What does an Orderly do?

Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.

Jobs Roles

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Carry messages or documents between departments.
  • Change soiled linens, such as bed linens, drapes, or cubicle curtains.
  • Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Clean equipment, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, or portable medical equipment, documenting needed repairs or maintenance.
  • Collect and transport infectious or hazardous waste in closed containers for sterilization or disposal, in accordance with applicable law, standards, or policies.
  • Collect soiled linen or trash.
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.
  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Position or hold patients in position for surgical preparation.
  • Respond to emergency situations, such as emergency medical calls, security calls, or fire alarms.
  • Restrain patients to prevent violence or injury or to assist physicians or nurses to administer treatments.
  • Serve or collect food trays.
  • Stock or issue medical supplies, such as dressing packs or treatment trays.
  • Stock utility rooms, nonmedical storage rooms, or cleaning carts with supplies.
  • Supply, collect, or empty bedpans.
  • Transport bodies to the morgue.
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.
  • Transport portable medical equipment or medical supplies between rooms or departments.
  • Transport specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensuring proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients, alone or with assistance, to prevent bedsores.
  • Provide physical support to patients to assist them to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Separate collected materials for disposal, recycling, or reuse, in accordance with environmental policies.
  • Take and record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
, Anywhere 4 decades ago
, Anywhere 4 decades ago
, Anywhere 4 decades ago
, Anywhere 4 decades ago
, Anywhere 4 decades ago


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