Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top dozen medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine.
The UWMC Kidney Dialysis department has an outstanding opportunity for a TEMPORARY/HOURLY DIALYSIS/PHERESIS TECHNICIAN (Rotating/Variable shifts). The Dialysis/Pheresis Technician prepares, assembles, operates, and monitors equipment used for dialysis and pheresis treatments; prepares dialysis solutions and concentrates; and participates in quality control on dialysis equipment.
Primary duties include:
Provide front-line Dialysis and Pheresis services: • Assemble, prepare, prime, and preset dialysis and pheresis equipment and materials in the dialysis lab and at patient bedside according to nephrology orders • Maintain current knowledge of operation procedures and maintenance of new equipment • Coordinate with Nursing Staff to determine prioritization and timeliness of procedures • Reprocess and disinfect hemodialysis equipment per policy and procedure • Aseptically dispense dialysis solution to include calculating, measuring pre-weight of dry chemicals, and verifying through chemical analysis for accuracy • Make changes in dialysis composition by compounding any additions such as potassium, calcium, urea, and magnesium • Prepare and mix bicarbonate solution for patient use • In coordination with RN, perform bedside plasmapheresis treatment; observe patient’s tolerance to plasmapheresis and report changes to physician and/or RN; make equipment adjustments to avoid adverse patient effect; adjust apparatus parameters based on patient data and conditions, control speeds for blood products collection and safe return of patient blood; administer coagulant or other additives • Participate in on-call coverage rotation for urgent dialysis set-ups outside laboratory business hours • Perform related duties as required
Staff Development: • Participate in orientation of Dialysis Pheresis Technician Trainees and other medical staff
Fiscal Responsibility: • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by assuring cost-effective delivery of quality patient care • Maintain inventory of supplies
Quality and Safety: • Participate in Quality Control and maintenance of dialysis equipment to meet manufacture, departmental, and regulatory standards. Record all maintenance, operational functions, cleaning, and cultures • Provide for a safe environment by wearing personal protective equipment while disinfecting equipment or when pouring any chemical solutions • Maintain a clean and orderly working environment • Respond accordingly to all emergency and routine troubleshooting calls from nursing personnel • Recognize and respond to acute and emergency situations (cardiac/respiratory arrest, power failure, bomb threat, fire, disaster)
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