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Fresenius Medical Care North America Acute Patient Care Technician - PCT in Medford, Massachusetts

POSITION FEATURES:

  • This position will cover Cambridge Spaulding and Charlestown Spaulding Hospital

  • 2021 and 2022 America's 'Most Loved Workplaces' by Newsweek

  • MWF only no weekends no call.

  • Major holidays off! (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days)

  • No prior healthcare experience required, on the job, paid 12 weeks of training to become nationally certified. Upon certification receive a pay increase & promotion

  • 70,000+ dedicated employees, 200,000+ patients, 2,600+ dialysis centers, 350+ research sites across North America

  • Largest provider of renal care products and services in the nation, including state-of-the-art dialysis machines, dialyzers and pharmaceuticals, and we are home to the country's largest renal specialty laboratories

  • Up to $5,200 RN tuition reimbursement per calendar year

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

Functions as part of the Inpatient Services Hemodialysis Health Care team in providing safe and effective dialysis therapy for assigned patients in accordance with FMCNA policies, procedures, and training and in compliance with regulations set forth by the corporation, state, and federal agencies.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provides patient care under the direct supervision of Hemodialysis Registered Nurse for assigned patient(s) in the dialysis suite in the acute setting; excluding Intensive Care Units.

  • Responsible for reporting and documenting all new and unusual incidents, information, complaints, or problems to the RN.

  • Promotes and assists in the maintenance of a safe and clean working environment. Supports the FMCNA commitment to the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) and Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAI) Activities; including those related to patient satisfaction and actively participates in process improvement activities that enhance the likelihood that patients will achieve the FKC Quality Enhancement Goals (QEP).

  • With documented competency and proficiency may set up and prime equipment as directed by the Fresenius Nurse for renal replacement therapies (hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement and peritoneal dialysis therapies).

  • Will be responsible for assuring the dialysis machine has been set up, tested and found to be safe for dialysis treatment in accordance with manufacturer instructions for use and company policy and procedures.

  • Welcomes assigned patients and inquires as to their well-being since their last treatment. Reports any complaints or observations to the FMCNA RN.

  • Obtains necessary pre and post treatment vital signs and weight. Reports unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Reports any difficulties in cannulation to FMCNA RN as permitted by state requirements; or unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Responsible for accurate documentation of information related to the patient treatment. This information is documented appropriately in the individual patient record to include the hospital Electronic Medical System (EMS) and the Acute Care Electronic System (ACES).

  • 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 including narrow venous limits (NVL 160).

  • Collects, labels specimens and ensures timely delivery to laboratory per facility policy.

  • Evaluates intradialytic problems and provides intervention as prescribed by physician’s order or as directed by FMCNA RN. Monitors patient’s response to dialysis therapy and report any unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Obtains vital signs prior to reinfusion; performing all relevant functions necessary for the discontinuation of treatment- documentation.

  • Reports any change or unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Evaluates patient prior to termination of venous access – standing and sitting blood pressures prior to termination of venous access. Obtains hemostasis and applies appropriate dressings. Evaluates the patient prior to discharge and reports any unusual findings to the FMCNA RN

  • Review and comply with the Code of Business Conduct and all applicable company policies and procedures, local, state and federal laws and regulations.

  • Assist with various projects as assigned by direct supervisor or supervising RN.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities may include focus on one or more departments or locations. See applicable addendum for department or location specific functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS :

  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Day-to-day work includes personal computer work while standing and sitting, interaction with patients, facility staff and physicians.

  • The position requires travel between assigned facilities and various locations within the community.

  • The work environment is characteristic of a health care facility with air temperature control and moderate noise levels.

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious diseases/materials.

  • The position provides direct patient care that regularly involves heavy lifting and moving of patients, and assisting with ambulation. Equipment aids and/or coworkers may provide assistance.

  • This position requires frequent, prolonged periods of standing and the employee must be able to bend over. The employee may occasionally be required to assist in moving machines and equipment of up to 200 lbs., and may lift chemical and water solutions of up to 30 lbs. up as high as 5 feet.

  • There is a two-person assist program and “material assist” devices for the heavier items.

SUPERVISION:

  • None

EDUCATION:

  • HighSchoolDiplomarequired

EXPERIENCE AND REQUIRED SKILLS :

  • None required. At least 6 months’ experience is preferred in related Field (EMT, Surgical Technicians, Army, Phlebotomists, and technicians).

  • Must obtain CCHT within 18 months of hire.

  • Effective communication skills – both verbal and written.

  • Employees are required to take the Ishihara's Color Blindness test as a condition of employment. Note that: Failing the Ishihara Test for Color Blindness does not preclude employment. The Company will consider whether reasonable accommodations can be made.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

I acknowledge that I have read and accepted this job description. I understand what is expected of me in this position, and I am able to perform the essential functions as outlined with or without reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, I understand that the duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. If I have any questions about duties and responsibilities not specified in this job description that I am asked to perform, I should discuss them with my immediate supervisor or my Human Resources representative.

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ADDENDUM : IPS PCT I additional tasks as assigned:

MAINTENANCE/TECHNICAL:

  • Maintains environmental integrity and aesthetics-ensure all areas are safe and clean.

  • Cleans and disinfects dialysis machine surfaces, chair, equipment, and surrounding areas between treatments according to inpatient renal services policies.

  • Conducts all tasks necessary for preparation for dialysis treatment and document where appropriate.

  • Performs all required pre-treatment dialysis machine alarm testing, including Pressure Holding Test (PHT) and Diasafe test.

  • Operates all related equipment appropriately and safely and provides minor trouble-shooting when necessary

  • Safely starts and shuts down solution delivery system (SDS).

  • Ensures all blood spills are immediately cleaned with appropriate disinfectant according to facility FKC Policy.

  • Prepare, organize, and efficiently utilize supplies and equipment to prevent waste.

  • Inventories supplies weekly to ensure PAR levels are met by both FMCNA and host facility.

CLERICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE:

  • Completes and documents ongoing participation in Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program (QAPI) activities.

  • Enters all treatment data into the designated clinical application accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Reviews treatment sheets for completeness ensuring signatures are documented, and that omitted entries are completed or corrected where appropriate.

  • Reviews equipment logs for completeness ensuring there is daily documentation regardless of equipment use.

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Sharp Health System

  • All applicable policies and procedures in the contract between FMCNA and Sharp supersede FMCNA job documentation for this position

  • With documented competency and proficiency may set up and prime equipment for renal replacement therapies (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatments).

MAINTENANCE/TECHNICAL:

  • Maintains environmental integrity and aesthetics-ensure all areas are safe and clean.

  • Cleans and disinfects dialysis machine surfaces, chair, equipment, and surrounding areas between treatments according to inpatient renal services policies.

  • Conducts all tasks necessary for preparation for dialysis treatment and document where appropriate.

  • Performs all required pre-treatment dialysis machine alarm testing, including Pressure Holding Test (PHT) and Diasafe test.

  • Operates all related equipment appropriately and safely and provides minor trouble-shooting when necessary

  • Safely starts and shuts down solution delivery system (SDS).

  • Prepare, organize, and efficiently utilize supplies and equipment to prevent waste.

CLERICAL & ADMINISTRATIVE:

  • Reviews equipment logs for completeness ensuring there is daily documentation regardless of equipment use.

Duties that will not be carried out include:

  • Welcomes assigned patients and inquires as to their well-being since their last treatment. Reports any complaints or observations to the FMCNA RN.

  • Obtains necessary pre and post treatment vital signs and weight. Reports unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Reports any difficulties in cannulation to FMCNA RN as permitted by state requirements; or unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Responsible for accurate documentation of information related to the patient treatment. This information is documented appropriately in the individual patient record to include the hospital Electronic Medical System (EMS) and the Acute Care Electronic System (ACES).

  • 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.

  • Collects, labels specimens and ensures timely delivery to laboratory per facility policy.

  • Evaluates intradialytic problems and provides intervention as prescribed by physician’s order or as directed by FMCNA RN. Monitors patient’s response to dialysis therapy and report any unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Obtains vital signs prior to reinfusion; performing all relevant functions necessary for the discontinuation of treatment- documentation.

  • Reports any change or unusual findings to FMCNA RN.

  • Evaluates patient prior to termination of venous access – standing and sitting blood pressures prior to termination of venous access. Obtains hemostasis and applies appropriate dressings. Evaluates the patient prior to discharge and reports any unusual findings to the FMCNA RN

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS – Restrictions

  • Day-to-day work will not include personal computer work while standing and sitting, interaction with patients, facility staff and physicians.

  • The position will not provide direct patient care, including any heavy lifting moving of patients and assisting with ambulation.

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Fresenius Medical Care North America maintains a drug-free workplace in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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