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Training to Become a CCHT

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More and more students are choosing to enter a career in the healthcare technology field. One specific occupation that opens up opportunities in this field is the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT). The CCHT is a medical professional that works with patients undergoing kidney dialysis. Many students choose to become a CCHT because the career is rewarding, challenging, and salary is competitive.

How Much Does a CCHT Make?

O*Net Online, an America Job Center Network partner has shown that the median healthcare technician salary was $38,080 annually.  This includes dialysis technician salary. Some technicians earned as much as $54,000, to as high as $100,00 for specialized occupations and admin positions.

CCHT Training and Exam

Before a student can begin dialysis technician training he/she must have a high school diploma. The next step is to complete a CCHT training program from an accredited school. Before you can become a CCHT you must take the  final CCHT examination to get certified. Many universities offer this exam right from their nephrology department.

Find Jobs to Become a CCHT

So you’ve completed your training, passed your exam, and now you’re looking for CCHT jobs. You’re dream to become a CCHT can’t come true until you’re working, right!? One of the easiest ways to find CCHT jobs is through online job boards like Monster or Indeed.com. They provide detailed job descriptions, salary info, and profiles of the companies you can apply for.

Dialysis Technician Salary

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What is Kidney Dialysis?

Normally the human kidney helps the body filter the blood from toxins and unnecessary fluids. Once a patient experiences kidney damage or kidney failure, these toxins and fluids begin to build up in the blood and can become life threatening. Kidney dialysis, sometimes referred to as “renal dialysis,” is when a machine mechanically filters the blood instead of the kidney. A patient will visit a healthcare facility and undergo dialysis as needed. The CCHT is responsible for monitoring the patient, recording progress, and operating the dialysis equipment.

Dialysis Technician Responsibilities

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A dialysis technician is a trained and certified professional responsible for operating a kidney dialysis machine. Kidney dialysis is a life saving procedure and the dialysis technician responsibilities are therefore very important. A dialysis technician is responsible for preparing a patient for dialysis, operating and maintaining the dialysis equipment, and monitoring the patient before, during, and after dialysis.

Preparing the Patient

In order for the patient to receive kidney dialysis, he/she must first be prepared to be connected to the dialysis machine. In order for blood to quickly and easily flow in and out of the patient’s body, two large catheters must be connected to veins,  usually in the arm. Because the veins must be enlarged to accept a fairly large catheter, a minor surgery is often required. Once the veins are ready to receive the catheters, two are inserted into the patient, one for the outflow of blood and one for the inflow. Dialysis technician responsibilities include helping the patient get comfortable and preparing the equipment to receive their blood.

Operating the Kidney Dialysis Equipment

A dialysis technician has been trained and certified to operate the dialysis equipment. One of the most important dialysis technician responsibilities is to inspect the equipment before and after use to ensure everything is in perfect working condition. The equipment must also be completely sterilized to reduce the risk of infection. Because the needs of each patient are different, the dialysis technician will be responsible for adjusting the blood flow rates before and during dialysis as necessary.

Monitoring the Patient

One of the main dialysis technician responsibilities is to monitor the patient before, during, and after kidney dialysis. This is the best way to confirm that the dialysis process is effective and the patient is not responding negatively to the treatment. The dialysis technician will ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible during the 3-4 hour dialysis procedure, as well as monitor the patient’s vital signs. It is important that the blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, etc. remain normal during dialysis. This indicates that the body is responding well to dialysis.