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Patient Care Technician

Company: Strive Health
Location: Medford
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

Overview:Strive HealthStrive Health is built for purpose- to transform a broken kidney care system. We are fundamentally changing the lives of kidney disease patients through early identification and engagement, comprehensive coordinated care, and home-first dialysis. Strive's model is driven by a high-touch care team that integrates with local providers and spans the entire care journey from CKD through ESRD, leveraging comparative and predictive data and analytics to identify patients at risk. Strive Health's interventions significantly reduce the rate of emergent dialysis crash, cut inpatient utilization, and significantly improve patient outcomes and experience. Come join our journey as we create THE destination for top talent in the Healthcare community and set a new standard for how care kidney should be done.Patient Care TechnicianThe ESRD Patient Care Technician responsible for support of the day to day operation of the kidney care facility, including home training. Functions as part of the dialysis health care team in providing safe and effective dialysis therapy for patients, under the direct supervision of a licensed Home Training (HT) nurse in accordance with policies, procedures. Responsible for the setup and operation of dialysis machines, monitor patients, reinforce education under RN supervision in compliance with regulations set forth by the corporation, state, and federal agencies. Assist in the maintenance of a safe and clean working environment. Supports the commitment to the Quality Assessment Program Improvement (QAPI) and CQI Activities, including those related to patient satisfaction and actively participates in process improvement activities that enhance the likelihood that patients will achieve the Quality Assessment Program Improvement (QAPI) goals.Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for driving the Strive Healthcare culture through values and customer service standards.
  • Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships through effective and timely communication.
  • Takes initiative and action to respond, report, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner
  • Assist other health care members in providing patient specific detailed education regarding adequacy measures where appropriate - Online Clearance Monitoring (OLC), Adequacy Monitoring Program (AMP), Urea Kinetic Modeling (UKM), and regarding disease process/access.
  • Welcome assigned patients and inquire as to their wellbeing since their last treatment. Report any complaints or observations to the nurse supervisor.
  • Evaluate vascular access for patency and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Obtain necessary pre and post treatment vital signs and weight. Report unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Perform vascular access evaluation pre-treatment and report unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Perform vascular access cannulation and report any difficulties in cannulation or unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Perform administration of Heparin as delegated or as allowed by state law.
  • Initiate dialysis treatment according to prescribed orders including blood flow (QB) and dialysate flow (QD).
  • Evaluate intradialytic problems and provide intervention as prescribed by physician order or as directed.
  • Monitor patients' response to dialysis therapy and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Obtain vital signs prior to reinfusion; perform all relevant functions necessary for the discontinuation of treatment - document.
  • Discontinue dialysis treatment according to established procedures,
  • Evaluate patient prior to termination of venous access - standing & sitting blood pressure.
  • Obtain Homeostasis and apply appropriate dressings.
  • Evaluate the patient prior to discharge and report any unusual findings to nurse supervisor.
  • Perform and record Pre and Post dialysis evaluation, weight and vital signs with initial identification.
  • Responsible for calculating and entry of individual patients' dialysis machine programming for Ultrafiltration (UF) goal; treatment time; Sodium (Na) modeling; and UF modeling as prescribed.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate safety alarms are enabled.
  • Record accurate and timely information regarding vital signs and treatment parameters onto the Treatment Sheet with initial identification.
  • Responsible for accurate documentation of information related to patient treatment including completion of Treatment Sheet and, if applicable, progress notes.
  • Report any significant information and/or change in patient condition directly to the nurse supervisor.
  • Observe patient, and conduct machine safety checks according to facility policy. Report any change or unusual findings to the nurse supervisor.
  • Perform and document any intervention for unusual patient status and document patients' response to intervention.
  • Evaluate patients' vascular access during treatment including arterial and venous monitoring pressures, provide appropriate intervention as needed, document and report any unusual findings to the nurse supervisor.
  • Obtain all prescribed laboratory testing and prepare specimens for collection.
  • Clean and disinfect dialysis machine surface, chair, equipment, and surrounding area between trainings or patient visits according to facility policy.
  • Conduct all tasks necessary for preparation for dialysis treatment, training or clinic visit and document where appropriate.
  • Perform all required pretreatment dialysis machine alarm testing).
  • Initiate Solution Delivery System (SDS) system.
  • Complies with all safety standards (fire, chemical, environmental, infection control, and OSHA regulations)
  • Demonstrates proper use of equipment and supplies to prevent damage
  • Ensure that all blood spills are immediately cleaned with appropriate disinfectant according to facility policy.
  • Prepare, organize, and efficiently utilize supplies and equipment to prevent wastage
  • Complete and document ongoing participation in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
  • Enters all treatment data into the designated clinical application accurately and in a timely manner.Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications
    • 2 years previous patient care experience in a hospital setting or related facility preferred.
    • Employees have to meet the necessary requirements of Ishihara's Color
    • Blindness test as a condition of employment.
    • Successful completion of dialysis training program and successful completion of CPR certification and Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS)-approved state and/or national certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (Course C Strives to use clear verbal communication with patients Strong verbal and written communication skills Demonstrates good listening skillsStrive Health is an equal opportunity employer and drug free workplace. At this time Strive Health is unable to provide and work visa sponsorship. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please apply even if you feel you do not meet all qualifications. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to talentacquisition@strivehealth.com

Keywords: Strive Health, Medford , Patient Care Technician, Professions , Medford, Oregon

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