The Orthopedic Specialist's primary function is to support the Orthopedic Surgeon with patient care as directed and also has the ability and training to perform basic medical assistant duties and front desk specialist duties as needed.As a member of the Orthopedic Team, the Specialist delivers patient care and assumes appropriate responsibilities concerning non-surgical procedures. The Specialist assists the Orthopedic Surgeon with clinical patient care including: casting, scheduling of surgical and diagnostic procedures, managing patient care during a clinic (including patient flow through the exam and X-ray rooms), answering patient inquiries, and fielding messages and requests directed to the surgeon. In addition, the Technician Specialist is frequently called upon to triage patient phone calls regarding symptoms, urgency of their injury/illness, and immediate care to manage pain/injuries prior to coming in for an appointment. The Specialist may also assist with rooming patients, taking vital signs, obtains history of chief complaint for visit. On occasion the Technician Specialist may assist with front desk duties such as greeting and registering patients.
EDUCATION: High School Graduate or equivalent.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSES: Certification through the National Board for Certified Orthopedic Technologists (NBCOT) or Registration through the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals (ASOP) required. Medical Assistant Certification is acceptable until Certification as Ortho Technologist is obtained. BLS issued through American Heart Association is required.
Ability to describe various orthopaedic conditions based on an understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another.
Ability to apply, adjust and remove common orthopaedic devices, using standard practice as a guide.
Knowledge of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change and the removal of sutures or staples.
Ability to interpret simple fractures and dislocations on X-ray films.
Understanding of clinic and environmental safety and precautions
Thorough working knowledge of musculoskeletal system
Demonstrated knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with principles of aseptic techniques
Basic knowledge of application and use of orthopaedic equipment and supplies
Effective communication skills
Excellent customer service skills
Desired Skill: Ability to perform in an operating room environment as first and second assistant or scrub technician under the direct supervision of a surgeon
Desired Skill: Ability to supervise and train other certified or eligible Orthopedic Technologists.
EXPERIENCE: One year full-time work experience in a hospital, clinic or office setting, working directly in the treatment of orthopedic patient(s) preferred.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION:
-Responsible to: Site Manager, Orthopaedic Clinic
- Bloodborne pathogen: A
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Lifts, transfers and positions patients and equipment in excess of 150 pounds. Some positioning or lifting of patients up to 300 pounds.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.