AAKP HealthLine Webinar Summary: Making the Perfect Team: Working with Your Dialysis Technician (posted October 16, 2018)

Written by Melinda Starling, AAKP Communications Intern

 

Dwelyn Williams, CCHT, 2019 President-Elect for the National Organization of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) led an AAKP HealthLine webinar on October 9th, 2018 about the important relationship between a patient and his/her Dialysis Technician. The webinar also included a very emotionally-charged story from a current patient and AAKP Ambassador, Bruce Tibbets, who shared his journey and experiences throughout the years.

NANT’s mission is “to promote the highest quality of care for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients through education and professionalism.”

 

Here are a few takeaways from the webinar.

Dialysis Technicians are the front line of defense for patients. Each patient has to go through a few hours of treatment multiple times a week. Naturally, this allows them to establish a relationship with their technicians. Patients should always feel comfortable sharing information with their techs, as these are the people who know them best and know their treatment plans.

Always go to dialysis treatments. No matter how tired you are or how bad the weather seems, it is always important to go to every scheduled treatment. How you’re feeling can change very quickly and technicians are commonly the ones who are able to spot changes in a patient’s health, so it is vital to not miss an appointment and communicate with your healthcare team.

Encourage your technicians to join NANT and AAKP! NANT and AAKP both offer many benefits for members. More information can be found online at www.dialysistech.net/membership and https://aakp.org/join/ .

 

Celebrate National Dialysis Technician Recognition Week October 14th-20th, 2018!

The full webinar is available for you to listen to at www.aakp.org/aakp-healthline under the “Past Webinar” tab.

 

Photo: AAKP Ambassador Bruce Tippets (left), currently on in-center hemodialysis, at his dialysis unit was featured on the cover of our aakpRENALIFE magazine.  Click here to read.