Kaiser Permanente Hemodialysis Technician in Los Angeles, California
Under general supervision of the Hemodialysis Nurse, prepare the unit for dialysis treatment, including setting up machines, quality control of equipment & troubleshooting of SPS/Redy 2000 & Cobe machines. Perform intradialysis checks, monitoring & other patient care related duties under the direct supervision of the Hemodialysis Nurse. Prepare & distribute concentrate solution. Perform supply inventory, ordering & re-stocking. Participant in QM, CQI & other unit projects. Clean & keep the unit safe & clutter free. Sterilize & clean dialysis machine & equipment. Assist in transporting patient and/or equipment. Perform other duties as assigned.
Provide therapeutic care to patients in accordance w/ treatment prescription & nursing policies, procedures, standards & schedules.
Receive patient into treatment area; perform & record weight, vital signs & all other parameters of ESRD patients per policy and/or state regulation pre & post dialysis; documents all data gathered & reports to RN.
May recommend dialysis ultra-filtration plan to RN, observe & monitor status of vascular access, initiate dialysis via approved dialysis accesses using proper cannulation techniques, & comply w/ infection control & safety measures.
Document activities appropriately.
Follows infection control policies.
Prepare dialysate per policy & procedure.
Data Collection of designated patient information.
Initiate, monitor & terminate dialysis treatment. Constant monitoring of patient.
Initiates appropriate emergency procedures & report unusual conditions.
Assist nurses & physicians as directed during routine & emergency procedures. Monitor & evaluate test readings during procedures.
Stock, distribute & maintain supplies for hemodialysis patients.
Inventory, order & restock all supplies & equipment as required in unit. Clean & restock work area.
Perform only under direction of an RN: Instruct patient in the care of vascular access, review prescription, & reinforce treatment care w/ patient
Administer quality patient care in a considerate, respectful manner at all times
Performs all functions conscientiously & in a timely manner w/in established guidelines
Set up & monitor dialysis machines & Reverse Osmosis system
Prepare dialysate according to policy & procedure.
Assist in the maintenance of dialysis equipment.
Clean & sterilize equipment using hospital-approved disinfectant.
Monitor operation of equipment for leaks, restrict flow, & pump failures.
Calibrate & adjust equipment in preparation for & during procedures.
Keep all equipment clean & operative.
Trouble shoots & performs minor equipment repair.
Perform quality control & safety checks of equipment & instruments & record findings.
Perform chemical testing & analyzing & record findings.
Document findings & report any malfunctioning equipment timely & appropriately
Operates other equipment or machine such glucometers, ph meter & various test strips for water quality testing
Clean & sterilize equipment using hospital-approved disinfectant
Performs QC of machine & document findings
Completes treatment records after each treatment according to policies & procedures
Know & comply w/ Infection Control policy & safety program
Maintain current licensure & certifications.
Know facility emergency plans & act appropriately in an emergency.
Assume other activities & responsibilities from time to time as directed.
Pay Grade: 24
One (1) year of recent experience as a Hemodialysis Technician required.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Current California Hemodialysis Technician certificate required.
Current CMS-approved national certification required.
Current BLS certification required.
Completed a hemodialysis training program that is approved by the medical director and governing body, under the direction of a registered nurse, focused on the operation of kidney dialysis equipment and machines, providing direct patient care, and communication and interpersonal skills, including patient sensitivity training and care of difficult patients.
The training program must include the following subjects: Principles of dialysis; Care of patients with kidney failure, including interpersonal skills; Dialysis procedures and documentation, including initiation, proper cannulation - techniques, monitoring, and termination of dialysis; possible complications of dialysis; Water treatment and dialysate preparation; Infection control; Safety; Dialyzer reprocessing, if applicable.
Vision Requirement: The ability to discern colors is an essential job function for persons responsible for reading color metric tests.
Water hardness test - Must be capable of distinguishing between different shades of pink and other colors.
Chloramine test - Must be capable of distinguishing between the colors of blue, purple, and red.
Cannulation skills, establishing/ cannulating buttonhole preferred.
Basic computer skills and proficiency: Word, Excel, Power point preferred.
Fluent in the written and verbal skills necessary to perform successfully the duties and responsibilities of the position.
Ability to read, speak and write English with clarity of expression sufficient to communicate technical and complex concepts to staff, patients and patient's family members in clear and easily understandable terms required.
Ability to understand clinical/medical vocabulary written or spoken in English required.
Prefer to have Tue, Thu, Sat availability for AM or PM shifts.
This is an on-call variable position, days and hours will vary.
TITLE: Hemodialysis Technician
LOCATION: Los Angeles, California
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.