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Become An Orthopedic Technician

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Working As An Orthopedic Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • $46,060

    Average Salary

What Does An Orthopedic Technician Do At Tenet Healthcare

* Adheres to and supports the mission, purpose, philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of Tenet Physician Resources.
* Adheres to the Tenet HIPAA Compliance Plan and the Privacy Standards Confidentiality Agreement.
* Demonstrates support for the Tenet Corporate Compliance Program by being knowledgeable of compliance responsibilities as expressed in the Code of Conduct; adhering to federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and corporate policies and procedures policies that affect his/her specific job functions/responsibilities; and reporting compliance issues/concerns in a timely and appropriate manner.
* Assists in the care of patients by fitting and applying pre-operative braces, crutches and other soft goods
* Prepare and apply casts and orthopedic appliances
* Prepare patients for all testing procedures.
* Assisting with orthopedic procedures, including but not limited to: wound care, aspirations, minor surgical procedures and fracture reductions.
* Maintains a clean, orderly and safe environment for patients and visitors.
* This includes cleaning, sterilizing, and storing instruments in accordance with practice policies.
* Properly complete patient routing slips and charge tickets with all appropriate CPT codes and corresponding ICD codes.
* Complies with established personal protective equipment requirements necessary for protection against exposure to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids, chemical disinfectants, radiation, and other hazardous substances.
* Demonstrates responsibility for professionalism, personal growth and development including projecting a positive attitude toward the operation, completing assignments in a timely and cost efficient manner, accepting and responding to positive criticism.
* Observe radiation safety and OSHA guidelines.
* Inventory, order and maintain all departmental supplies at defined inventory levels.
* Assist with additional responsibilities as needed

What Does An Orthopedic Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Performs various related procedures including but not limited to wound care, dressings, EKGs, removal of sutures/staples, application/removal of orthopaedic casts/splints, and drawing up injections, vaccines, botox, phlebotomy for PRP and assisting with ultrasound procedures.
* Assists in the coordination of patient care under the supervision of the assigned health care provider.
* Prepares and rooms patients within the clinical practice setting according to documenting patient health information, history and medications.
* Accurately interviews patients and orders radiographs according to physician protocols.
* Accurately documents all pertinent details in the electronic health record (EHR) according to established standards and work flows including all pertinent patient interactions as the time of the encounter in the correct EHR note type.
* Reviews, updates and reconciles medication list in the EHR.
* Reviews the problem list, social history, medical surgical history and pain assessment with the patient and updates the record.
* Follows Meaningful Use standards.
* Able to function as a scribe to the physician when needed to maintain clinic work flow.
* Perform chart management tasks by obtaining diagnostic reports and reviewing charts for completion.
* Scans pertinent findings from outside information to physicians and staff as necessary.
* Educates patients on proper wound and pin care, cast care and postoperative care.
* Assists with patient prescription needs based on established protocols.
* Requires travel to various satellite locations to support assigned physician(s).
* Performs other duties as assigned when needed

What Does An Orthopedic Technician Do At Performance Injury Care and Sports Medicine

* 1.Greets patients, obtains weight, height and vitals, gets list of medications patient is taking and updates list of allergies
* Performs initial health assessment ? gets this information from patient or family member
* Works with patients on an individual basis under the direct supervision and responsibility of the provider
* Removes stitches, staples, and casts.
* Applies casts and fits braces.
* Draws blood
* Helps with procedures that are done in the office.
* Takes specimens to lab if necessary
* Cleans and sterilizes tools in the autoclave
* May be required to schedule procedures and follow-up appointments, and meetings for the providers
* Gives out samples or calls in prescriptions and documents these in the patients electronic chart
* Goes through providers messages, handles and answers the ones they can.
* Gives others to the providers to call
* Gets provider approval for prescriptions that come in as phone messages and faxes and calls them in
* Attends and participates in continuing education as appropriate, maintains and updates clinical skills
* Orders, maintains and stocks necessary medical supplies. i.e. injectables, soft goods, etc
* Performs other duties as requested by provider
* Maintains patient confidentiality
* Handles all letters from provider and communication with other providers for referrals out of this clinic
* When needed, covers reception area by answering phones, prepping charts and Scheduling patients
* Responsible for washing, folding and putting away laundry

What Does An Orthopedic Technician Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Applies all type of casts, splints, braces, bandages, slings, or other orthopedic devices by determining proper positioning, angulations and type of device according to the instruction of the provider & pre-determined orthopedic procedures and techniques.
* Attends to patients during follow up visits by checking casts, splints, and other applicable orthopedic devices.
* Coordinates activities of the cast room with other clinic functions.
* Evaluates new items such as plaster and ready-made braces to ensure compliance with pre-determined standard.
* Trains and orients newly hired Orthopedic Technicians and serves as a preceptor and resource for educating other members, and staff.
* Removes casts, splints and orthopedic devices.
* Attends to conditions such as comfort and circulation problems, trimming, removing & reapplying casts, splints, etc.as ordered by the provider.
* Fits and instructs members in the use of crutches, canes, & other devices, documents charges on standard form.
* Prepares the patient for procedures.
* Sets up instruments and equipment for procedures.
* Applies and removes bandages and dressings that does not involve debridement.
* Provides pre-printed written instructions to patients regarding proper cast care and use of crutches and devices.
* Removes sutures or staples from superficial incisions after suture/staples have been assessed for removal by RN or provider.
* Assists patients in ambulation and transfers.
* Collects and records patient data including height, weight, temperature, pulse, respirations rate and blood pressure and basic information about the presenting and previous conditions(s).
* Addresses care gaps triggered in Health Connect per departmental workflow.
* Records patient care services provided in the medical record.
* Maintains and ensures operational readiness of equipment and supplies

What Does An Orthopedic Technician Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Applies, fits adjusts and removes braces, casts, splints and assistive devices at an advanced level of competence and skill.
* Sets up and adjusts traction on inpatient beds, places patients in and removes them from traction.
* Performs rounds to ensure proper patient positioning or to remove unnecessary equipment.
* Assists physicians in a wide range of sterile and non-sterile clinic and bedside procedures: removal of wires, pins, fixators; dressing or cast changes.
* Acts as a resource, consultant and educator to health care providers, patients and caregivers regarding selection and use of the most appropriate casts, splints and orthopedic appliances considering the age and activity parameters for each patient.
* Educates the patient or family / caregivers in safe appropriate use of orthopedic appliances, wear and care of casts and splints.
* Ensures regular division equipment safety and maintenance inspections and standards.
* Coordinates purchasing activities and manages an inventory control system for supplies and equipment which minimizes hospital expenditures and are within the budget constraints of the department.
* Precepts orthopedic technology candidates / students from other facilities and institutions studying fabrication and application of casts, splints and orthopedic appliances

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How To Become An Orthopedic Technician

Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or an associate’s degree. Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. A small number of states regulate surgical technologists.

Education

Surgical technologists typically need postsecondary education. Many community colleges and vocational schools, as well as some universities and hospitals, have accredited programs in surgical technology. Programs range in length from several months to 2 years, and they grant a diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree upon completion. Admission typically requires a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Surgical technology education includes courses in anatomy, biology, medical terminology, pharmacology, and other topics. Surgical technologists are trained in the care and safety of patients, sterilization techniques, how to set up technical or robotic equipment, and preventing and controlling infections. In addition to classroom study, students also work in supervised clinical settings to gain hands-on experience.

First surgical assistants may complete a formal education program in surgical assisting. Others may work as a surgical technologist and receive additional on-the-job training before becoming a first assistant.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times. For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons during an operation.

Dexterity. Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands. They must be able to provide needed equipment quickly.

Integrity. Because they are trusted to provide sterile supplies and quality patient care during surgical procedures, surgical technologists must have integrity.

Physical stamina. Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for extended periods.

Stress-management skills. Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should be able to work well under pressure while providing a high level of care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can be beneficial in finding a job. Surgical technologists may earn certification through credentialing organizations.

Certification through The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting allows the use of the title “Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).” Certification typically requires completing an accredited formal education program or military training program and passing an exam.

Certification through the National Center for Competency Testing allows the use of the title “Tech in Surgery - Certified (NCCT).” Applicants may qualify through formal education, military training, work experience, or other eligibility paths. All require documenting critical skills and passing an exam.

Both certifications require surgical technologists to complete continuing education to maintain their certification.

In addition, many jobs require technologists to become certified in CPR or basic life support, or both.

A small number of states have regulations governing the work of surgical technologists or surgical assistants, or both.

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants, and the American Board of Surgical Assistants offer certification for surgical first assistants.

Advancement

Surgical technologists may choose to advance to other healthcare occupations, such as registered nurse. Technologists may also choose to become a postsecondary teacher of health specialties.

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Top Skills for An Orthopedic Technician

ClinicalSettingDirectPatientCareOrthopedicSurgerySurgicalProceduresVitalSignsEmergencyRoomOrthopedicTechDurableMedicalEquipmentMedicalRecordsTriageCustomerServiceSuture/StapleRemovalOrthopedicPatientsSoftGoodsRoomPhysicalTherapyMedicalHistoryCastRoomOrthopedicSurgeonsPatientEducationFractureReductions

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Top Orthopedic Technician Skills

  1. Clinical Setting
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Orthopedic Surgery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in cast room and clinical setting.
  • Assisted the Foot and Ankle surgeon with clinical responsibilities such as direct patient care and in the operating room.
  • Monitor patients after orthopedic surgery.
  • Assisted in orthopedic surgical procedures as directed by the orthopedic surgeon.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in taking patient medical histories and vital signs.

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