Originally posted by Guest: PCT are allowed to mix as long as one is trained by preceptor or biomed onto how to mix bicarb and verify cond (& ph)
There have been rumors for a while now that CMS will eventually require all training and mixing of bicarb (and acid) to be done by certified clinical staff. Where I work, biomeds were taken out of the loop a couple of years ago in preparation for this. We can no longer train or sign off on bicarb or acid. That has to be done by a clinical preceptor. Our Biomeds still do water check offs.
this rumor was started so one of the big providers could have their tech staff "exit" the mixing or bicarbonate and acid concentrate. There is nothing is the regulations about certification for staff mixing concentrates, however you do need the standard competency routine (training, test, competency checklist).