GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: On physician order and according to established procedures, an orthopedic technician applies, alters and/or removes casts, splints, orthotics, bed traction/ suspension equipment, and designated orthopedic equipment for inpatient and ambulatory clinic patients. A staff orthopedic technician is responsible for complying with hospital and department procedures which include but are not limited to confidentiality, safety, infection control, documentation and charging.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Understands and accurately follows physician’s orders and departmental procedures for the application, alteration and/or removal of plaster or synthetic casts, splints, prefabricated orthopedic equipment, bed traction and suspension equipment and other designated orthopedic equipment.
2. Carefully inspects skin, observes patient for physical or emotional reaction(s) to procedure(s) and reports problem(s) appropriately and immediately to correct personnel.
3. Instructs patient and/or family member(s) according to departmental procedures in cast, splint or equipment care, precautions regarding use of prescribed device(s), cleaning and maintenance of prescribed equipment. As appropriate, insures patient is able to don/doff equipment independently; informs physician if any problems and inquires whether the physician would recommend an occupational or physical therapy referral for further evaluation and treatment of the identified issue.
4. Accurately documents objective information in medical record. Appropriately communicates verbally or in writing using correct medical terminology. Demonstrates tact, good judgment, and timeliness in communications.
5. Records accurate and appropriate information for charging and inventory control.
6. Maintains a safe, clean and orderly environment for patients, coworkers and self by cleaning equipment and work area, storing supplies appropriately, handling equipment using appropriate body mechanics, and reporting any issues that require further maintenance or inspection to supervisor. Compliant with hospital regulations and departmental procedures for infection control, electrical equipment safety, confidentiality, fire and disaster plans.
7. Appropriately uses equipment and supplies for the efficient and cost- effective operation of the department and hospital. Responsible for identification badge, beeper, keys, computer access. Carefully inspects supplies and equipment when issuing; correctly notifies supervisor of any problems with supplies or equipment or patient complaints/ problems.
8. Establishes effective working relationships with coworkers, departmental staff, orthopedic personnel including physicians, nurses, medical assistants and secretaries and other pertinent personnel.
9. Attends and participates in departmental meetings. Records and submits information required such as orientation and competency data, education log, yearly mandatory information etc.
10. Compliant with all hospital and department policies and procedures.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Must have a high school diploma or equivalency and work experience in a health care environment. The candidate must successfully complete a minimum of six months “on the job” training with education (lectures/labs) and close supervision by the lead/senior orthopedic technician(s).
2. Successful completion of a formal orthopedic technician training program and current orthopedic technician certification from the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists is preferred or academic and clinical experience as an athletic trainer, occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant background.
3. Up to three months of orientation and competency certification is required in order to acquire necessary familiarity with hospital and departmental policies and procedures, if the incumbent has the preferred education and training background.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: 1. Work requires the ability to read, write, enter and retrieve computer data, comprehend and perform analytical and organizational tasks in order to plan and perform job duties. This is normally acquired through the completion of a high school education.
2. Work requires a level of knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy, and patient care procedures and techniques which are generally acquired through a formal orthopedic technologist training program, an allied health assistant training program or an accredited athletic training program.
3. Work requires prolonged walking and standing (over 90% of the work day), manual dexterity (up to 90% of work day), frequent lifting and carrying of equipment (up to 50% if work day), positioning or transferring of patients or equipment (up to 60% if work day) and occasional transport of patients (at least 5% of work day).
4. Must be able to perform and record accurately and efficiently a variety of technical patient care procedures with both handwriting and electronic record documentation. The necessary skills are acquired by successful completion of an “on the job” training program, or completion of a formal academic/training program and certification as an orthopedic technologist.
5. Must have interpersonal skills sufficient to interact effectively with patients (up to 80% of workday), physicians (up to 15% of workday) and other hospital and clinic personnel (up to 90% of workday).
6. Work with acutely ill (trauma or surgical) patients (up to 25% of work day) often produces a high level of stress and mental fatigue.
WORKING CONDITIONS: 1. Works in a cast room with frequent exposure to trauma/cuts or incisions, unpleasant odors, moderate noise levels and dust from casting materials (up to 80% of work day).
2. Works in a patient care environment where there is potential for exposure to communicable diseases and the need to exercise sound Universal Precautions and other infectious control measures.
3. Must be able to consistently demonstrate safe handling of electrical equipment and carry out cleaning and safety practices.
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Brigham and Women's Hospital - 13 months ago