Orthopedic Technologists are medically trained individuals who work under the direction of the Orthopaedic Surgeons and/or in collaboration with other members of the health care team of professionals. They provide care to clients with orthopaedic conditions through the application, adjustment and removal of a variety of casts, splints, braces and traction fittings. Orthopedic Technologists perform casting services in hospitals, clinics and private orthopaedic practices. The duties of Orthopedic Technologists vary from one place of employment to another and may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Dressing removal – assess the condition of the wounds prior to cast applications. Consult with physicians for further orders when problems are identified. Debride wounds as directed
- Cast application – (including specialized casts, fracture braces, body casts, halo body casts) using plaster or synthetic materials. This involves adjusting, removing, repairing, bi-valving, wedging and windowing casts
- Measure and fit patients for orthopaedic devices and ambulatory aids. Instruct patients regarding care and proper use. Assist in the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction (skin, skeletal and manual). This includes patient education and traction therapy
- Remove sutures, staples and pins related to external fixation
- Fabricate and apply splints and bandages (ie, finger splints, valpeau bandages, pressure dressings, humeral splints, knee splints, etc.)
- Instruct patient/family in the care of the cast, splint or brace as well as skin care. Reinforce the teaching of the medical information given by the physician regarding the specific injury, treatment plan and anticipated results
- Collaborate with other health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as required
- Establish effective helping relationships with patient and family
- Maintain dignity and confidentiality
- Maintain accurate notes and records
- Participate in ongoing education and development
- Provide cast care instructions
The following decription of responsibilities and duties are intended to provide the essential functions of the position. Additional responsibilities may be added, as appropriate.
Successful completion of the R.O.T. (Registered Orthopedic Technologist) examination and practical component, awarded by ASOP (American Society Orthopedic Professionals).