Dialysis Technicians operate kidney dialysis machines, which filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform that function. They possess clinical and technical skills, and can be responsible for direct patient care, as well as dialysis equipment maintenance and repair. This is a programme designed to equip the renal failure treatment areas of the health care industry, with competent, trained and certified dialysis technicians. The participant would be able to attain all the skills required for the efficient and professional delivery of both haemo and peritoneal dialysis.
The programme runs for a 12 month period, and consists of 12 modules, with a total of 800 contact hours, which would generate 36 credits. The dialysis technician programme is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to the field of haemodialysis, and the skills required to perform dialysis treatments on a patient. This course of study covers the principles of dialysis, anatomy and physiology of the kidney, fluid and electrolyte balance, haematologic aspects, infectious diseases, dialysis systems and equipment, vascular access to circulation, dietary regulation, blood chemistries, complications of renal failure, psychosocial aspects, and an overview of peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation. The student will develop an in-depth knowledge of obtaining blood samples for analysis, monitoring and providing basic service for equipment such as catheters and A-V fistulas, the genitor-urinary system, including its anatomy and physiology, knowledge in the preparation of artificial kidneys, physical assessments, universal precautions, fluid management, initiating and concluding dialysis, access to circulation, patient equipment monitoring, and the treatment of routine haemodialysis problems in accordance with dialysis procedures. After successful completion of the first eight modules, students will proceed on a three tiered externship at a local dialysis centre