In Canada, the majority of Orthopedic Technicians are trained in hospitals by an orthopaedic surgeon or registered orthopaedic technologist, much like an apprenticeship program, however one career college in Ontario, (Westervelt College) is now offering the first of its kind in Canada, Orthopedic Technician program. Courses include anatomy, physiology, about bone structures and how the body system works.
Orthopedic Technicians work under the direction of Orthopaedic Surgeons in collaboration with other health care team members to provide care to patients in the treatment of orthopaedic diseases and injuries by applying and removing plastic or synthetic casts, splints, braces and traction fittings. Ortho Technicians also assist with dressing removal, removal of sutures, staples and pins, and fit patients for orthopaedic devices and ambulatory aids. Orthopedic Technicians also instruct patients regarding proper care and use of appliances.
Orthopedic Technicians work in emergency rooms, operating rooms, urgent care centres, fracture and cast clinics. Many employers require that an Ortho Tech has graduated from a recognized Orthopaedic Technologist program, are a member of the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic technologists (CSOT), have excellent communications skills and are discreet in matters relating to patient confidentiality.