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Dictionary Definition

orderly adj
1 devoid of violence or disruption; "an orderly crowd confronted the president" [ant: disorderly]
2 according to custom or rule or natural law [syn: lawful, rule-governed]
3 not haphazard; "a series of orderly actions at regular hours" [syn: systematic]
4 marked by or adhering to method or system; "a clean orderly man"; "an orderly mind"; "an orderly desk"
5 marked by system or regularity or discipline; "a quiet ordered house"; "an orderly universe"; "a well regulated life" [syn: ordered, regulated]
6 marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts; "a logical argument"; "the orderly presentation" [syn: consistent, logical, ordered]


1 a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer; "the orderly laid out the general's uniform"
2 a male hospital attendant who has general non-medical duties [syn: hospital attendant]

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  • IPA: /ˈoːdəli/


  1. A hospital attendant given a variety of non-medical duties.
  2. A soldier who carries out minor tasks for a superior officer.


A hospital attendant given a variety of non-medical duties
A soldier who carries out minor tasks for a superior officer


  1. Having or with order.

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having or with order

Extensive Definition

This article is about orderlies in medical work. For the 1964 film that portrays the profession, see The Disorderly Orderly. For the soldier acting as an officer's assistant, see Batman (army).
A medical orderly or orderly is a hospital attendant whose job consists of assisting medical and/or nursing staff with various nursing and/or medical interventions. These duties are classified as routine tasks involving no risk for the patient.
Orderlies are often utilised in various hospital departments. Orderly duties can range in scope depending on the area of the health care facility they are employed. For that reason, duties can range from assisting in the physical restraint of combative patients, assisting physicians with the application of casts, transporting patients, shaving patients and providing other similar routine personal care to setting up specialised hospital equipment such as bed traction arrays.
Orderlies are typically found in Emergency Departments, Operating Rooms, Psychiatry, Long Term Care, and Orthopaedics.
Orderlies are described as non licensed hospital assistants that are instructed to perform delegated functions under the direct supervision of a licensed practitioner in the health care setting. While the role of nursing has traditionally been filled by women, most orderlies are men, as they may be asked to assist nurses in physically demanding procedures.
Orderlies have been phased out of health care facilities in recent years and their function are now replaced by the Patient Care Assistant and/or Certified Nursing Assistant.
Orderlies are also called Hospital Porters in some hospitals, mostly in the UK, where the term has been mostly replaced with Health Care Assistant.

Operations Assistant

An Operations Assistant (OA) is a type of orderly trained to assist in the running of an Operating Suite. OAs require no prior formal training and learn their craft on the job. As well as fulfilling the duties of an orderly, an OA is responsible for the positioning and readiness of equipment in the operating room; and in assisting surgical staff in the positioning of the patient on the operating table. OAs are required to possess knowledge of equipment that is required for every procedure performed in the suite.
The primary duty of an OA is patient care. The application of anti-Deep vein thrombosis equipment, compression stockings, as well as padding to prevent pressure sores is one of the tasks performed by an OA for most surgical procedures. The movement of the patient from their own bed to the operating table is often coordinated by the OA and the Anaesthetist. Surgical procedures requiring the preparation of a limb with antiseptic utilise an OA to hold the limb for the surgeon whilst maintaining aseptic technique. OAs are also required to collect blood products from the Blood Bank and deliver urgent frozen section samples to the Pathology laboratory.
The Operating Suites at St George Hospital, Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney employ OAs to assist in the daily operation of the suite.

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