For those of you out there who are considering careers in healthcare, there are so many options available to you. Many people assume that it takes years and years of schooling to get a job in the medical field, but that is not the case. One job of those jobs is a registered orthopedic technologist – but what exactly is it?
As an aspiring physician with a background in neuroscience, Usher Khan currently works as a medical assistant and registered orthopedic technologist (ROT). Today he shares some more information about the job.
Orthopedic surgery deals with conditions and deformities of the bones and muscles. As an ROT, you will be assisting the orthopedic surgeon, and will be required to perform the following tasks:
- Applying and removing casts
- Fitting patients for braces, crutches, prostheses, canes, etc
- Removal of dressing
- Removing medical staples, sutures, etc
- Applying splints and bandages
- Work with the surgeon in the operating room
- Prepping patients for surgery
- Check for injuries on x-rays
- Prepping plaster for casts
- Educating patients about aftercare