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  • 1) Sets up and operates hemodialysis machine to provide dialysis treatment for patients with kidney failure: Attaches dialyzer and tubing to machine to assemble for use.

  • 2) Mixes dialysate, according to formula.

  • 3) Primes dialyzer with saline or heparinized solution to prepare machine for use.

  • 4) Transports patient to dialysis room and positions patient on lounge chair at hemodialysis machine.

  • 5) Takes and records patient's predialysis weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration rate.

  • 6) Explains dialysis procedure and operation of hemodialysis machine to patient before treatment to allay anxieties.

  • 7) Cleans area of access, using antiseptic solution.

  • 8) Connects hemodialysis machine to access in patient's forearm or catheter site to start blood circulating through dialyzer.

  • 9) Inspects equipment settings, including pressures, conductivity, and temperature to ensure conformance to safety standards.

  • 10) Starts blood flow pump at prescribed rate.

  • 11) Inspects venous and arterial pressures as registered on equipment to ensure pressures are within established limits.

  • 12) Calculates fluid removal or replacement to be achieved during dialysis procedure.

  • 13) Monitors patient for adverse reaction and hemodialysis machine for malfunction.

  • 14) Takes and records patient's postdialysis weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration rate.

  • 15) May fabricate parts, such as cannulas, tubing, catheters, connectors, and fittings, using handtools.


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