Becoming a Dialysis Tech is one of the most accessible fields in medicine to enter, allowing you to work in settings like hospitals and medical clinics. You’ll be working with dialysis machines and other specialized equipment designed to help patients with dysfunctional kidneys or those that have failed completely. With renal failure, or kidney disease, the excess of wastes and fluids in the blood must be removed through these dialysis machines. This requires Dialysis Techs to have a very thorough knowledge of how this equipment functions and the way it interacts with the human body. Other duties can include recording patient information, measuring vital signs, and maintaining the proper safety precautions when coming into contact with patient blood.
The amount of time spend acquiring a license to work as a Dialysis Tech is relatively short, starting with at least a high school diploma or GED, along with the proper certifications and licensing. All states have their established training programs that will allow someone to earn the title of Certified Hemodialysis Technician (CHT). This also involves certification through the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing Technology (BONENT), the National Association of Nephrology Technicians (NANT) or the National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO). Licensed technicians are also expected to complete a number of training hours of continuing education to renew their licenses every 2-4 years.
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