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Lead Orthopedic Technician

Department Description: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID−Needham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital. BID−Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety, including the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission and a first-place Accountable Care Compass Award from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA).
BID−Needham is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.
BID Needham has had a direct affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2000, facilitating the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics, pathology, as well as many surgical services and oncology housed in the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion.

Job Location: Needham, MA

Req ID: 41581BR

Job Summary: The Lead Orthopedic Tech provides daily direction and mentorship to the Ortho Techs in the department. Adheres to policies, procedures and regulations to ensure compliance and patient safety. Responsible for fabricating, fitting, adjusting and removing mobilization and immobilization devices used in the treatment of a wide variety of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. Reports to referring physicians for patient care issues and to the Director for administrative and programmatic issues.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Applies, fits, adjusts and removes simple and moderately complex plaster and synthetic braces, casts, splints and assistive devices.
  2. Chooses appropriate casting materials considering patient's age, activity level, cognition and ability to perform skin care.
  3. Assists physicians in a wide range of sterile and non-sterile clinic and bedside procedures: removal of wires, pins, fixators, dressing or cast changes.
  4. Educates other providers both inter and intra departmentally about casting, splinting, traction techniques, and other aspects of orthopedic technology.
  5. Trains other providers to carry out or assist with specific procedures
  6. Acts as a resource, consultant and educator for staff regarding multiple aspects of orthopedic technology, selection of appropriate appliances, etc.
  7. Instructs patients, families, caregivers or co-workers in the proper care and maintenance of casts, splints and orthopedic appliances and precautions for wear.
  8. Trains patients to ambulate using assistive device on even and uneven surfaces. Trains and develops all Orthopedic Techs at BIDN. Oversees and standardizes all competencies.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Vocational or Technical training in Orthpedic Technology required.
  2. Certificate 1 Basic Life Support required.
  3. 3-5 years related work experience required.
  4. Advanced level of skill and knowledge of application, adjustment and removal of all types of casts, splints and other orthopedic devices required.
  5. Thorough knowledge of basic human anatomy and techniques to align fractured bones or position body parts for proper casting; fracture healing and complications; wound healing and complications; principles of aseptic techniques; principles of skin care as generally acquired with 2+ years of related experience.
  6. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.
EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more about this requirement

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