A certified hemodialysis technician performs several tasks necessary to complete the dialysis for a medical patient. A certified hemodialysis technician works under the direction of a licensed nurse to perform the variety of technical procedures for the patient's dialysis. The hemodialysis technician often helps patients climb into any necessary machines and makes any necessary connections while causing minimal discomfort to the patient. The hemodialysis technician also addresses any questions or concerns that the patient or their loved ones may have related to equipment. After the patient is secure, the hemodialysis technician operates the dialysis machinery and ensures continued patient comfort. After the dialysis process is complete, the hemodialysis technician helps the patient exit the dialysis machine and escorts them into the care of another healthcare professional.
In all tasks, the technician must follow policies and procedures established by the facility's guidelines. They also must be patient-oriented and committed to providing an exceptional level of care. These individuals generally work in a health care setting, and their shifts may vary based on the needs of the facility.
Most certified hemodialysis technicians hold a high school diploma or equivalent. Certification - including the completion of a hemodialysis training program - is also required, and the technician must receive continuing education to maintain certification. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required for this position as well.