This position will support all areas of the hospital. Working hours are Monday - Friday, 1st shift. Must be flexible and willing to work outside of normal business hours when/if necessary. Orthopaedic Technologist certification is required within 90 days of hire.Already certified candidates are preferred.
The Orthopaedic Technologist is a trained member of the orthopaedic team who works with all associated health care professionals in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities concerning all orthopaedic procedures. Performs a variety of tasks including the fabrication and removal of casts and splints, application of orthopaedic devices, and removal of external orthopaedic hardware.
Assist physicians and nursing personnel with orthopaedic casting procedures to include the application and removal of a variety of casts and splints.
Assist with routine examination and treatment procedures to include removing casts, cleaning wounds and applying dressings.
Under the direction of a physician assists in the clinical care of patients, including:
Application of mobilization or immobilization devices - Application of braces, prosthetics, orthotics, and orthoses
Adjustment and repair of braces, prosthetics, orthotics, and orthoses
Fitting and adjustment of canes, crutches and walkers
Fabricating splints for various conditions - Wound care, removal of wound closure materials (staples, sutures and percutaneous pins), and the application and removal of sterile and non - sterile dressings
Removal or adjustment of external fixators, halos, and orthopaedic frames
Preparation and set up for specific types of traction, making adjustments as necessary
Taking necessary patient measurements (grip strength, leg length,extremity girth, etc.)
Assisting the physician in the reduction of fractures and dislocations
Recording patient's blood pressure, pulse, height and weight
Assist with the development of appropriate educational materials, using evidence - based information.
Instruct patients on various subjects,including cast care, wound care, edema, and how to remove and apply splints.
Assist in the maintenance of patient documentation as directed by physician and nursing personnel.
Participate in the development of plan of care, including short and long term goals.
Facilitate clinic flow and assist physicians and nursing personnel with coordination of patient care.
Maintain work area in clean and orderly condition.
Set up and prepare examination rooms.
Set up instruments and equipment for specific procedures.
Clean and sterilize a variety of medical supplies, and maintain appropriate inventory of orthopaedic supplies and equipment.
Perform other related duties as directed.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Ability to articulate descriptions of orthopaedic conditions based upon a basic understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another.
Understanding of theory and application of manual, skin and skeletal traction.
Understanding of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change and in setting up for sterile clinical procedures.
Ability to articulate the role of an Orthopaedic Tech to the general public.
Demonstrated commitment to quality assurance and quality patient care.
Ability to adapt to a changing environment on a daily basis as job will require working in many different settings (ambulatory clinics, operating room, emergency department and in - patient units)
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High school graduate or equivalent.Graduate of an accredited Orthopaedic Technology program preferred. Military corpsman with training in military orthopaedics preferred.
At least one year full - time work experience in a hospital, clinic, office, or military setting, working directly in the treatment of orthopaedic patients.
Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Current certification as Orthopaedic Technologist by NBCOT preferred.