Since 1969, OCR has been local and physician-owned with strong ties to the community. With talented, hardworking, and friendly staff, we work toward the common goal of serving residents of CO, WY, and NE with specialty-focused care. We are experiencing tremendous growth and are adding talented people in all of our locations!
The Cast Technician is responsible for assisting in orthopedic care in the cast room for patients requiring immobilization.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the education and experience identified below and be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily, either with or without a reasonable accommodation. The below is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job and is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists the physician in procedures including the application of plaster and fiberglass casts; instructs patients in cast care, including danger signs.
- Applies casts, removes casts, and allays patients' fears regarding cast removal.
- Understands and practices aseptic technique; sets up and assists with minor surgical procedures.
- Performs sterile prep on limb or part as necessary for special procedures, (i.e., joint aspirations, arthrogram x-ray studies, etc.) Assists in the preparation of blocks and assists in the reduction of fractures.
- Removes sutures and applies dressings.
- Fits custom bracing.
- Teaches patient proper methods for a crutch, cane, and walker ambulation.
- Instructs patient and assists them in the performance of specific exercises as directed by the orthopedic surgeon.
- Maintains inventory of orthopedic supplies and reorders, as necessary.
- Ensures the timely and accurate procurement of supplies, services, and equipment for the cast area.
- Assists in helping other clinic staff when there is available time (histories, scheduling procedures, stocking rooms etc.).
- Covers as backup to purchasing staff (i.e. when purchasing is absent) with receiving, inspecting, and verifying incoming supplies and equipment with corresponding purchase orders.
- Prices and stocks incoming supplies on shelf.
- Responsible to adequately use the time clock and notify the supervisor if additional information is needed for pay sheet.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- Graduation from an Orthopedic Technician program; equivalent on-the-job training and experience working in this field may be substituted for a college degree.
- Demonstrated knowledge of all types of orthopedic surgery and state of the art of cast management including all types of current forms of immobilization from plaster cast technique to the latest types of plastic and fiberglass casting, bracing and orthosis.
- Demonstrated knowledge of musculoskeletal system, anatomy and physiology as related to fractures, fracture care and various anomalies. Understands orthopedic disease processes and their effect on the musculoskeletal system.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Oral and Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information; ability to communicate with clients or customers.
- Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting.
- Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
- Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.
- Confidentiality - Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. Adheres to HIPAA guidelines.
Independence of Action
Work is closely monitored by supervisor/manager; detailed instructions and procedures are generally provided.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Position requires acceptable motor vehicle driving history, valid and free from restrictions, and must have a valid driver’s license and appropriate vehicle insurance coverage. Ability to travel between all OCR locations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
(The phrases “occasionally”, “regularly”, and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to one-third of working time, “regularly” means between half and two-thirds of working time, and “frequently” means two-thirds and more of working time.)
- The work environment is the typical medical office environment. The employee must be able to complete their work satisfactorily in an environment where there are significant distractions, including staff, patients, and vendors walking through and conversing, telephones ringing, conversations carrying over, loud noises, and interruptions to answer questions from others.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls up to 8 hours per day. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear up to 8 hours per day. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl up to 8 hours a day.
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and should do so in a sound and safe manner. The employee will regularly assist patients in turning; will frequently assist patient in arising from exam table; will frequently push wheelchair patients; and frequently assists patients in arising from and returning to wheelchair or bed.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Medical, Dental Vision coverage
- Life and AD&D Insurance
- Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Retirement savings and profit sharing plan participation
- Continuing Medical Education (depending on position)
- Paid Time Off
*Benefit eligibility is dependent on employment status, and a waiting period may apply.
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. OCR is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual experience and qualifications, without regard to a person's race, color, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other protected status