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Ms. Smith states that she has to avoid gases, fumes, chemicals, and extremes of heat and cold in order to prevent problems with respiratory infections and COPD symptoms. Ms. Smith manages her pain with prescription pain medication, aspirin, ice and heating pad, and elevation. She states that she is never pain free and that some days are better than others depending on the weather and the activities she has done the day before. She reports that she spends approximately half her day, about 4 out of 8 hours in a reclining position to avoid pain and swelling in her left knee as well as pain in her right hip.
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Summary and Recommendations Ms. Smith is a 53-year-old female, approaching advanced age, who has a long, successful work history. Her medical evidence supports her significant physical limitation with regard to joint and disc problems, past and recommended surgeries, COPD, and pain. She cannot return to past work either as she performed it or as it is generally performed in the local and national economy. She does not have skills that will transfer readily or without further vocational preparation to a sedentary position. She would not be able to sustain work for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week on a consistent and continuous basis. However, Ms. Smith would be able to part-time in a job that would allow her to sit and stand at will. The following are suggestions as to the work Ms. Smith could do for no more than 20 hours a week. The following are suggestions for work that Ms. Smith might be able to do on a part-time basis. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles identifies the jobs in terms of title, number, description, exertional level and specific vocational preparation. CODE:
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209.562-010 TITLE(s): CLERK, GENERAL (clerical) alternate titles: office clerk, routine Performs any combination of following and similar clerical duties requiring limited knowledge of systems or procedures: Writes, types, or enters information into computer, using keyboard, to prepare correspondence, bills, statements, receipts, checks, or other documents, copying information from one record to another. Proofreads records or forms. Counts, weighs, or measures material. Sorts and files records. Receives money from customers and deposits money in bank. Addresses envelopes or packages by hand or with typewriter or addressograph machine. Stuffs envelopes by hand or with envelope stuffing machine. Answers telephone, conveys messages, and runs errands. Stamps, sorts, and distributes mail. Stamps or numbers forms by hand or machine. Photocopies documents, using photocopier. ().
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According to the DOT, this work is classified at the light exertional level indicating requirements that a person should be able to stand and/or sit 6 hours out of an 8-hour day.
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  • Fall '19
  • Working time, Orthopedic surgery, David Smith

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