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Orthopedic Assistant

Job Dutes and Responsibilites: 
  1. Philosophy
    • Supports the facility’s ideology, mission, goals, and objectives
    • Performs in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures
    • Follows the facility’s standards for ethical business conduct
    • Recognizes patients’ rights and responsibilities and supports them in performance of job duties
    • Participates in facility committees, meetings, in-services, and activities
    • Seeks out additional assignments and duties
  2. Work Quality
    • Performs duties in an accurate and organized manner
    • Adheres to policies and procedures in performance of duties
    • Ensures knowledge of job and asks questions when unsure
    • Completes duties within appropriate timeframes
  3. Personal Attributes
    • Shows initiative and dependability including punctuality and attendance
    • Displays good judgment
    • Cooperates and is flexible
    • Follows appropriate dress code presenting a professional image
  4. Customer Service
    • Fosters a culture of outstanding patient service showing courtesy in interactions with patients, physicians and co-workers
    • Presents good telephone skills 
    • Responds promptly to patient needs and co-worker requests
  5. Communication and Teamwork
    • Expected to be a positive and responsible team member with a good attitude
    • Presents good oral and written communication (documentation) skills
  6. Professional competence
    • Participates in continuing education and other learning experiences
    • Shares knowledge gained in continuing education with staff
    • Seeks new learning experiences by accepting challenging opportunities and responsibilities
    • Welcomes suggestions and recommendations
    • Maintains current CPR certification
  7. Orthopedic Assistant duties
    • Patient care responsibilities as assigned, which may include scheduling and organizing patient flow, accompanying patients to exam/procedure room, assist patients with changing to exam gowns,  and transfer to exam table if needed
    • Assess patient’s general condition and collect patient history
    • Document health history, activities, medication dispensed/prescribed, etc., in the medical record
    • Provide basic patient care as ordered by physician and assist physician with various procedures
    • Provides patient education materials, communicates physician advice/instructions to patient
    • Cast and splint application and removal
    • Fit patients with braces, boots, other DME as ordered by physician
    • Wound dressing changes
    • Prepare injections
    • Suture and staple removal
    • Sterile tray set-ups
    • Obtain lab/x-ray reports
    • Schedule surgery, hospital procedures and pre- and post-op appointments
    • Schedule MRI, CT scans, labs, etc.
    • Schedule referrals to other physicians
    • Perform ECG studies
    • Clean and stock exam rooms
    • Adheres to infection control/safety guidelines and confidentiality policies
    • Compliance with HIPAA, OSHA and Red Flag Rules
  1. Cooperative work attitude toward co-employees, management, patients, visitors, and physicians
  2. Ability to promote favorable facility image with physicians, patients, hospitals, other physician offices, and general public
  3. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  4. Work effectively as team member with physicians and other staff
  5. Appropriately interact with patients, families, and others
  6. Ability to flexibly respond to changing demands
  7. Must have a flexible work schedule with the ability to work late some days and work through the lunch break on busy clinic days
  1. High school diploma or GED certificate
  2. LPN, CMA, CST preferred or equivalent experience - prefer current state license or national certification
  3. Good communication skills
Physical/Mental Requirements:
  1. Varied activities including sitting, standing, walking, stooping, lifting, bending, reaching
  2. Must be able to use appropriate body mechanics techniques when making necessary patient transfers and helping patients with walking, dressing, etc.  Must be able to life up to 30 pounds
  3. Occasional stress from workload
  4. Must be able to use a variety of office equipment including phone, copy machine, writing instruments, pc, fax and medical equipment including stethoscope, ECG, blood pressure cuff, and cast saw equipment.
Disclaimer: Please note that this sample job description is intended to serve only as a guide.  It is important to note that state laws may vary regarding requirements concerning scope of practice, care, and/or service across different settings.  Prior to using this document, you should consult the appropriate state agency for any applicable state rules and regulations.

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