Hospital plaster technician - Salary and Career
Orthopedic immobilization technicians

Hospital plaster technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They make and remove plastered appliances, plastered splints (gutters, gutters) and bandages using conventional and synthetic material (glass fiber resin). They perform immobilizations with the use of tape and digital splints (immobilizations for the fingers). They prepare and perform skin tractions, assist the orthopedic doctor in the installation of skeletal tractions and manual reduction maneuvers. They can prepare a room for small procedures outside the operating room, such as small sutures and local anesthesia for manual reduction maneuvers, punctures and infiltrations. Communicate orally and in writing with users and healthcare professionals.

How much does an Hospital plaster technician earn

A Hospital plaster technician earns between $1.245 and $3.183 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.744 and a median salary of $1.633 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 1.255 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Hospital plaster technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.744 20.922 436 9
1º Quartile 1.245 14.943 311 7
Median Salary 1.633 19.592 408 9
3º Quartile 2.428 29.134 607 13
Higher Salary 3.183 38.202 796 17

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • orthopedic immobilization technicians

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Main workplaces

Orthopedic immobilization technicians they work in hospitals, health posts, clinics and companies linked to health and/or social services. They work individually or together with medical teams, with permanent supervision by doctors. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, who work during the day, at night and in shifts. Sometimes, they are exposed to toxic material and intense noise, depending on the activity performed.

What does it take to work in the field of Orthopedic immobilization technicians

The exercise of the occupation requires high school education, plus a professionalization course of two hundred to four hundred class hours. In general, these professionals have a long learning experience on the job. The education requirement applies to those who are entering the market and without previous proven experience, which can vary from one to two years. Specific professional training for orthopedic immobilization technicians is recent.

Functions and activities of Hospital plaster technician

Orthopedic immobilization technicians must:

  • organize the immobilization room;
  • prepare the patient and the procedure;
  • organize the assets room;
  • work safely;
  • remove immobilization;
  • remove the immobilization;
  • perform additional procedures;
  • make the immobilization;
  • create the immobilization;
  • making immobilization;
  • communicate;
  • prepare the patient and procedure;
  • making the immobilization;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • make the immobilization;

  • Activities

    • split the plaster cast;
    • display cordiality;
    • remove plaster cast with orthopedic scalpel;
    • providing the cleaning of the room;
    • supervise team;
    • keep the environment ventilated;
    • remove bandages;
    • maintain ergonomic posture;
    • check the conditions of the area to be immobilized;
    • remove plaster cast with vibrating electric saw;
    • receive the patient;
    • making adhesive;
    • report patient complaints to the physician;
    • update yourself professionally;
    • submit periodic medical examinations;
    • reinforce plaster cast;
    • ensure the organization of the room;
    • check the sufficiency of physical space in the immobilization room;
    • cut out plaster cast with shears;
    • take vaccinations;
    • assist the orthopedic doctor in immobilization in the operating room;
    • confirm the integrity of the inpatients' immobilizations;
    • place orthopedic heel;
    • show patience;
    • store sharps for disposal;
    • work as a team;
    • perform asepsis of the site to be immobilized;
    • remove plaster residues from the patient;
    • attention to the psychological conditions of the patient and the companion;
    • assist the orthopedist in skeletal reductions and tractions;
    • prepare material and instruments for medical procedures;
    • show discernment;
    • position the patient;
    • evaluate the conditions of use of the material and instruments;
    • check the existence of the equipment;
    • making immobilization devices with synthetic materials;
    • protect the patient with a screen, sheet, apron, curtain and others;
    • take care of personal appearance;
    • open window in plaster cast;
    • instruct the person in charge about the removal of congenital clubfoot casts;
    • work with professional ethics;
    • remove metal splints;
    • know how to listen;
    • demonstrate respect in the relationship with the patient;
    • request material from the storeroom, laundry, pharmacy and surgical center;
    • exercise initiative;
    • explain to the patient the procedure for removing the plaster cast;
    • remove synthetic braces;
    • making skin tractions;
    • make sure, with the patient, about the place to be immobilized ;
    • advise the patient on the use and maintenance of immobilization;
    • create the cervical collar;
    • read the prescription;
    • authorize or not the entry of a companion;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • check the patient for material allergies;
    • control stock;
    • technically dialogue with professionals from various health areas;
    • register technical information;
    • making circular plastered appliances;
    • remove splint and or plastered gutter;
    • prepare stump modeling;
    • reveal aesthetic sense;
    • forward the patient to the doctor for evaluation of immobilization;
    • release the area to be immobilized from rings and other ornaments;
    • making a metal splint;
    • inform the doctor about the conditions of the area to be immobilized;
    • estimate the amount of material to be used;
    • bivalve the plaster cast;
    • package the material;
    • confirm the prescription with the doctor;
    • wear ppe (gloves, mask, apron, goggles and ear protection);
    • demonstrate self-confidence;
    • making bandages;
    • register on-call report;
    • making plastered gutters;
    • curl the plaster cast;
    • protect the physical integrity of the patient;
    • analyze the type of immobilization based on the medical prescription;
    • give first aid;

    Sectors that hire Hospital plaster technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • health management support activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • outpatient care activities
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • health plans
    • activities of healthcare professionals
    • other human health care activities

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