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This position does not have a regular schedule and will serve as coverage for planned and unplanned absences.
Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top dozen medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine.
The UWMC Kidney Dialysis department has an outstanding opportunity for a TEMPORARY/HOURLY DIALYSIS/PHERESIS TECHNICIAN (Rotating/Variable shifts). The Dialysis/Pheresis Technician prepares, assembles, operates, and monitors equipment used for dialysis and pheresis treatments; prepares dialysis solutions and concentrates; and participates in quality control on dialysis equipment.
Primary duties include:
Provide front-line Dialysis and Pheresis services:
Assemble, prepare, prime, and preset dialysis and pheresis equipment and materials in the dialysis lab and at patient bedside according to nephrology orders
Maintain current knowledge of operation procedures and maintenance of new equipment
Coordinate with Nursing Staff to determine prioritization and timeliness of procedures
Reprocess and disinfect hemodialysis equipment per policy and procedure
Aseptically dispense dialysis solution to include calculating, measuring pre-weight of dry chemicals, and verifying through chemical analysis for accuracy
Make changes in dialysis composition by compounding any additions such as potassium, calcium, urea, and magnesium
Prepare and mix bicarbonate solution for patient use
In coordination with RN, perform bedside plasmapheresis treatment; observe patient's tolerance to plasmapheresis and report changes to physician and/or RN; make equipment adjustments to avoid adverse patient effect; adjust apparatus parameters based on patient data and conditions, control speeds for blood products collection and safe return of patient blood; administer coagulant or other additives
Participate in on-call coverage rotation for urgent dialysis set-ups outside laboratory business hours
Perform related duties as required
Participate in orientation of Dialysis Pheresis Technician Trainees and other medical staff
Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by assuring cost-effective delivery of quality patient care
Maintain inventory of supplies
Quality and Safety:
Participate in Quality Control and maintenance of dialysis equipment to meet manufacture, departmental, and regulatory standards. Record all maintenance, operational functions, cleaning, and cultures
Provide for a safe environment by wearing personal protective equipment while disinfecting equipment or when pouring any chemical solutions
Maintain a clean and orderly working environment
Respond accordingly to all emergency and routine troubleshooting calls from nursing personnel
Recognize and respond to acute and emergency situations (cardiac/respiratory arrest, power failure, bomb threat, fire, disaster)
An Associate's Degree with emphasis in chemistry, biology, or medical sciences AND two years experience in a medical laboratory to include one year in a dialysis/pheresis laboratory at the level of Dialysis/Pheresis Technician Trainee OR equivalent education/experience.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.