The Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) provides Patient Care Services in the Dialysis and Nephrology units at the Bay Pines VA. The Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) is a member of the nursing team and functions as a Technician In the Hemodialysis Unit. He/She is expected to possess considerable knowledge and understanding of all types of required hemodialysis treatments, equipment, systems, and minor troubleshooting techniques in order to operate and monitor dialysis delivery systems for chronic and acute (non-ICU) patients and perform and monitor machine and water system maintenance. Major duties including, but is not limited to: Operates and monitors dialysis system for chronic and acutely ill, but stable non-ICU patients. Operates and maintains dialysis delivery systems, equipment and water systems to ensure adequate functioning and patient safety. Ensures that dialysis equipment is in proper working order and that technical staff has performed proper maintenance. Assists and oversees technicians in making equipment adjustments. Knowledgeable of the American Association of Medical Instruments (AAMI) standards and unit policies as they relate to water treatment, cell counts and disinfection. Completes assignments in a timely manner; displays sensitivity to the age related needs of all patients. Performs appropriate disinfection of the bicarbonate system daily, in addition to utilizing ozone disinfection weekly. Corrects minor equipment malfunctioning, coordinating with manufactures via telephone in emergencies; assists and oversees technicians in making equipment adjustments. Employs proper body mechanics and the safe use of equipment in the care of all patients. Demonstrates knowledge, skill and ability to recognize and respond appropriately to emergency situations and uses knowledge in working effectively with patients, family and other staff members. Employs therapeutic and effective communication skills relating to patients, staff, and visitors. Assumes the responsibility for maintaining all aspects of safety including proper body mechanics, substance adherence to isolation precautions and the overall cleanliness of the unit. Performs machine disinfection at the end of the day and assures unit is operational for the next day. Performs monthly water and dialysate collections per AAMI Standards. Perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Saturday, 8am - 4:30pm (40 hrs) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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