Mar 26, 2020

Sr. Orthopedic Tech - Full Time

  • UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Full time

Job Description

ResponsibilitiesThe Orthopaedic Technician is responsible for providing assistance to patients and physicians in the full scope of Orthopaedic services. The duties involve specialized patient care tasks, including casting, dressing changes, measurement and fitting of orthopaedic braces and other devices and ambulatory aids and patient education. Additionally, the technician will be required to complete routine patient care tasks so physicians and other clinic staff can attend to other clinical and administrative functions including knowledge of Care Connect. Senior Orthopaedic Technician will be required to rotate to all Orthopaedic Surgery Clinics as needed, including After Hours Clinic. This is a rotating shift Monday thru Friday which the employee is required to rotate within all department clinics. This shift is required to open and close clinics. Specialized Tasks: An Orthopaedic Technician provides support for specialized services offered in the Orthopaedic clinic. These duties include: Interviews new patients regarding orthopaedic history and ensures patient’s chief complaint is documented.Reviews patients’ orthopaedic and other medical history as recorded in the medical record and ensures documentation is completed before physician arrives in the room. Articulating observations of the patient’s orthopaedic complaints to the physician. Applies and removes casts (including specialized casts, fracture braces, external fixators) using plaster, fiberglass, or synthetic materials.This involves adjusting, removing, repairing, bi-valving, wedging and windowing of casts. Removes and changes dressings assessing the condition of wounds prior to cast applications.Consults with physician for further orders when problems are identified. Application, adjustment, and removal of braces, splints (knee, elbow, ankle, Pavlik Harness, Bebax shoes, etc.) and other durable medical equipment. Instructs patient/family in the care of the cast, splint or brace as well as skin care. Provides discharge instructions and reinforces the teaching of the medical information provided by the physician regarding the specific injury, treatment plan and anticipated results. Removes sutures and staples. Injection preparation. Interpret simple fractures and dislocations on X-ray films. Take necessary measurements (leg length/circumferences, grip and pinch strengths) Knowledge of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change, removal of Steinman pins, K-wires and in setting up surgical fields Knowledge of theory and application of skin, skeletal and manual traction Medical Assistance: Always exercise courtesy whenever patients, family members, visitors and co-workers are present. Respect privacy and dignity of our patients, family members, visitors and co-workers. Maintain professionalism in the presence of patients, their families, visitors and co-workers Observe departmental Patient Experience plan, competencies and practices. Act as a role model, verbally and behaviorally demonstrating skill, enthusiasm, positive problem solving, commitment and loyalty to the profession and the organization. Participate in positive problem solving by providing suggestions and possible solutions to identified concerns/problems in the work place. Rooming patients Prepping the patient for physician clinic visit Ensuring appropriate supplies, equipment, and forms are available Checks patients’ vital signs Cleans and stocks patient examination and treatment rooms May need to assist physicians with certain in-clinic medical procedures when requested Administrative Tasks: Assists the physician with administrative support tasks, including: Documents medical record within scope of practice and at direction of the attending physician. Ensures proper insurance authorization is in the medical record before ancillary clinic tasks or medical procedures are performed. Assists in managing patient flow by taking patients to exam rooms and transferring to ancillary areas (i.e., cast room, DME room, etc) Assists physician in documenting clinical care provided to the patient, and accurately records patient exam data in medical record where appropriate. Reviews patient clinical charts at least two days before clinic ensuring all information is properly noted and information properly collected for the patient’s exam. Assists maintenance of inventory of clinical stock and supplies and orders as needed on a monthly basis via reporting clinical needs to CMA responsible for clinical stock. Assists in the maintenance of inventory of forms used in back office area. Attends medical, nursing, and administrative meetings. Other duties as assigned to inlcude, but not limited to provide back-up support to the DXA techs as needed to cover vacation, sick or other outages for those who are certified DXA techs. Computer knowledge to include use of Word, Excel and Care Connect. QualificationsOrthopedic Technician with certification by either NBCOT or ASOP required. At least two-years full-time work experience in either a hospital, clinic or office setting working directly in the treatment of the orthopedic patient(s). Working knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. Ability to triage medical problems within scope of job responsibilities. Ability to take direction from physicians and medical providers and work collaboratively with other staff members. Ability to follow through on assignments while helping to facilitate the organization, prioritization, and completion of all clinic tasks through collaboration with other clinic staff. Skill at working independently and prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner. Interpersonal skills to deal with patients, staff and volunteers of diverse educational, economical and cultural backgrounds. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Ability to work in busy setting with conflicting demands. Professional and enthusiastic attitude and demeanor with a belief in patient-centered care. Adherence to and implementation of established hospital policies and procedures of the work place. Previous cast/splinting experience is required. UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. 74546364.jpgi?e=se&tv=pixel_tracker&p=web&aid=uclahealth&se_ca=misc&se_ac=impression&se_la=1944