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PT/OT Rehab Tech - Student

Company: Dean Health
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:


Essential Functions: The following are essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:

Position Accountabilities

  1. Assists with patient care. (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8) 65%


A. Brings patient to area and assists with dressing, draping, gait preparation, equipment set-up and/or preparation to return to floor, home, physician's office, or other therapy.

B. Cleans, fills, and places patient in whirlpool or hubbard tank according to policy; removes dressings; prepares and assists therapists with dressing changes after hydrotherapy.

C. Assists with patient treatment plans including activities such as gait training, transfers, exercise programs, activities of daily living (ADL) training, splinting, etc under guidance of therapist.

D. Performs Accu-Checks on patients as assigned by therapist.

E. Provides hot pack, cold pack, paraffin, cryocuff and fluidotherapy modalities independently as assigned by therapist.

F. Sets up video and/or video camera for patient education programs.

G. Reviews procedures with patients thoroughly and provides assistance to patients as necessary. Monitors patients comfort and alleviates anxiety during procedures.

H. Identifies when help is required in providing patient care and seeks it appropriately, recognizing own limitations.

I. Documents patient care related activities under the guidance of therapist.

J. Annually demonstrates competency in areas related to Physical and Occupational Therapy.

K. Applies restraints consistent with the approved procedure. Monitors and assesses patient's response to restraints.

L. Monitors patient for presence of pain and informs therapist of any issues noted.

  1. Assures that all areas are kept clean, orderly, and well stocked. (1, 3, 5, 6, 8) 5%


A. Changes linen on treatment tables and mats after each patient and at the beginning and end of each day. Maintains linen stock in all appropriate areas.

B. Fills lotion, oil, and alcohol bottles for treatment booths and stocks hand tables and splint areas on a daily basis.

C. Puts equipment away at the end of each day. Assures that clinic shelves and storerooms are kept neat and orderly.

D. Checks inpatients floors daily to assure all therapy equipment is stored in the proper areas.

E. Consistently follows department guidelines on cleaning, including appropriate documentation i.e. hot and cold pack units, and paraffin unit.

F. Checks and restocks O2 tanks as needed (hospital only).

G. Checks and restocks handouts and exercise cards as needed.

H. Assists with inventory when requested. Reports equipment/supply needs to supervisor.

  1. Delivers and picks up equipment, supplies, and patient notes. (5, 6) 5%


A. Posts patient notes in charts on inpatient as assigned by floors.

B. Delivers and picks up equipment, supplies, or paperwork in hospital and ORC. Signs out when leaving department.

C. Searches for lost equipment on floors (hospital only).

D. Assures appropriate stock of DME equipment available at Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center.

E. Picks up Orthopedic physician's clinic schedules daily and posts in therapist's office. Delivers and picks up patient documentation between PMR department and Orthopedics.

  1. Assists with clerical duties as assigned. (5, 6) 5%


A. Copies materials accurately and completely.

B. Documents charges from therapists' daily schedules onto outpatient daily documentation forms completely and with 95% accuracy.

C. Answers phone courteously, completes messages appropriately, and transfers calls correctly.

D. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, checks computer for orders hourly.

E. At ORC, when covering front desk, obtains patient information and phone number for new orders on patients so they can be called back. Accurately schedules patients as needed.

F. At Inpatient, when covering desk, processes therapy orders per procedure.

G. Assists inpatient Billing Clerk with cleaning of log books.

  1. Demonstrates acceptable professional characteristics. (2, 4, 5, 6) 5%


A. Works within professional role according to standards set department service standards, and department policies and procedures.

B. Maintains harmonious relationships with co-workers, both inter- and intra-departmentally, keeping other professionals informed of issues and providing support and assistance to foster team building. Appropriately addresses problems/concerns with peers and/or supervisors as needed.

C. Demonstrates time management skills by accomplishing required tasks within the appropriate time frame. Avoids overtime and notifies supervisor in the event it does occur. Flexes time as needed.

D. Notifies supervisor of changes in workload, in order to adjust assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.

E. Arranges schedule for time off and arranges for other co-workers to take over workload.

F. Maintains proprietary information and patient confidentiality.

  1. Actively participates in department activities. (5, 6) 5%


A. Attends, actively participates, and interacts in all department meetings pertinent to area. Is accountable for information discussed at meetings.

B. Assists with orientation of staff as needed.

C. Develops and enhances skills though classes, seminars and other learning opportunities

D. Serves as a resource to co-workers in areas of responsibility.

E. Assists and gives input into development and revision of department programs, forms, and operations.

  1. Safety/Infection Control: Practices according to safety and infection control policies. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 5%


A. Practices standard precautions and disposes of hazardous wastes per established guidelines.

B. Maintains a safe, clean, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients/families/employees in accordance with hospital standards.

  1. Maintains clutter free environment.

  2. Keeps conversations and background noise to a minimum

  3. Adheres to dress code.

C. Reports risk management concerns.

D. Assumes responsibility for completing all annual mandatory requirements:

  1. Safety/Fire

  2. Blood Borne Pathogen

  3. Hazardous Communication

  4. TB

  5. Department Specific

  6. Age Appropriate Care (if appropriate)

  7. Quality Improvement (QI): Incorporates Quality Assessment into one's daily work. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 5%


A. All Rehab Tech duties should be completed accurately and thoroughly.

DISCLAIMER: Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Rationale for Essential Functions

  1. The performance of this function is the reason the job exists.

  2. There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.

  3. This function occupies a great deal of the employee's time.

  4. This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this function.

  5. Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.

  6. The function was performed by past employees, and is performed by current employees.

  7. Exposure to blood borne pathogens that require the use of protective equipment

  8. Exposure to tuberculosis that requires the use of protective equipment

Job Specifications

MINIMUM EDUCATION: High School Graduation or Equivalent preferred

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: Patient care experience preferred.

REQUIRED LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Patient care experience preferred.


  • Must be able to travel to and treat patients in patient rooms, satellites, clinics, and gym areas in hospital, University Medical Group (UMG) building, and ORC.
  • Must be able to work with electrical equipment such as continuous passive motion (CPM) machines, Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE), whirlpool lifts, Biodex exercise equipment, and parallel bars.
  • May be exposed to hot/cold material and chemical agents (see Material Safety Data Sheets).
  • May be exposed to sharp tools.
  • May be required to wear protective clothing such as masks, gowns, and gloves, in addition to adhering to the dress code.
  • Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases.


  • Clerical Moderate physical exertion.
  • Long periods of sitting, typing, and/or data entry.
  • May require lifting up to 50 pounds



Department Director__Date_____


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. An individual working in their job classification must also perform specific tasks upon request by supervisor personnel. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities for this job classification are subject to change at the discretion of the medical center.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a PT or OT educational program.

Under the guidance of a Therapist, Therapy Assistant or nurse assists therapists in providing patient care. Responsible for keeping the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) department clean, orderly, and appropriately stocked. Helps in monitoring inventory. Assists with clerical duties including charges, answering phones and filing. Performs duties in accordance with PMR Department and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital policies and procedures and service standards.

Keywords: Dean Health, St. Louis , PT/OT Rehab Tech - Student, Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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