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POST DATE 8/12/2016
END DATE 10/12/2016

University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
High School Diploma or GED


Job Title:
Orthopaedic Technician

UCLA Title:
Orthopedic Tchn

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Work Hours:
M-F Days

Work Location:
Santa Monica and Westwood, CA.

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The 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.

The Clinic Supervisor will be the primary supervisor. The attending physician with whom the Ortho Tech works will be a secondary supervisor

SPECIALIZED TASKS 50%: Ortho Tech s often provides support for various ancillary services offered in the Orthopaedic clinic. These duties include:

* Reviews patients Orthopaedic and other medical history as recorded in the medical record and ensure 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,) using plaster, fiberglass, or synthetic materials. This involves adjusting, removing, repairing, bivalve, 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, 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.


Interviews new patients regarding Orthopaedic history and ensures patient s chief complaint is documented.Interpret simple fractures and dislocations on X-ray films.

* Ensuring appropriate supplies, equipment, and forms are available

* Checks patients vital signs

ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS 25% : Assists the physician with administrative support tasks, including:

Rooming patients.Cleans and stocks patient examination and treatment rooms

* 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 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 daily basis.

* Assists in the maintenance of inventory of forms used in back office area.

* Attends medical, nursing, and administrative meetings.

* Other duties as assigned.


Will accept current Medical Assistant with at least 6 months of full time casting experience and R.O.T Certificate or Current graduate of an approved Orthopaedic Technician program. High School graduate or equivalent. At least 6 months of full-time work experience in a hospital, clinic or office setting working directly in the treatment of the Orthopaedic patient(s) preferred. 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.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.Adherence to and implementation of established hospital policies and procedures of the work place. Previous cast/splinting experience is preferred.Possession of a current and valid Registered Orthopaedic Technologist certificate required.

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