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Dialysis is a procedure to keep the body running as normal as possible while the kidneys are under repair or while a person waits for a kidney transplant. Without working kidneys or dialysis, salts and other waste products would accumulate in the blood and poison the person. Typical Haemodialysis treatments (using an artificial kidney) last about four hours and are needed about three times a week. Dialysis therapists work with people whose kidneys no longer work properly or at all. Also sometimes referred to as Hemodialysis Technologists or patient care technologists (PCTs); they operate machines that remove wastes, salt, and extra water from patients’ blood while keeping safe levels of certain chemicals. The therapists prepare patients for dialysis, monitor them and the machine during dialysis, and perform required procedures when dialysis is completed.
Fortis Healthcare Limited is a leading integrated healthcare delivery service provider in India. The healthcare verticals of the company primarily comprise hospitals, diagnostics and day care specialty facilities. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 45 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), and 314 diagnostic centres. Our collaboration with Fortis (Mohali) provides the necessary ‘hands-on’ clinical experience; imperative for the students pursuing this hospital-based academic program.
Dialysis Assistants work with the Dialysis Therapist to plan implementation of the dialysis prescription, perform Hemodialysis, manage various intra-dialytic complications and document patient data. The Dialysis Therapist works with the Head of Department/ Senior Dialysis Therapist to supervise the Hemodialysis Assistants and auxiliary personnel, manage intra-dialytic complications, documents and maintains dialysis patient records.
On completion of the course of study and having successfully passed the examination, the candidate would be able to achieve a satisfactory level of efficiency:
Dialysis is the artificial process of eliminating waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultra- filtration) from the blood. Our kidneys do this naturally, however some people may have failed or damaged kidneys which cannot carry out the function properly. They may need dialysis.
At Chitkara University, the three-year graduate program includes one year internship in Dialysis at Fortis, Mohali; thereby providing students with the opportunity to study the principles of Dialysis, basic medical science of the kidney, fluid and electrolyte balance, hematologic aspects, infectious diseases, dialysis systems and equipment, vascular access to circulation, blood chemistry, complications of renal failure, psycho-social aspects and an overview of peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation.
In short, students are trained to operate Dialysis equipment, inspect and maintain it. Other than technical training, subjects like human anatomy and physiology, renal diseases, other relevant diseases, blood chemistry etc. are also covered in this course.