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Dialysis Unit building operations, hemodialysis equipment, all other unit equipment, the water treatment system, and the dialysate delivery system. The Dialysis Biomedical Engineer shall assist the Dialysis Unit Manager, or designee in the oversight of daily operations specific to the  technical services in the Dialysis Unit including but not limited to: quality assurance, safety, risk management, facility maintenance and other required duties that may arise during the general operation of the facility.

Under the supervision of the Dialysis Unit Manager or designee and the Medical Director, the Dialysis Biomedical Engineer shall have oversight of all technical, water and structural systems for the safe delivery of dialysis treatments. The Dialysis Biomedical Engineer will provide expertise to ensure compliance with all governing agencies as they pertain to the technical services in the Dialysis unit. The essential functions necessary to perform the duties as required for the job are listed below.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS AND TASKS

Essential Function

1) Oversight of maintenance and operation of all technical, water and structural systems for the safe delivery of dialysis as follows:

a. Ensuring that water and dialysis delivery systems are operational and safe for delivery of dialysis treatments.

b. Oversight of dialysis equipment and building operations and repairs for maximum, efficient and safe outcomes.

c. Develops, oversees, maintains and revises procedures and policies in compliance with CMS Conditions for Coverage, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Standards of Practice and all regulatory agencies governing outpatient dialysis centers. This includes oversight of equipment use, start and shut down requirements, sterilization/disinfection, infection control, machine maintenance, hazardous waste management, periodic bacteriologic testing, building/storage areas, and all other related areas.

d. Oversees and ensures compliance with regulatory agencies such as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Conditions for Coverage, The Joint Commission, AAMI, Network 17, Department of Health and Human Services, and any other governing agencies.

e. Oversees and ensures coordination with public agencies to assure compliance with fire, water, safety and health regulations.

f. Oversees, develops, revises and maintains Emergency Preparedness Policies & Procedures to current standards for technical areas of the dialysis unit.

g. Oversees and ensures record keeping, logs and documentation meets CMS Conditions for Coverage, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Standards of Practice and all regulatory agencies.

h. Oversees and provides appropriate trouble shooting and actions for biomedical related issues to ensure patient safety.

j. Oversight of routine and preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, disinfection and repair activities to dialysis equipment and water treatment systems and as required and recommended by the manufacturer and established policy and procedures.

k. Oversight of Water and Dialysate operation including disinfection, cultures, sampling, results and problem resolution.

Oversight of Infection Control relating to biomedical services.

2) Assists the Dialysis Unit Manager and/or designee in education and training of biomedical and clinical staff for safe operation of dialysis machines, water treatment systems and all other dialysis related equipment to meet regulatory agency requirements.

a. Provides expertise, education and training.

b. Assists in ensuring staff performance and competency for biomedical and technical duties and functions as required by CMS Conditions for Coverage, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Standards of Practice and all regulatory agencies

c. Education and training staff for adherence to infection prevention procedures per CDC and governing agencies relating to biomedical and technical functions.

PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS AND TASKS

Essential Function – CONTINUED

3) Provides assistance to the Dialysis Unit Manager and Medical Director, or designee in the area of Patient Safety:

a. Analyzes, tracks, trends and reviews and audits Dialysis Unit clinical outcomes relating to water, equipment, dialysate; and any other related unit issues.

b. Maintains timely, open and appropriate communication with the physician, the Dialysis Unit Manager, or designee regarding technical issues involving safe patient clinical outcomes.

c. Exhibits professional relationships with patients and staff and addresses their concerns regarding technical issues affecting clinical outcomes in an expeditious and effective manner.

4) Participates in the Dialysis Unit Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) Interdisciplinary Team providing leadership, oversight, review and compliance for biomedical services as required by CMS Conditions for Coverage.

a. QAPI IDT Committee Meetings.

b. Monitors and provides reports and trend analysis for dialysis biomedical services for Dialysis Unit QAPI and MMHS PI as required by CMS and TJC.

c. Provides safe, effective, timely and appropriate corrective plans for patient safety relating to biomedical services.

d. Prepares yearly PI and PI reassessment as it relates to biomedical services.

c. Provides expertise in development and implementation of corrective action plans as needed or as required for patient safety when required by the unit, MMHS, or regulatory agencies.

5) In absence of Dialysis Biomedical Technician, will prove necessary services to maintain biomedical technical functions of Dialysis Unit.

6.  Assists with and participates in Regulatory Agency Surveys (such as DHHS/CMS and TJC), Reviews or Evaluations relating to the Biomedical Department as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Associate degree in electronics technology or equivalent technical training, i.e. technical school, or equivalent work experience.

 

Work Experience:  

Minimum of 3 years related biomed experience and/or training.  Prefer background in MMHS and dialysis environment.

Skill Requirements:    

Ability to work well with others.  Ability to read, comprehend, and follow complex technical instructions.  Demonstrated mechanical and electrical aptitude.  Ability to work in accordance with MMHS/engineering safe practices.  Able to work swing or night shifts as required. Ability and willingness to participate in continuing education.  Ability to work with minimal supervision.  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Licensing Requirements: 

  • Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Must sign Mee Memorial MMHS Drivers Agreement
  • Provide Valid California Driver License – upon hire and prior to expiration
  • Provide Current DMV Record – upon hire and annually during anniversary month
  • Provide Proof of California mandatory limits of liability motor vehicle insurance – upon hire and prior to expiration

Language Requirements:

None

Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk or hear, and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

DISCLAIMER:

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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