The Columbia VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for the position of Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) for the Acute Service. Duties include, but are not limited to: Functions as a member of the Hemodialysis nursing care team and assist higher graded MITs, licensed nursing staff, and other members of the care team in the care of patients/residents receiving outpatient care, home or community living care, or other patients/residents who are in acute, sub-acute, or chronic states of illness. Considers all characteristics of the individual, including age and life stages, state of health, race and culture, values, and previous experiences. Uses personal protection equipment (PPE) and lifting devices and operates patient care equipment according to standards and reports unsafe conditions/equipment. Exercise careful work habits and caution to assure a safe environment for patients, visitors, and other staff members as well as self. Maintains patient confidentiality (i.e., records, hospital course, treatments, etc. Accepts and carries out instructions from Supervisor. Treats all patients, families, co-workers and all customers with dignity, respect, and civility. Exercise careful work habits and caution to assure a safe environment for patients, visitors, and other staff members as well as self Operate and monitor kidney dialysis instruments to provide dialysis treatment to patients with kidney failure or to maintain patients with irreversible kidney disorders Knowledge of physiological and psychological changes and conditions related to end stage renal disease. Demonstrates the skills to set, operate, and disinfect all routine dialysis equipment used in this setting for unit or off unit treatments. Verifies dialysis equipment calibrations and performs calibrations on Phoenix and Myron meter as necessary to assure accurate test results. Consistently performs and interprets tests results for dialysate chemistries and water treatment systems for both main and portable units. Demonstrates the ability to analyze deviations from the expected norms and responds appropriately. Promptly reports all deviations to nurse manager and/or the charge nurse. Is knowledgeable of American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards as they relate to RO water/dialysate quality, colony counts and actions to take if the results are out of range of expected values. Able to assist with the process to collecting water and dialysate samples, including laboratory entry, labeling and processing according to unit policy. Consistently and accurately calculates dialysis baths according to physician's orders such by utilizing such additives as calcium and potassium. Consistently verifies amount(s) with the RN and records process according to unit policy. Performs routine cannulation on patients with established grafts and fistulas and initiates dialysis assuring that patient pre dialysis observations have been done and recorded. Monitors dialysis treatments assuring proper documentation of treatment process and terminates treatment as per unit policy. Assures that all treatment deviations are promptly reported to the charge nurse or the supervisor. Maintains appropriate levels of supplies and rotates stock according to expiration dates. Notifies appropriate personnel when stock levels are low. Knowledge of Heart saver AED (HS AED) or Basic Life Support (BLS) Provides complete personal hygiene needs. Tums and repositions patients to maintain proper body alignment, lifts, ambulates, and transfers patients. Performs glucometer testing and documents in CPRSn) Cleans reusable medical equipment on the unit and maintains a neat and orderly patient care environment. Performs other duties as assigned by management. Work Schedule: 4:00 am - 2:30 pm or 6:00 am - 4:30 pm (subject to changed based on agency needs) Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis)/PD01321A and PD01321A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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