Dialysis Technicians


Overview

Dialysis Technicians

Introduction

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 ...

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Median Salary

$40,101

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Previous experience in a patient-care setting and/or on-the-job t


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Earnings for dialysis technicians are dependent on such factors as their job performance, responsibilities, locality, and length of service. Some employers pay higher salaries to certified technicians than to those who are not certified. According to Salary.com, renal dialysis technicians earned an average of $40,101 in October 2019. The lowest paid 10 percent earned $35,482 or les...

Work Environment

Dialysis technicians most often work in a hospital or special dialysis centers. The work environment is usually a clean and comfortable patient-care setting. Some technicians are qualified to administer dialysis in patients' homes, and their jobs may require local travel. Patients who use dialysis at home need education, assistance, and monitoring. Also, technicians may have to take care of pat...

Outlook

There should continue to be a need for dialysis technicians in the future as the number of people with kidney disease and failure increases. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) reports that 37 million U.S. adults—about one in seven people—have chronic kidney disease. The principal causes of kidney failure, according to the NKF, are diabetes and high blood pressure. Those with kidney failure mu...

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