Orthopedic Technician

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 10-19-2017
The Orthopedic Technologist performs patient care activities under the supervision of attending physicians and senior residents from the Department of Orthopedics.   This technician assists the orthopedic surgeon with preventing and correcting disorders of the locomotor structures of the body, including the skeleton, muscles, joints, ligaments and cartilage through the correct application of specific equipment and techniques. This individual also is responsible for the care and maintenance of hospital wide traction and other orthopedic equipment for the proper charging and billing of bedside orthopedic procedures.
Interact(s) with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other healthcare providers, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Fabricates adjusts and removes orthopaedic devices.
Applies mobilization and immobilization devices.
Applies skin, skeletal and manual traction.
Participates in making rounds on all orthopedic patients.
Serves as technical advisor to the hospital personnel in matters pertaining to orthopedic devices and equipment.
Maintains cast room and presence in Emergency Department while assisting residents where appropriate.
Documents all adjustments to orthopaedic equipment being utilized for patient care.
Adheres to and implements established hospital policies and procedures of the work place.
Maintains appropriate level of inventory of all orthopedic equipment and supplies.
Applies, adjusts and removes casts and splints, e.g. long leg casts and splints, cylinder casts and forearm splints for patients as directed by physicians/physician assistants and residents.
Assists in the positioning of patients on traction table and beach table, etc before procedures.
Takes necessary measurements (i.e. grip strength, leg lengths).
Removes sutures, staples, Steinman pins and K-wires.
Changes dressing and care for wounds.
Records patient’s blood pressure, pulse and weight.
Assists Orthopedic Surgeon in reduction of fractures.
Assists in making follow-up appointments and consultation appointments with other specialists for patients.
Measures and fits patients for braces and other orthopaedic devices.
Instructs patient in pre and post-operative care.
Instructs patient in proper care of cast.
Cleans and stocks patient exam and treatment rooms.
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
Knowledge of fracture healing and complications.
Knowledge of wound healing and complications.
Knowledge of the principles of aseptic techniques.
Knowledge of environmental safety and precautions.
Knowledge of application and use of orthopaedic equipment and supplies.
Knowledge in maintenance and ordering of orthopedic equipment and supplies.
Knowledge of legal, moral and ethical responsibilities of an Orthopedic Technician.
Knowledge in the implementation of cost containment measures.
Adherence to and implementation of established hospital policies and procedures of the work place.
Ability to articulate descriptions of orthopaedic conditions based on the understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another.
Ability to apply, adjust, and remove all common orthopaedic devices, using a manual or standard practice as a guide.
Knowledge of theory and application of skin or skeletal traction.
Knowledge of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change, removal of sutures or staples, Steinman pins and K-wires.
Ability to interpret simple fractures and dislocations on X-ray films.
Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the
Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.
High School graduation or GED.
Training in at least one of the following categories must be met:
  1. At least two (2) years full-time work experience in a hospital, clinic, or office, or as an independent contractor working directly in the care of the orthopedic patient, and certification by The National Board of Certification for Orthopedic Technologists (NBCOT).
  2. Completion of an orthopedic technology training program and certification by NBCOT.
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 25lbs ), stoop, kneel, bend, pull, push, reach, handle, write, type, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, compare, edit, evaluate interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
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