33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services



33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
Other assisting workers in support of health services provide services and assistance to health care professionals and other health care staff. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, offices of health care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, and medical pathology laboratories.

Index of titles
Activationist - health support services
Activities coordinator - health support services
Activity aide - health support services
Activity leader - seniors
Activity worker - health support services
Acupuncture assistant
Acupuncture attendant
Audiometric aide
Audiometric assistant
Audiometric technician
Autopsy assistant
Autopsy attendant
Autopsy technician
Blood donor clinic assistant
Blood donor clinic attendant
Blood donor clinic helper
Blood sampling attendant
Cast room technician
Central service room worker - hospital
Central supply aide
Central supply aide - medical
Central supply room supervisor - hospital
Central supply room technician - hospital
Certified ophthalmic assistant (COA)
Chiropractic aide
Chiropractic assistant
Chiropractic health assistant
Chiropractic office assistant
Chiropractor aide
Clinic assistant - medical
Clinical laboratory helper
Emergency room attendant
Emergency-entry attendant - hospital
Fracture room attendant
Health aide
Herbal medicine assistant
Industrial audiometric technician
Instrument sterilizer - medical
Lens grinder-polisher setter
Lens marker - health support services
Lens marker - ophthalmic
Medical clinic assistant
Medical device reprocessing technician
Medical device reprocessor
Medical instrument sterilizer
Medical material handler
Morgue attendant
Morgue technician
Occupational therapy aide
Occupational therapy helper
Ophthalmic assistant
Ophthalmic goods antireflection (AR) coating technician
Ophthalmic goods bench worker
Ophthalmic goods lens coating technician
Ophthalmic goods lens cutter
Ophthalmic goods lens tinter
Ophthalmic lab technician - retail
Ophthalmic laboratory technician - retail
Ophthalmic lens bench worker
Ophthalmic lens cutter
Ophthalmic lens edge grinder
Ophthalmic lens grinder
Ophthalmic lens grinder and polisher
Ophthalmic lens grinder-polisher setter
Ophthalmic lens inspector
Ophthalmic lens marker
Ophthalmic medical assistant
Ophthalmologist assistant
Optical and ophthalmic goods lens picker
Optical goods inspector
Optical lab mechanic - retail
Optical laboratory assistant
Optical laboratory technician
Optical laboratory technician - retail
Optical lens grinder and polisher
Optical lens inspector
Optical mechanic
Optical technician
Optometric assistant
Optometric technician
Optometrist assistant
Orthopedic assistant
Orthopedic physician assistant
Orthopedic supervisor
Orthopedic technician
Orthopedic technologist
Orthopedist aide
Physical therapy attendant
Physiotherapy attendant
Physiotherapy helper
Phytotherapy assistant
Plaster room aide
Plaster room attendant
Polishing pad mounter
Post-mortem attendant
Radiology aide
Recreation aide - health services
Recreation therapist aide
Recreational therapy aide
Registered central service technician - medical
Registered orthopedic technologist
Rehabilitation aide
Senior adjuvant
Sterile processing technician
Sterile processing worker
Sterile supply room attendant
Sterilization attendant
Sterilization processing attendant
Supply, processing and distribution aide - medical
Surgical assistant
Surgical assistant - non-nursing
Surgical technician - non-nursing
Therapy aide


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Audiometric technicians
Under the supervision of audiologists, administer tests such as pure tone hearing screening, impedance tests and noise level measurements using equipment such as audiometers and sound level meters to determine hearing thresholds of patients
Instruct patients on test procedures and record results
Monitor, check and calibrate auditory equipment
May take earmold impressions and fit and adjust hearing instruments.
Orthopedic technologists
Assist orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries by applying and adjusting casts, splints, bandages and other orthopedic devices
Assist in the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction equipment
Clean and dress wounds
Remove casts, sutures, staples and pins
Instruct patients and their families and other health care professionals with respect to orthopedic matters.
Rehabilitation aids
Prepare and maintain equipment and supplies
Assist in activities for the rehabilitation of patients as directed by health care professionals
May perform routine office functions.
Ophthalmic assistants
Take patients' general medical and ophthalmic history
Operate ophthalmic testing and measuring instruments to aid ophthalmologists in assessing patients' vision
Instruct patient on diagnostic test and record results
Assist ophthalmologists in minor office surgery
Administer eye drops, ointments and medications as directed by ophthalmologists
Clean and maintain ophthalmic instruments and equipment
Perform various administrative duties
Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants
Operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses into frames
Make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames
Maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.
Sterile processing technicians
Operate and maintain sterilization equipment such as instrument washers, sonic sinks, cart washers and steam autoclaves to clean and disinfect trays, carts, linens, supplies, instrumentation and equipment for re-use according to standardized safety practices
Reassemble equipment and assemble packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments.
Blood donor clinic assistants
Set up and dismantle equipment
Prepare and maintain cleanliness of collection areas
Maintain supplies
Monitor donors throughout procedure and assist with post-donation care and donor reaction care as assigned under the supervision of a registered nurse
Record information on donors
Label and process donated blood.
Morgue attendants
Assist pathologists at autopsies by laying out surgical instruments
Prepare solutions for preservation of specimens
Transfer bodies from morgue to examining table
Remove organs and tissue specimens, as instructed by attending pathologist, and placing them in preservative solutions
Clean and sew up bodies for release to funeral home.


Employment requirements
Audiometric technicians usually require a specialization in industrial audiometry testing.
Orthopedic technologists usually require completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training or a college orthopedic technologist program.
Registration with the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists is available and may be required by employers.
Ophthalmic assistants require completion of a six to twelve month ophthalmic assistants college program or a minimum of one year of on-the-job training under the supervision of an ophthalmologist, and completion of an approved ophthalmic assistant home study program.
Certification by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology may be required by employers.
Health care courses or short-term college programs related to the work of medical therapy aides, such as recreational therapy programs, are available and may be required by employers.
Sterile processing technicians require completion of secondary school and a six- to nine-month sterile processing college program.
Completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training are usually required for other assisting occupations in this unit group.


Additional information
Certified Ophthalmic Assistants may also have additional specialty certification such as Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (ROUB) or Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer (CDOS).
Ophthalmic assistants may progress to ophthalmic technician positions with training and experience.


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