The Orthotist provides support for appropriate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and treatment through comprehensive examinations of patients and assessments of their individual needs and desires. The Orthotist supports patient adherence to prescribed treatment plans by recommending, fitting, and modifying orthoses and related Durable Medical Equipment (DME) or Home Medical Equipment (HME). They also oversee the formulation of a treatment plan. The home base for this position is in Mount Juliet, TN at the Vanderbilt Health Supply Chain Solutions office.Department Summary:
Carefluent Connect is a wholly owned, for-profit, subsidiary of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Our vision is to support Health and Care by offering a coordinated, efficient and effective approach to the provision of services; personalized to meet the needs of the patient. Our primary service line is supporting the DME and HME needs of patients as they transition from VUMC care into the home. This requires a talented staff with skillsets in managing referrals, inventory management, customer service, billing, collections and the technology needed to support it. Additional service offerings include patient transportation, nutritional needs and other innovative ideas that support our vision. Carefluent Connect is a start-up business allowing the staff to set the course and culture as well as providing the opportunity to play a key role in this exciting start-up venture as part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
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- Communicates and interacts with clinicians, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings as a subject matter expert to support orthotic treatment plans.
- Conducts complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.
- Assesses patients for indications/contra-indications; reviews assessments with clinicians to establish, revise, or amend patient treatment plans.
- Considers new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications.
- Recognizes physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life-threatening implications.
- Completes design, component selection, measurement of the patient, fabrication (as necessary), and fitting of the device to the patient.
- Properly documents patient records.
- Provides continuing support and periodic examination of the patient and the orthotic device to assess fit, function and changing needs of the patient.
- Instructs or educates patients and caregivers on the proper care and use of provided equipment.
- Uses company fleet vehicles to conduct in-home or outpatient assessments.
- Performs duties and responsibilities with indirect supervision and must frequently make independent decisions
- The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
- 2 years relevant experience
- Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) in Orthotics and Prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program; OR A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program
- American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) Required
ORTHOPAEDICS (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery of Orthopaedics in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
TREATMENT IMPLEMENTATION (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery in providing treatment consistent with physician prescription and established plan of care. Able to modify treatment plan as needed to demonstrate provision of skilled therapy services including progression of treatment throughout course of care, and revision of treatment interventions of goals not met. Supervises and directs certified athletic trainers (PT only), physical therapist / occupational therapist assistants, technicians and volunteers and students. Selects and follows correct protocol for care, as established, and actively seek out, utilize and mentor/teach others on current evidence based treatment strategies. May consult with team members to offer suggestions for treatment strategies. May serve as a clinical content expert for practice area, initiates consultation with team members for advanced treatment of patients, develop forum for staff members to utilize clinical expertise.
PATIENT DOCUMENTATION (INTERMEDIATE):- The ability to receive and record patient information.
INVENTORY MANAGEMENT (NOVICE):- Monitors material movement into and out of stock, reconciles inventory balances, and maintains adequate inventory levels.
CUSTOMER SERVICE (FUNDAMENTAL AWARENESS):- A continuing focus on the needs and requirements of customers, anticipating their needs, remaining sensitive to customers while performing services for them, responsive to customer needs.
Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
- Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.
- Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
- Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
- Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
- Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
- Occasional: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces
- Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
- Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
- Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
- Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
- Occasional: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
- Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
- Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
- Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
- Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
- Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
- Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.
- Continuous: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.
- Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
- Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
- Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
- Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.
- Frequent: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.
- Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.
- ENVIRONMENTAL STERILITY & SAFETY (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery of environmental sterility and safety in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering environmental sterility and safety services without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving technical instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
- EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE - (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery of preventive maintenance in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully maintaining equipment, products, or systems without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to conduct predictive maintenance on core products and equipment.
- SURGICAL EQUIPMENT KNOWLEDGE (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery of the equipment and related devices. Has solid knowledge of performance criteria. Able to use the equipment to accomplish advanced tasks associated with the specific devices. Easily resolves equipment problems.
- INVENTORY CONTROL (INTERMEDIATE):- Demonstrates mastery of inventory control in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
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