Orthopedic immobilization technician - Salary and Career
Orthopedic immobilization technicians

Orthopedic immobilization 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 Orthopedic immobilization technician earn

A Orthopedic immobilization 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 Averwage.com 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 Orthopedic immobilization 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 Orthopedic immobilization technician

Orthopedic immobilization technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Orthopedic immobilization 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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