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Orthotics Fitter - Certified - Prosthetics and Orthotics, Full-time in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 4/1/2019

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Job Description

General Summary

The Orthotics Fitter - Certified will provide care to patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine by fitting and preparing devices known as orthoses, under the direction of and in consultation with a physician. The Certified Fitter-Orthotics will evaluate, fit, deliver, and provide follow-up care for patients requiring a specific subset of prefabricated orthoses that are within the scope of practice of a Certified Fitter-Orthotics, as outlined in the current ABC Scope of Practice.

  1. The Orthotics Fitter - Certified will consistently demonstrate support of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab statement of Vision, Mission and Core Values by striving for excellence, contributing to the team efforts and showing respect and compassion for patients and their families, fellow employees, and all others with whom there is contact at or in the interest of the institute.

The Orthotics Fitter - Certified will demonstrate Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Core Attributes: Communication, Accountability, Flexibility/Adaptability, Judgment/Problem Solving, Customer Service and Core Values (Hope, Compassion, Discovery, Collaboration, & Commitment to Excellence) while fulfilling job duties.

Principal Responsibilities

The Orthotics Fitter - Certified:

  1. Provides patient care through the following:
  • Evaluates patients for prefabricated orthoses based upon a physician order.
  • Acquires physical assessment data, such as measurements, for proper selection of prefabricated orthoses.
  • Performs fittings, including adjustments to accommodate individual anatomic contours, as well as static and dynamic alignment of devices.
  • Provides care and use education to patients and family members.
  • Documents patient care in the electronic medical records system.
  • Monitors financial clearance status of patient cases and takes next steps accordingly.
  • Answers patient calls efficiently and effectively resolves patient problems or concerns.
  • Services patient needs across the SRAlab continuum of care and its locations, including outpatient sites, day rehabilitation sites, inpatient units, and on-call as necessary or required by the department.
  1. May assist in the provision of specific custom orthoses under the supervision of a Certified Orthotist, as specified in the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC) privileging guidelines.
  2. Works as a team with technicians and residents in activities related to the fitting, delivery, and maintenance of orthoses.
  3. Supports the P&O residency program by allowing residents to shadow and assist with patient care.
  4. Presents continuing education programs regarding orthoses to health care professionals.
  5. Assists in training, scheduling, and effective utilization of clinical and technical staff at SRAlab.
  6. Monitors inventory of all required departmental supplies.
  7. Monitors quality control, OSHA, ABC, and Joint Commission compliance related to all facets of patient care in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  8. Keeps director abreast of issues related to patient care and operational problems, recommending options for resolution.
  9. Performs all other duties that may be assigned in the best interest of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.



Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to the Clinical Operations Manager, Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Job Requirements

  1. Work requires the level of knowledge normally acquired by completing an Associate of Arts program and completing a CAAHEP or NCOPE accredited orthotic fitter pre-certification education course and 1,000 hours of patient care.
  2. Must be a Certified Fitter-Orthotics (CFo) by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics.
  3. Ability to perform the technical skills required for the position.
  4. Demonstrates competency in understanding the growth and development of infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients as measured by specific performance standards and as described by department/unit policies and procedures.
  5. Demonstrates the ability to interpret growth and development related information to assure patient needs are met.
  6. Analytical ability is required to gather information from patient evaluations and recommend solutions to technical and administrative problems.
  7. Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with patients and staff at all levels.
  8. Refined computer skills and/or familiarity with electronic medical records. Specifically minimum proficiency with MS Office products (i.e. Outlook, Excel, etc.) and adequate typing skills.

Working Conditions

  1. Normal patient care environment with exposure to dust, loud noises, offensive odors, fumes, and occasional extreme temperature.
  2. Exposure to infectious diseases when working with patients.
  3. May include exposure to community, home, work, school, and off-site clinic settings.
  4. May include the requirement to drive to off-site clinic settings.
  5. Requires lifting of up to 50 lbs.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

SRAlab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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