Becoming certified as a Hemodialysis Technician gives you the ability to provide the best of care for dialysis patients. This is a huge responsibility – to give quality patient care to those who otherwise would not be able to live normal lives.

It is a simple process to become a certified clinical Hemodialysis Technician, although it takes determined application of time, skills and study.

Hemodialysis removes waste products, such as urea and potassium, from the blood. During hemodialysis, blood is removed from the patient’s body, cycled through an artificial kidney, and then returned to the patient.

The hemodialysis technician initiates hemodialysis treatment either by inserting a needle into a patient’s blood vessel or by attaching the hemodialysis tubing to a catheter in the patient’s chest. The hemodialysis technician also discontinues treatment, monitors patient status and vital signs, obtains blood samples, and documents the care provided.

The technician is responsible for equipment management, including programming, cleaning and monitoring the hemodialysis machines. The technician must also have an in-depth understanding of the facility’s water treatment system and monitors this system as part of patient safety.

Dialysis technicians are the direct caregivers for those undergoing dialysis, which sometimes occurs as frequently as three times a week for some. In addition to possessing a responsible and detail-oriented nature, technicians need to be able to understand the emotional toll the ongoing process can take on patients.

How much does a Renal Dialysis Technician make? The median annual Renal Dialysis Technician salary is $37,867, as of August 03, 2017, with a range usually between $33,511$42,917, however this can vary widely depending on a variety of factors.

Many dialysis facilities across the United States employ dialysis technicians or patient care technicians to provide the majority of direct patient care. This, combined with the increasing number of people with chronic kidney disease and renal failure, results in an ever-increasing need for hemodialysis technicians.