Orthopedic Technician

Location: Honolulu, HI
Job Description
Assists physicians with all routine and complex orthopedic procedures. Maintains order of cast room. Orders and stocks cast room supplies.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Performs casting procedures in acute and follow-up treatment of fractures, sprains and arthritis in children and adults.
  • Applies and removes both plaster and synthetic casts with and without assistance per physician orders takes precautions to avoid complications such as pressure sores and constriction of circulation due to swelling. Seeks assistance with cast removal/application on infants and toddlers.
  • Assists physician with casting procedures in OR, ED, or on inpatient floor. Assists physician or professional nurse with treatments. Assists physician with minor oupatient (surgical) procedures.
  • Applies and removes splints, appliances, bandages, and tapings. Removes sutures in post-op patient using aseptic technique.Transports patient by wheelchair or gurney. Lifts patient as needed using proper body mechanics. Initiates skin care following removal of immobilization.
  • Explains procedure or examination to patient, checking level of understanding. Allays patient fears and anxieties associated with equipment and procedures to elicit cooperation. Distributes patient information handout on care of cast. Documents same in patient medical record.
  • Assures that supply/application fees are charged properly on outpatient visit records as well as ancillary forms for inpatients.
  • Assists physician, physician assistant, other orthopedic technicians or nursing staff with treatments. Removes sutures in post-op patient using aseptic techniques. Measures and applies knee braces to include anterior/posterior cruciate ligament sports braces as well as range of motion braces for Sports Medicine Clinic according to orthopedists' specifications. Applies total contact amputation cast for vascular compromised/diabetic patients under direct supervision of orthopedist. Applies and removes splints, appliances, bandages, and tapings. Provides help with cast removals/applications on infants and toddlers.
  • Attends orthopedic lectures/conferences. Maintains current knowledge of terminology and procedures. Participates in educational programs. Attends mandatory in-services.
  • Rotates stock. Returns outdated sterile supplies to Central Supply for re-autoclaving or EO sterilizing. Promotes conservative use of supplies.
  • Employs universal precautions with every procedure. Assesses proper disposal of drainage-soaked dressings and casts in Ecolobag.
  • Soaks, scrubs, counts, and prepares instruments for sterilization daily using body/fluid precaution guidelines. Cleans cast cutters. Removes vacuum bags. Changes cutter blades to maintain equipment at optimum level of function and safety.
  • Assure the Cast room is maintained in clean and orderly condition with emphasis on safety at all times for patients as well as staff and providers.
  • Collects daily work assignment sheets. Logs productivity.
  • Notifies attending physicians or nursing manager of problems regarding patient care. Reports safety hazards. Initiates appropriate action.
  • Accepts adjustments in assignments. Establishes priorities as indicated by patient and/or unit needs. Responds to orthopedist on-call to immobilize ER patients during day.
  • Greets patients in professional, pleasant, courteous manner, using first and last name. Directs, escorts, or wheels patient into exam room.
  • Other technical or administrative tasks as required. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and the level of work being performed by the individuals assigned to this position and, as such, are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of orthopedic technician experience OR two (2) years experience assisting with with orthopedic procedures including splinting, applying braces, removing and applying dressings, removal of sutures
  • Graduate of medical assistant program OR two (2) years of experience in a directly related field.
License, Certification, Registration
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification.

Additional Requirements:
  • Basic typing skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in adaptability, change management, customer service, interpersonal relations, oral communication, and teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in word processing, spreadsheet, and database PC applications.
  • Certified Orthopaedic Technologist (OTC) by the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT).
April A. Estes
Senior Recruiter
720-439-2609 Direct

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