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An ABC certified assistant is an individual educated and trained to participate in comprehensive orthotic and/or prosthetic care while under the Indirect Supervision of a certified and/or licensed orthotist and/or prosthetist. The maximum permissible ratio of certified assistants to the supervising prosthetist or orthotist is 5:1.
Certified assistants, under the supervision of a certified and/or licensed orthotist and/or prosthetist may perform orthotic and/or prosthetic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care. The initial evaluation and formulation of the treatment plan is the responsibility of the supervising orthotist and/or prosthetist. The certified assistant may also fabricate, repair and maintain orthoses and/or prostheses. ABC certified assistants may not use their credentials as independent providers of patient care.
The certified assistant is bound by the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility, which is enforced by a Professional Discipline program. The certified assistant is obligated to support and conform to professional responsibilities that promote and assure the overall welfare of the patient and the integrity of the profession. The time limited certification expires without compliance with the Recertification program. The practice of an ABC certified orthotic/prosthetic assistant includes, but is not limited to:
1) Participation in the evaluation of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities that would impede their ability to participate in their social/ work environment or other activities in order to determine a functional intervention. Patient assessment may include but is not limited to the evaluation and documentation of:
2) Implementation of the established orthotic or prosthetic treatment plan which includes, but is not limited to:
3) Utilization of a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful orthotic and/or prosthetic outcomes, patient health and quality of life which includes, but is not limited to:
4) Compliance with practice management plans to develop and document policies and procedures to ensure patient protection which includes, but is not limited to:
5) Promotion of competency and enhancement of orthotic and/or prosthetic professional practice to contribute to the profession’s body of knowledge includes, but is not limited to, participation in: