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The National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) recognizes three types of dialysis technicians: patient care technicians, biomedical equipment technicians, dialyzer reprocessing technicians. Dialysis patient care technicians are responsible for preparing the patient for dialysis, monitoring the procedure, and responding to any emergencies that occur during the treatment. Before dialysis, the technician measures the patient's vital signs (including weight, pulse, blood pressure, and temperature) and obtains blood samples and specimens as required. The technician then inserts tubes into access routes, such as a vein or a catheter, which will exchange blood between the patient and the artificial kidney machine throughout the dialysis session.