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Veterinary Technician Schools

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Congratulations on the choice to become a veterinary technician. The veterinary technician career is expanding quickly and veterinary technician schools are always looking for new students. Overall, veterinary technician is a great career option. Veterinary technician salary is very good and training programs are not very long. Finding a veterinary technician school that’s perfect for you can sometimes be frustrating. We hope the information below will help you make a more informed choice!

Veterinary Technician Salary

veterinary-technician-salaryAccording to the BLS, the median veterinary technician pay $14.56 per hour, or approximately $30,290 per year. Pay is based on a variety of factors. The most common factors include education, experience and location.

By completing a veterinary technician training program you will be prepared to earn this competitive salary.

Training Programs

Most veterinary technician training programs require an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. There are other programs that may require more or less training. The organization that monitors certifications and licenses for veterinary technicians is different in each state. It’s important to request information from each veterinary technician program and inquire about the services they offer.

Job Outlook

veterinary-technician-jobsThe veterinary technician occupation is experiencing rapid growth. The BLS estimates that veterinary technician jobs will grow by 30%, creating more than 33,000 new veterinary technician jobs over the next decade.

Now is the perfect time to request information from top veterinary technician schools!

Phlebotomy Certification

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A phlebotomist is a medical professional that has been certified and trained in the procedure of extracting blood from patients and donors.  Before you can start working as a phlebotomist, you must complete the phlebotomy certification process.  Phlebotomy courses are short, pay is very competitive, and future job market is positive.  Today is the perfect time to start your health care career as a phlebotomist!

Why Become a Phlebotomist?

Fast Training Courses. The majority of phlebotomy certification programs can be completed in several months.  This means you can begin working and earning an income immediately!

Competitive Wages. You won’t be wealthy working as a phlebotomy technician.  But you can start making a good steady income very quickly.  Also, many phlebotomists go on to become nursing or medical professionals.

Positive Future Job Outlook. Many medical and healthcare related jobs are growing quickly.  As a phlebotomy technician you have job security for the future.  Becoming a phlebotomy technician is an excellent long term choice.

Phlebotomy Salary

Average Phlebotomy Technician SalaryAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median phlebotomy salary is $29,730 per year, or about $14 per hour.  Salary can be affected by several different factors. The usual factors that affect phlebotomy salary are experience, education and location.

Top Paying States

These are the top 5 states with the highest phlebotomist salary:

  1. Alaska – $38,540
  2. District of Columbia – $37,820
  3. New York – $37,790
  4. California – $37,770
  5. Maryland – $37,190

Phlebotomy Jobs

Phelbotomy Jobs OutlookHealthcare jobs are expanding rapidly and the phlebotomy occupation is no different.  The BLS expects phlebotomy jobs to increase by 27% over the next ten years.  This could result in thousands of new phlebotomy jobs in your area!

Richmond Community College Seeks $1.8M from County

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Source: Your Daily Journal

Richmond Community CollegeHAMLET — Richmond Community College trustees approved its budget requests from Richmond and Scotland counties’ governments and learned details of an upcoming open house and anniversary gala during the board’s Tuesday meeting held at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.

RCC’s request for funding from Richmond County is in line with what the college has requested in the past, which helps offset operation costs. The request for funding from Scotland County is down this year due to last month’s decision by RCC’s board to no longer offer classes in the Purcell Building in Laurinburg.

Richmond Community College is seeking $1,869,233 from Richmond County and $281,407 from Scotland County, college officials said Monday.

OPEN HOUSE

Board members were given details about an open house scheduled for April 21 on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet where attendees will be registered to win prizes, including an iPad, season tickets to the 2015-16 DeWitt Performing Arts Series and items from the RCC Bookstore, as well as scholarships and vouchers for free classes at Richmond Community College.

“We often have people say they hear we’re doing a lot of good things at the college, but they aren’t exactly sure what good things the college can do for them,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “So as our spring semester is winding down and summer and fall semesters are on the horizon, we thought it would be a good opportunity to invite the community onto our main campus to show them exactly what all Richmond Community College has to offer. We pride ourselves in having courses available for anyone looking to improve their quality of life.”

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include guided tours of the facility, as well as information about all RCC has to offer.

ANNIVERSARY GALA

Another upcoming event board members received details about was RCC’s Anniversary Gala, which will be held April 25 at the Cole Auditorium.

Entertainment will be provided by The Boomers, a band whose performances have ranged from the ‘97 presidential inaugural ball to the 2012 NFL owners’ meeting with hundreds of wedding receptions in between. The Boomers members have been featured on national television shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Regis and Kathy Lee” and “The Rosie O’ Donnell Show,” and they were part of the ‘97 Academy of Country Music Awards house band.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are tax-deductible and begin at $1,000, which includes two tickets to the event, as well as recognition on all marketing materials. Individual tickets are being sold for $50. Proceeds from the Anniversary Gala go to RCC’s Working Scholarship, which benefits working students who don’t qualify for federal aid.

“The scholarship was created to help students who, in essence, were being punished for working because they were making too much money to qualify for federal financial aid,” McInnis said. “But they couldn’t quit working because they were having to support a family while trying to get an education.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the RCC Foundation office at 910-410-1807 or bowebb@richmondcc.edu.

DIALYSIS TECHNOLOGY

In other business, board members were given an update on one of RCC’s newest programs, dialysis technology, which began in fall 2014.

Lead instructor Robyn Davis informed the board that the first year of the program has been successful and is expected to see growth in its second year.

RCC partnered with DaVita Dialysis Center to implement the program, with students rotating through sites in Rockingham, Hamlet, Southern Pines and Pinehurst two days per week for an average of 16-24 hours of clinical time.

“Each student has a preceptor at each clinical site and performs all the duties of the dialysis technician under his or her preceptor, with the exception of cannulation,” said Davis.

During the 2015-16 school year, partnerships will be added with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Rockingham and Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, as well as DaVita sites in Red Springs and McColl, South Carolina, being added as clinical options.

“We hope to add more clinical sites to our program over the coming years and to increase enrollment each year,” said Davis.

Plans are to double the program’s enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year.

RCC’s dialysis program is a one-year degree program. Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to sit for a certification exam. Starting pay for dialysis technicians in Richmond County is about $12 per hour, with the national average for pay being more than $33,000 per year.

Richmond Community College is the only institution in the region to offer a dialysis technology program. There are currently 182 job openings for technicians in North Carolina and 106 positions in South Carolina, including 12 jobs listed within RCC’s immediate service area.

Primary employers in the Richmond and Scotland county areas are DaVita and Fresenius, both of which offer excellent benefits packages with insurance for employees, according to RCC.

For more information about the college’s dialysis technology program, call 910-410-1906.

Dialysis Technology Lifts Off with Aeronautics Software

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Peter Vincent/Imperial College London

Peter Vincent/Imperial College London

Patients with kidney failure depend on dialysis machines to replace most renal functions. A dialysis machine is responsible for filtering creatinine and urea from the blood, and moderating water content to control blood volume.

Now, aeronautic software will be used to significantly improve kidney dialysis technology, and no modest bioengineer can shrug off the achievement with “it’s not rocket science” because, well, that’s exactly what it is.

A team consisting of bioengineers, aeronautic engineers, circulatory specialist, and cardiovascular surgeons in the U.K. are using aerospace fluid-dynamic software to simulate blood flow for different arteriovenous-fistula (AVF) configurations. An AVF is necessary to increase blood flow from the patient’s arm to the dialysis machine.

Before dialysis, a vein and an artery in a patient’s arm are surgically connected to create an AVF, where blood flows directly from an artery into the vein, instead of passing through capillaries. The software, which caters specifically to a patient’s blood vessels, analyzes the shear flow for different artery curvatures and vein-artery alignments to create the optimal AVF configuration for that person. Pictures of the patient’s circulatory anatomy can be produced using ultrasound techniques.

Lowering Shear stress

AFV surgery can be problematic because the surgeon alters the trajectory of normal blood flow though the vessels. If the transition between the vein and artery is not smooth, eddies may develop, and the laminar flow becomes turbulent. Such an imperfection could cause shear stress on the blood cells during blood flow. Shear stress is a key instigator for blood clotting, so when AVF surgery goes wrong, it can sometimes result in a clot.

Shear stress on the blood cells during flow can also be triggered by an extreme curvature of the artery when connecting it to the vein. The blood cells hit the edge of the artery wall during flow, producing shear stress and possibly resulting in a clot. Furthermore, AFV configuration could affect oxygen transport.

For these reasons, surgeons require a way to predict the blood flow profile in different AVF configurations. Blood flow is also different from patient to patient. “Our ultimate aim is to use computational simulation tools to design tailored, patient-specific arteriovenous-fistulae configurations that won’t block and fail,” says Peter Vincent, a senior lecturer and fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London.

After analyzing many different AVF configurations with the aeronautic software, the team found the optimal setup for stabilizing blood flow and reducing shear. “We discovered that if an arteriovenous fistula is formed via connection of a vein onto the outside of an arterial bend, it stabilizes the flow,” says Vincent. The process has yet to be tested clinically, but so far, it seems that rocket science and bioengineering have more in common than we thought.

To learn more, read the published report in the AIP Physics of Fluids journal.

Utah Inmate Dies when Dialysis Tech Doesn’t Show

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Source: Deseret News

Inmate dies after dialysis tech doesn't show

Ramon C. Estrada, 62, died Sunday, April 5, 2015, at the Utah State Prison.

UTAH STATE PRISON — An inmate scheduled to be paroled in two weeks died Sunday after a medical contractor responsible for performing his dialysis treatments failed to show up at the prison on Friday and Saturday.

Ramon C. Estrada, 62, died from apparent cardiac arrest that was the result of kidney failure, according to a statement from the Utah Department of Corrections. His body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death.

“A preliminary review indicates that the lack of dialysis treatment could be a contributing factor in Estrada’s death,” said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Adams.

Richard Garden, the clinical services bureau director for the Department of Corrections, was placed on administrative leave while the circumstances leading to Estrada’s death are investigated.

A dialysis technician who works for University of Utah South Valley Dialysis Center, based in Sandy, “failed to show up as anticipated” at the Utah State Prison on both Friday and Saturday to provide dialysis treatment for inmates, Adams said. Estrada was to receive kidney dialysis on Friday. He died Sunday night while prison staff and others were preparing to take him to University Hospital to be treated.

Six other inmates, all men, also went without their scheduled dialysis and were taken to the hospital Sunday night. Four were admitted for an overnight stay. One man remained hospitalized Tuesday.

Adams would not comment on why the technician failed to show up or why it took prison officials until Sunday night to get treatment for the inmates.

“Obviously, we are aware that he didn’t (show up),” Adams said, but she would not say when prison officials discovered that the inmates hadn’t received their scheduled treatment.

The spokeswoman also declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Garden being placed on leave. An internal investigation is underway.

“The delayed response in ensuring that the inmates received needed medical care is unacceptable,” Adams said.

Estrada’s parole date was just two weeks away, on April 21. He was sent to prison in August of 2005 after being convicted of rape. Estrada was a citizen of Mexico.

Aside from the Department of Corrections’ internal investigation, the Unified Police Department is also investigating Estrada’s death, which is standard procedure. Lt. Justin Hoyal said his department is primarily interested in finding out Estrada’s cause of death from his autopsy.

“(Criminal culpability in Estrada’s death) is one of the things that could play into this and one of the things we will look into,” Hoyal said. “But as far as the investigation as to what took place there at the prison, as far as his medical care and what may or may not have been taken care of, is being conducted internally by prison officials.”

A spokeswoman for the University of Utah Health Care said it would also investigate the “unacceptable mistake.”

“We are saddened to learn of this prisoner’s death and are concerned about the scheduling error for dialysis services provided at the prison by University of Utah technicians. We have a responsibility to provide quality care for patients. We will now conduct a thorough review of the circumstances that led to this unacceptable mistake and will take whatever steps are necessary to improve communications and procedures,” Kathy Wilets said in a prepared statement.

Adams said several changes will be put in place at the prison “to improve communication with and oversight of the dialysis contract provider.”

“Those steps include getting a schedule calendar with contact telephone numbers for dialysis technicians; requiring nursing staff assigned to the Olympus (prison) facility to make contact with and receive post-treatment reports from the on-duty technician on dialysis days; improving chart notes about each inmate’s status and condition; and requiring timely notification to the charge nurse when the dialysis schedule changes or a technician fails to show up,” she said.

Growing Interest in CNA Programs

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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)The nursing assistant is a low-level nurse professional. Nursing assistants give basic nursing care services to residents that need help with their daily activities. Nurse assistants earn a decent salary. The job market for CNAs is extremely hopeful. The path to get certified is fast and easy. Some states don’t require nurse assistants to be certified.

Nurse Assistant Certification

In order to become certified as a CNA, most states require you to complete an approved training program. Most certified nursing assistant certification courses can be completed within 1 year. Some employers won’t require certification to begin work as a nursing assistant. Although, it’s recommended you become certified so you can stand out from other applicants who don’t have a certificate.

Nursing Assistant Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average nursing assistant salary is $24,900 per year, or approximately $12 per hour. nursing assistant salary can be affected by various factors. Some of the normal factors are education, experience and geographic location.

CNA Jobs

Perhaps the biggest concerns is that there aren’t enough nursing assistant jobs after training. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that nurse assistant jobs to increase by 21% between 2012-2022. This will generate more than 500,000 new nurse assistant.

Certified Nursing Assistant Responsibilities

Nurse assistants have a crucial role. They assist patients live an active life. CNAs assist people, usually older adults, with their day-to-day activities. Responsibilities commonly found in a CNA job description include:

  • Bathing patients.
  • Moving residents to/from bed to wheelchair.
  • Helping residents with exiting and entering vehicles.
  • Recording patients complaints and reporting them to other nursing staff.
  • Assisting residents with their prescription medication schedules.

Dialysis Technician Salary: 2013 Top Paying States and Cities

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Making Dialysis More ComfortableThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes dialysis technicians within the “health technologist and technician” occupational group.  The dialysis technician is a health technology professional that is trained to operate and maintain dialysis equipment. They work closely with patients and other health professionals to diagnose and provide services to dialysis patients.  Kidney dialysis, sometimes referred to as hemodialysis, is the process of filtering waste and excess fluid from the human blood.  Dialysis technicians complete certification courses to learn about the human body and how to use the dialysis equipment.  Dialysis technician salary is very competitive and students can begin earning a salary as a healthcare professional in less than two years.

Average Dialysis Technician Salary

In May 2013 the BLS reported that the average dialysis technician salary was $19.67 per hour, or $40,900 per year.  Just like any occupation, there are a variety of factors that can affect salary.  In general, dialysis technicians with more education and experience tend to earn more.  Also, geographic location is a major factor that can affect average salary.  Below are the states and cities that have the highest paying dialysis technician salary in the country.

Top Paying States

Top Paying States for Dialysis Technician SalaryWhen deciding whether or not to become a dialysis technician, students should consider where they plan to work after they graduate.  There are some states that have a significantly higher salary above the national average.  These were the top paying states for dialysis technician salary in 2013:

  1. Mississippi – $60,840
  2. Tennessee – $56,340
  3. Connecticut – $54,470
  4. Minnesota – $54,370
  5. New Jersey – $52,230

Top 5 Cities with Highest Dialysis Technician Salary

Highest Paying Metropolitan Areas for Dialysis Technician SalaryWhile there are some states that have an overall better average, there are small pockets within each state that have an even more extreme difference than the national average. In the case of Redding, CA, the dialysis technician salary was more than double the national average.  Here are the top 5 U.S. cities with the highest dialysis technician salary in 2013:

  1. Redding, CA – $81,910
  2. Mobile, AL – $73,220
  3. Bangor, ME – $72,400
  4. Nashville, TN – $66,010
  5. Fort Smith, AR – $64,100

Nocturnal kidney dialysis makes life easier for Michiana resident

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MICHIANA, IN – Chronic kidney disease is a growing health problem in the United States.  Chances are, it could strike someone in your family, as 26 million Americans — or one in nine people — have kidney disease. Approximately 400,000 people have dialysis every week, meaning they’re hooked up to machines that do what their kidneys can’t.

Now, a one-of-a-kind program right here in Michiana is making life easier for the many folks who need kidney dialysis just to stay alive. Darlene Wiley of South Bend suffers from diabetes. Three times a week, she spends the night at Fresenius Medical Care in South Bend for kidney dialysis.

Originally posted on WNDU Channel 16 NBC.

It’s the only center in northern Indiana offering nocturnal dialysis, which is said to be gentler on the body. Even better, patients can get the treatment while they sleep.

“If your kidneys were functioning, they would function, obviously, around the clock, 24 hours a day,” Clinical Manager Lori McIntyre explains. “Dialyzing for eight hours instead of four is essentially doubling the amount of time your generic kidney here is functioning.”

Darlene was diagnosed with diabetes in 1989 and was told two years ago that her kidneys were failing. Darlene was surprised because she felt relatively healthy, but she had noticed some changes in her body, including swelling.

While working full time, Darlene started having dialysis four hours a day, three days a week at Fresenius. She had to work the life-saving treatment around her work schedule.

“It was get up, go to work, go to dialysis, go home, get up, go to work, and then I may have a night free. But I would usually be so tired that it didn’t matter,” she explains.

It left her little time for socializing, spending time with family, or just having fun. But that’s all changed thanks to the nocturnal dialysis program offered by Fresenius.

Darlene and Lori have their nightly routine of weighing in, checking vitals, and then hooking Darlene up to the machine that acts as her artificial kidney, taking the blood in, cleansing it, and returning it to Darlene’s body.

Lori says it has given her patients their quality of life back.

Darlene has even noticed how much better she feels now that she is doing dialysis overnight.

“Nocturnal is low, long, and slow. It’s not as hard on my body,” she explains. “It’s much cleaner, my blood is much cleaner than it was before and so I actually have the energy to do something.”

“I can go in Thursday night, sleep a little Friday, and then go into work, and I have Friday night and Saturday night and all of Sunday free until I have to be here at 3, and it’s like, ‘How great is that, I have a weekend free!” Darlene says.

And Lori says other patients agree.

“The nocturnal patients really like that it’s not interfering with their lives, they don’t have to adjust their work schedule,” she explains. “We have college students who come at night to accommodate those schedules.”

Lori believes this will catch on nationwide as more doctors and patients realize that it’s not only healthier but also improves their quality of life. And she says, if you don’t think patients can sleep while getting dialysis, you’re wrong.

Like most dialysis patients, Darlene is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. The wait is usually at least four years.

Nocturnal dialysis is currently being offered at the Fresenius location in downtown South Bend. It doesn’t cost any more than daytime dialysis and is usually covered by insurance.

Fresenius Medical Care South Bend is located at 320 South Saint Joseph Street in South Bend. You can call the office at 574-246-0752 or visit their website: www.ultracare-dialysis.com

Researchers Discover Way to Reduce Inflammation During Dialysis

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A new article in Nephrology News & Issues (NNI) discusses how researches in Pennsylvania have found a way to avoid systemic inflammation common in dialysis patients.  Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection, injury or irritant.  Researches discuss how the polymers used in dialysis fluid activates the body’s immune system, resulting in inflammation.

Lead author John Lambris, PhD, the Dr. Ralph and Sallie Weaver Professor of Research Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and his colleagues have developed a drug that suppresses the immune system’s response to the dialysis fluid, reducing inflammation.

Some are worried that the drug may be dangerous because of the frequency it would be taken.  Dialysis patients often receive dialysis treatment 2-3 times a week, activating the immune system response each time.   But researches say the drug is only temporary and doesn’t affect the long term response complement. “It’s not a lasting inhibition. You start hemodialysis, you give the compound, and you inhibit during hemodialysis. After the procedure, the complement system quickly regains its full activity,” said Lambris.

When asked if the drug would be tested on animals study co-author Daniel Ricklin said, “Technical challenges make it almost impossible to perform these studies in mice or other small animals in a clinically relevant context, so you have to go to another animal model.”

Lambris and Ricklin are the inventors of patents and/or patent applications that describe the use of complement inhibitors for therapeutic purposes. Lambris is the founder of Amyndas Pharmaceuticals, which is developing complement inhibitors for clinical applications.

For the full NNI article click here.

When Does a Person Need Dialysis?

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Dialysis is the process of removing waste and excess fluid from the blood.  This process is typically handled by the kidney.  Patients who have suffered kidney damage or kidney failure lose some of this functionality.  A patient will typically need dialysis when waste products in the body become too high and they start to cause damage.  These waste products build up slowly and dialysis can help maintain safe levels.  There are several chemical levels in the blood that doctors measure to determine if you need dialysis.  Two of these are the blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level and the creatinine level.  When these levels rise, they indicate decreased functionality of the kidneys to clean waste products from the body.

Creatinine Clearance Test Shows When You Need Dialysis

Some doctors use a urine test called the “creatinine clearance” to measure kidney function.  A patient saves their urine in a container for a full day.  The waste products in the blood and urine are estimated by measuring the creatinine.  They are then compared to see how well the kidney is removing the wastes and depositing them into the urine.  Through this comparison doctors have a good idea of how well the kidneys are working.  The result is called the creatinine clearance.  When creatinine clearance falls below 10-12 cc/minute, the patient is not doing well and may need dialysis.

Calculating creatine clearance to see if patients need dialysis

The doctor uses other indicators of the patient’s status to decide about the need for dialysis. If the patient is experiencing a major inability to rid the body of excess water, or is complaining of problems with the heart, lungs, or stomach, or difficulties with taste or sensation in their legs, dialysis may be indicated even though the creatinine clearance has not fallen to the 10-12 cc/minute level.

What types of dialysis are there?

There are two main types of dialysis: “hemodialysis” and “peritoneal dialysis.” Hemodialysis uses a special type of filter to remove excess waste products and water from the body. Peritoneal dialysis uses a fluid that is placed into the patient’s stomach cavity through a special plastic tube to remove excess waste products and fluid from the body.

In Home Peritoneal Dialysis Treatment

In Home Peritoneal Dialysis Treatment
Photo by BAXTER CZECH

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis uses the patients own body tissues inside of the belly (abdominal cavity) to act as the filter. The intestines lie in the abdominal cavity, the space between the abdominal wall and the spine. A plastic tube called a “dialysis catheter” is placed through the abdominal wall into the abdominal cavity. A special fluid is then flushed into the abdominal cavity and washes around the intestines. The intestinal walls act as a filter between this fluid and the blood stream. By using different types of solutions, waste products and excess water can be removed from the body through this process.

Hemodialysis

During hemodialysis, blood passes from the patient’s body through a filter in the dialysis machine, called a “dialysis membrane.” For this procedure, the patient has a specialized plastic tube placed between an artery and a vein in the arm or leg (called a “gortex graft”). Sometimes, a direct connection is made between an artery and a vein in the arm. This procedure is called a “Cimino fistula.” Needles are then placed in the graft or fistula, and blood passes to the dialysis machine, through the filter, and back to the patient. In the dialysis machine, a solution on the other side of the filter receives the waste products from the patient.