Kidney Dialysis Techs should have prior Phlebotomist certification and training

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We are proposing Kidney Dialysis Technicians start work with at least a nine month Phlebotomist Certificate.  At one time it was mostly RNs giving patients treatments (for lower total costs).  But then wall street saw a pile of money sitting out there and formed these for-profit companies.  They then proceeded to kick out the experienced help (mostly RNs) and replace them with basically anybody off the streets to man their assembly-line-style clinics.   The results have been horrific, mortality went up along with infections, and torn accesses are all too common - all the while keeping the techs under-trained and overworked. But though care has been terrible, costs skyrocketed! 

We would love to go back to the days when it was mostly RNs giving treatments, but we can see that being a tough sell - so all we are asking is the techs come in with at least knowing how to place needles (Colorado's DORA stated needle sticks have been the number one complaint of patients).

Who are we?  I'm a nearly 20 year advocate who helped head-up a group that got through a Colorado State bill for the certification of techs (not including needle sticks) back in 2007 - and renewed in 2012 and 2019.  I've worked with another advocate with over 2 decades of experience helping patients and has the backing of the NAACP, among other organizations.

More info: John Oliver comedy video, Strangest Show on Earth article, Propublica expose'

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