Health care is one of the fastest growing sectors providing ever increasing employment avenues. With industry focus on accreditation and quality health care, accredited health care professionals are need of the hour. After successful completion of the course, student can be employed as technicians in nursing homes, diagnostic center and Hospital.
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, TISS was a pioneering effort with the objective of Social Welfare through academic excellence, a characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). Its establishment was the result of the decision of the Trustees of the SDTT to accept Dr. Clifford Manshardt’s vision of a post-graduate school of social work of national stature that would engage in a continuous study of Indian social issues and problems and impart education in social work to meet the emerging need for trained human power. This subsequently influenced the direction of social work education and social research in India. In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was recognized as a Deemed University by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India.
Chronic kidney disease is an irreversible condition. It progresses to End Stage Kidney Failure (ESKF). When patients reach the ESKF stage they need lifelong dialysis or kidney transplant. There are two types of dialysis – peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is performed three or more times a week lifelong or till kidney transplant is undertaken. The dialysis treatment is conducted by a dialysis technician under the guidance of a Nephrologist (kidney specialist).
The overall picture of ESKF today in India is extremely depressing. The estimated number of new ESKF patients each year is more than a hundred thousand. Only a fraction of these reach a primary care center. Barely 15,000 manage to continue dialysis for more than a month. The rest die for want of dialysis. About 5000 transplants are done every year. The rest continue to be on maintenance hemodialysis for life.
Dialysis sector is unorganized and concentrated mainly in the major cities. Even in the major cities, the quality is not monitored and patients land up getting poor quality, inadequate dialysis resulting in poor health and thus an extremely poor quality of life with a high mortality.
Apart from poor economic situation, the other major cause leading to this state is nonavailability of trained dialysis technicians. It is a fact that most of the dialysis technicians in our country are not qualified. They have learnt the art of dialysis from their own colleagues in the dialysis unit. Formal training is lacking. Hence dialysis is done mechanically without a clear understanding of the principles. Also wrong techniques are learnt and practiced. The latter is an issue of great concern as poor techniques can lead to inadequate dialysis, transmission of infections and other problems. As the technicians lack formal nursing training, the doctor-patient or nurse-patient relationship is lacking and doing dialysis becomes more a mechanical job than treatment. The need for trained dialysis technicians is huge.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS ) School of Vocational Education (TISS – SVE) and LIHS have collaborated to start a diploma course in dialysis technology. The curriculum includes not just the aspects of conducting dialysis but also machine maintenance and repair, maintenance of water treatment plant, English Speaking, personality development, psychological aspects, empathy and bedside manners. This course is thus designed to develop young students into excellent dialysis professionals.
Primary goal of Dialysis Technology Program is to prepare accomplished professionals in dialysis technology with a specific emphasis on clinical skills, technical knowledge which will enable trainee to function as an independent dialysis professional. Trainees acquire the knowledge and procedural skills necessary to deliver high standard of care to the patients with chronic kidney disease requiring renal replacement therapy. They will also receive training to conduct research in the field of dialysis.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
Course Duration: One Year (Full Time)
Eligibility Criteria: HSC Science
Photocopies of following self attested documents to be submitted along with duly filled application form
Certification : Candidate will be awarded ” Diploma in Dialysis Technology” by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS ) School of Vocational Education (TISS – SVE)- (A deemed University Under UGC Act. 1956)