Dialysis Technicians

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Dialysis technicians, also called nephrology technicians or renal dialysis technicians, set up and operate hemodialysis artificial kidney machines for patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). CRF is a condition where the kidneys cease to function normally. Many people, especially diabetics or people who suffer from undetected high blood pressure, develop this condition. These patients require hemodialysis to sustain their lives. In hemodialysis the patient's blood is circulated through the dialysis machine, which filters out impurities, wastes, and excess fluids from the blood. The cleaned blood is then returned to the body. Dialysis technicians also maintain and repair this equipment as well as help educate the patient and family about dialysis.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Nephrology Technicians, Renal Dialysis Technicians
Duties Take patients' height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature; prepare patients for dialysis; monitor dialysis procedure and respond to patient emergencies during treatment; maintain and repair dialysis machines
Salary Range $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major metropolitan areas; some smaller cities may have opportunities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Previous experience in a patient-care setting and/or on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nephrology Nurse
  • Dialysis Supervisor
  • Dialysis Technologist
  • Dialysis Technician
  • Dialysis Technician Trainee

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