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What do Prosthetist do?

Apr 21st 2012 at 11:04 AM

What do Prosthetist do?

The Prosthetist job description includes working under the guidance of a physician to assist in evaluating, fabricating, customizing, and fitting artificial limbs and braces. Sometimes prosthetic technicians are also Orthotist. Orthotist specialize in designing and fitting orthopedic braces and other corrective devices like orthopedic shoes and surgical supports.

“What do Prosthetist do?” is not an easy question to answer because of the complex nature of the job. The Prosthetist job description involves making artificial hands, arms, and legs that amputees and people that were born without limbs use to perform daily activities including participating in sports. The braces that they make give people with damaged limbs mobility so that they’re able to walk. Their work helps people that suffer anything from neck injuries to knee pain.

A Prosthetist is also involved in making orthotic devices for cosmetic purposes. They also make ears and noses for people whose faces have been severely disfigured, as in the case of the U. S. woman that lost her hands, nose, lips, and eyes in 2009 after suffering an attack from a 200-pound pet chimpanzee before the police shot and killed the chimpanzee. Charla Nash was trying to help lure a friends pet Chimpanzee into the friends’ house when the chimp went berserk. Nash eventually received a face transplant but her body rejected the prosthetic hands and they were removed.

The following list also helps answer the question, “What do Prosthetist do?

  • Instructing patients on how to use a new prosthetic

  • Maintaining patient records

  • Supervising prosthetic assistants and other employees

  • Supervising Prosthetic Lab activity

  • Lecturing and giving demonstrations to colleagues & other medical  professionals

  • Participating in research

  • Performing the functions of an Orthotist

Prosthetist usually work in nice lab environments where they enjoy well-lit, air-conditioned workspaces. Their shops can be found in private practices or larger healthcare facilities like clinics and hospitals. The machinery that they use to fabricate orthotic devices can be noisy and dangerous.

The job description for Prosthetist requires candidates to be proficient in high school Algebra, Biology, Physics, Woodworking, English, Computer, Social Studies, Geometry, Chemistry, Metal Shop, Welding, Health, and Psychology. The job description for Prosthetist also requires a Bachelors Degree in Prosthetics or Orthopedics from an accredited college and an internship with a qualified Orthotist or Prosthetist.

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