The Lead Hemodialysis Technician serves as a member of a dialysis team performing dialysis on acutely ill patients including those within an intensive care setting. Assist in the training of patients for home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis/self-care, and act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded hemodialysis technicians. Activates the water treatment systems used to provide purified water for patients use in accordance with AAMI standards. Assuring that all pressure gauges on the reverse osmosis are registering properly and the deionization tanks are producing water in excess of one million ohms specific resistance. Advise physician and nurse of problems and make suggestions how to correct the problems. Is responsible for checking the water systems for chemical contamination such as chlorine, chloramines, water hardness, pH level, bacteriological contamination. Check the pressure holding test for each individual machine. Test each function of the machine for alarm parameters. Check the electrolyte concentration on digital display as well as conductivity meter. Make entries into the patient's medical record in order to document the dialysis machine is ready for patient use. Prepare dialyzers for reuse by flushing the blood out of the dialyzer using RO/DI water. Connect the dialyzer Reprocessing System for processing. Enter the dialyzer bar code into the computer and activate the cycle. Monitor the different cleaning cycles to ensure the dialyzer is being properly processed. Ensure new bar-code match previous bar code. Attach reuse data sheet to the dialyzer for patient's chart. Dialyzers are placed in the incubator at l09 degree F for period of not less than 24 hours. Maintains sophisticated equipment (such as micro processed controlled dialyzer reprocessing machines and high ultrafiltration machines) their use of built-in diagnostic routines and measured performance. Restores equipment to proper operation when malfunctions are detected. Must frequently make repairs on an emergency situation. Connect the reprocessed dialyzer to the dialysis machine and set the dialysate flow and negative pressures at the proper setting. Circulate normal saline thru the dialyzer to remove any excess air from the dialyzer and blood tubing set. All tubing must be checked to ensure proper placement in the blood pump and monitors. Dialyzer will be released to nursing personnel after the electrolytes in the dialysate have been checked for proper formulation. Prepare monthly reports for the supervisor regarding all equipment maintenance and repair by use of the computer. Prepare sterilization solution (such as Clorox and Renalin) at various dilutions for water systems and dialysis equipment. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday; Based on the needs of the service (the specific tours of duty will be discussed during the interview). May require overtime work, shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to include day shift, night shift, weekends, and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
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