The Health Technician: Orthotic Fitter works independently at the facility to provide properly fitted over the counter orthotic devices. The Health Technician: Therapeutic shoe fitter works independently at the facility to properly fit over the counter depth inlay shoes and inserts to Veterans with various foot deformities and compromised sensation. Incumbents in this position will be required to fit over the counter and prefabricated orthoses, and therapeutic shoes. Orthotics and therapeutic shoe fitters (Fitters) work in the Orthotics and Prosthetics laboratory of the Prosthetics and Sensory Aides service at any one of the VAMC in VISN 20. Fitters work under the general direction of the Certified Orthotist or Certified Orthotist Prosthetist at their facility. The main purpose of these Fitters is to fit and apply orthotic devices and depth inlay shoes. He/she instructs patients in wear and maintenance of orthotic devices to achieve the desired benefit and to maximize the function and lifetime of the device. The incumbent greets, measures, fits, dispenses and instructs walk-in patients on a variety of non- custom orthotic appliances. The devices provided include but are not limited to: braces for upper and lower extremities, spinal orthoses, soft goods, diabetic shoes, over the counter (OTC) ankle/ knee immobilizers, supports, and corsets. He/ she will also measure and fit non-custom and custom hosiery. Incumbent may prepare casting for shoes and custom shoe inserts using foam impression techniques for eventual fabrication by Certified orthotist or Certified orthotist prosthetists. NOTE: Fabrication principles and the manufacturing of custom orthotic devices is reserved for Certified Orthotists and Prosthetists. Incumbent will perform simple orthotic repairs, such as repairs to cuffs, suspension straps, shoes, using a wide variety of materials including leather, metal, plastic and fabric components of various braces. Incumbent annotates patient medical records to computerized patient records system (CPRS) with regards to services and/or treatments provided to comply with Quality Improvement and Joint Commission Standards. Incumbent accurately inputs data into an electronic database system (VISTA/ Prosthetic package) for accurate reporting of NPPD (National Prosthetic Patient Data) or APAT records on all work performed which includes material cost or labor. Incumbent will stock post items delivered to patients from inventory at the time of delivery. Incumbent will appraise the Orthotics Prosthetics Laboratory supervisor or Clinical Manager of any technical, inventory, or documentation issues which may have a significant impact. He/ she will conduct necessary investigation and follow up as appropriate. In the performance of official duties, the employee has regular access to print and electronic files containing sensitive data which must be protected under the provision of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA directives, Prosthetic Service Line policy and VAMC policy. He/she is responsible for protecting data from unauthorized release, loss, alteration, or deletion. He/she follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc. as set out in a computer access agreement which the employee signs. Preferred Experience options -ABC Certified Orthotic fitter, Pedorthist, or Therapeutic Shoe fitter -ABC Certified Pedorthist -PTA / Physical Therapist Assistant -LPN / Licensed Practical Nurse -ATC / Certified Athletic trainer Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. PST or Tuesday- Friday 7:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ PD10294A Physical Requirements: Much of the time is spent standing, bending, squatting or kneeling while examining patients, and walking long distances to various locations within the medical center. Manual dexterity in the procedures of measuring and fitting is required. There are times when the incumbent is required to lift and carrying objects between 10-40 pounds and occasional a need to lift more than 40 pounds.
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