The Dialysis Technician is highly trained to perform as a team in a dialysis facility or where needed and in the blood Lab or Clinic. The technician in professionally trained to maintain the equipment according to regulation, but also in the procedures of hemodialysis of patients in kidney failure or insufficiency. The program is designed to meet both the required academic and clinical experience needed for the student to succeed in passing the course and prepared to take a national certification exam. Our goal is to prepare the Dialysis Technician to give safe and expert hemodialysis to the community by working in hemodialysis clinics, hospital bedside hemodialysis and home care hemodialysis. This course will also prepare the student to function efficiently as a Phlebotomist with the ability to perform venipuncture in order to obtain specimens and to properly handle and process laboratory specimens.
|DYLT 1 01||Introduction & the Persons with Kidney Failure||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total|
|As a patient care technician, a technician’s job is to help patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) receive safe and effective dialysis. To do this well, a student must learn what dialysis is, how it was developed, how to ensure high-quality care for patients, and how to perform and carry out your duties in a professional manner. We cover all of these topics in this course. The goal of caring for people with kidney failure is to help each one reach the highest level of health possible. As you go about your work, keep in mind that your patients have one thing in common, kidneys that don’t work. Aside from that, each one is an individual with his or her own knowledge level, interests, and preferred ways to do things. Having respect for each person will help you provide the best care for all of your patients. As a technician, the technician is the eyes and ears of the care team, the person in the closest contact with each patient. This means technicians are in a unique position to learn about patients and share vital insights with the team that can help improve care. Patients will also ask you questions and expect technicians to know the answers or refer them to a staff person who can help. To take on this role, students need to understand kidney disease, its causes and consequences, treatment options, and much more.|
|DYLT 102||Principles of Dialysis & Devices||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total|
|Hemodialysis may seem complex, but it is based on simple scientific principles. This module will help the student understand these principles and how they are used in dialysis. Dialysis replaces three main kidney functions: 1. Removing wastes from the blood 2.Removing excess fluid from the blood 3.Keeping electrolytes (electrically charged particles) in balance. The student will learn how these three functions are replaced by the dialyzer. Trained staff who know dialysis principles, equipment, and procedures are the most vital monitors of patient safety. This module covers hemodialysis devices, including dialyzers, dialysate, and delivery systems. If followed carefully the student will put to practice procedures and apply the principles reviewed in this module, technicians can master the use and maintenance of each device and help deliver safe dialysis treatments.|
|In this unit, students will learn venous access to obtain blood samples. Topics include proper patient identification, appropriate physical setting and patient positioning for venipuncture, infection control, safety precautions, blood draw in special populations, skin preparation, identification of appropriate specimen tubes and their additives, order of draw, specimen handling and labeling. Students also learn dermal puncture procedures as well as potential complications with venipuncture and dermal puncture.|
|DYLT 103||Hemodialysis Vascular Access, Procedures & Complications||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total|
|In this section, the student will learn about fistulae, grafts, catheters, and other devices. The student will know definitions, assessment, and monitoring. We also cover the KDOQI guidelines, patient teaching, and complications of each type of access. Technicians have the vital task of helping patients to keep their lifelines. Proper access care and use can improve quality of life of the patients and job satisfaction for the whole care team. The student will also learn the types of patient care tasks, technical tasks, and skills needed to deliver safe and effective treatment. It goes over the processes of dialysis, from set-up through clean-up. The actions at each step from setting up the machine, to washing your hands, to putting in needles, to monitoring the treatment—affect your patients.|
|DYLT 104||Dialyzer Reprocessing & Water Treatment||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total|
|Dialyzer reprocessing is regulated by the federal and some state governments. Regulations include the standards and conditions centers must follow so reuse is as safe and effective as possible for both patients and staff. A reprocessing technician (Dialysis Technician) has the immense job of maximizing patient benefits of reuse and reducing the risks. This is done by carefully following all of the guidelines, regulations, and center procedures. This module covers the history of the reasons for reprocessing, the role of regulations and guidelines, and the steps used to reprocess dialyzers. To be safe, water to be used for dialysis must pass through a water treatment system—a series of devices, each of which takes out certain contaminants in this section the student will learn why and how water is treated before it is used for dialysis. The student will also learn the components of a water treatment system, how the system is monitored, and the common contaminants found in water.|
|Students will put into practice everything learned and demonstrate full knowledge and skills needed to perform as a Dialysis Technician safely and communicate appropriately in a safe and secured setting prior to entering the clinical externship.|
|DYLT 106||Clinical Externship||Lec||Lab||Ext||Total|
|The student will be assigned to their practical site in order to experience the daily operations of a Dialysis Technician. Students will demonstrate and productively utilize all competencies (resources, information, systems, technologies and interpersonal skill). Students will apply entry level skills, problem solving & personal qualities for securing a gainful position as a Dialysis Technician.|
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