going into the treatment can positively affect the results.
For more information on the job or educational requirements for a dialysis technician, please contact your high school counselor.

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