Hemodialysis Technician Course Descriptions

 

HEM101 Hemodialysis Technology 1
Introduces renal replacement therapy for persons with end stage renal disease. Identifies normal kidney functions, causes of renal failure, and options for renal replacement therapy, as well as the specific requirements for hemodialysis and the responsibilities of the hemodialysis technician. Covers machine set up and preparation, collection of specific patient information, and monitoring of the patient during the treatment. Explores the role of the hemodialysis technician in relation to the patient, and the professional team, including documentation and professional behaviors and communication. Focuses on the clinical environment for delivery of hemodialysis. Emphasizes preparation of dialysate and the functions of water and water treatment in the hemodialysis procedure. Introduces treatments medications with a focus on medications used in machine preparation. Expands patient monitoring to include dialysate and extracorporeal circuit and water monitoring. Includes preparation of the access site without needle insertion or catheter attachment. Develops an understanding of the process of determining treatment goals and providing the prescribed treatment. Also discusses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA). Prerequisite: Admission to Hemodialysis Technician Program; and proof of current health care provider first aid/CPR certification; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
13 Credits

HEM102 Hemodialysis Technology 2
Focuses on safety and infection control in response to alarms, urgent, and emergent changes in patient's condition. Integrates the knowledge of the hemodialysis patient and the treatment process to deliver a hemodialysis treatment plan for an assigned patient(s). Recognizes complications during a hemodialysis treatment and makes appropriate responses. Identifies the purpose of specific laboratory tests, including accurate acquisition of the specimens. Focuses on safety and infection control with the machine, water culturing, and disinfection. Examines the effects of renal failure on all body systems, and the emotional and social effects of renal failure for patients and their families. Covers documentation requirements that include adverse occurrence reporting and the patient "plan of care." Applies understanding of vascular access, quality standards, CQI, and dialysis reimbursement. Includes identification of the roles of dialysis team members; professional standards and certification; professional boundaries; communication with physicians, NPs, and PAs; and state and federal guidelines related to the industry. Prerequisite: HEM101 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
13 Credits