Profession prosthetist-orthotist

Prosthetist-orthotists design and custom fit prostheses and orthoses for individuals who are missing a limb from accident, disease or congenital conditions or for individuals who have impairments, deficiences or weaknesses due to injury, pathology or congenital malformation. They mix patient care with the design and fabrication of these devices to address their patients' needs.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Investigative / Social
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Prosthetic devices

    The various artificial replacements of body parts or limbs, which were lost during a trauma, disease or an accident.

  • Biomechanics

    The use of mechanical means to understand the function and structure of biological organisms.

  • Kinetics

    The study of movement and its causes.

  • Rehabilitation

    The methods and procedures used to help an ill or injured person restore lost skills and regain self-sufficiency and control.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

Skills

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Answer patients' questions

    Respond in a friendly and professional manner to all inquiries from current or potential patients, and their families, of a healthcare establishment.

  • Archive healthcare users' records

    Properly store the health records of healthcare users, including test results and case notes so that they are easily retrieved when required.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Instruct patients on supportive devices

    Inform patients on the utilisation and care of orthoses and protheses.

  • Collect healthcare user's general data

    Collect qualitative and quantitative data related to the healthcare user's anagraphic data and provide support on filling out the present and past history questionnaire and record the measures/tests performed by the practitioner.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Design medical supportive devices

    Compose, create and evaluate orthopaedic and prosthetic devices after consulting with physicians, examining and measuring the patient in order to determine the size of the artificial limb.

  • Contribute to the rehabilitation process

    Contribute to the rehabilitation process to enhance activity, functioning and participation using a person-centered and evidence-based approach.

  • Modify lifecasts

    Fix and appropriately modify lifecasts to ensure their accuracy.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Create lifecasts

    Use specialised products such as silicones to create moulds of a person's hand, face, or other body parts in a process called lifecasting. Use moulds or other materials to create medical devices in the prosthetic and orthotic field.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Record healthcare users' progress related to treatment

    Record the healthcare user's progress in response to treatment by observing, listening and measuring outcomes.

  • Advise on rehabilitation exercises

    Educate and advise on rehabilitation exercises to aid long-term recovery, teaching the appropriate techniques to ensure health is maintained.

Optional knowledge and skills

manipulate plastic repair prosthetic-orthotic devices assist patients with rehabilitation pathology record data from biomedical tests use e-health and mobile health technologies orthotics educate patient's relations on care prosthetic-orthotic device materials repair orthopedic goods types of orthopedic supplies place orders for orthopedic products work in multidisciplinary health teams orthopaedics manipulate prosthetic-orthotic device materials medical terminology maintain prosthetic-orthotic devices recommend orthotic devices provide health education identify patients' medical records hygiene in a health care setting human physiology recommend orthopedic goods to customers depending on their condition perform a prosthetic examination of the patient develop therapeutic relationships orthopaedic conditions modify casts for prostheses medical informatics orthopaedic goods industry first aid test prosthetic-orthotic devices manipulate wood pedorthics finish prosthetic-orthotic devices respond to changing situations in health care