Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the arrival of flu season, your medical practice needs to be at its best to keep yourself safe and address the needs of your patients. There is no better time than now to learn how to improve your medical practice to help you adapt to the demands of the quarantine. Let us show you some of the improvements and practices you can use to guide yourself toward improvement.
The first thing to consider is the state of your medical practice. This will not only make for a better, more effective practice, but will inspire confidence in your patients if they can see that it’s sanitized and well maintained. While modern equipment is important, keeping basic utilities like plumbing and electricals up to date is equally crucial when considering how to improve your medical practice. Proper care of these utilities will help you avoid mechanical errors or compromises in sanitation. For example, by upgrading your plumbing with stainless steel sanitary fittings, you’ll keep your practice’s water from becoming contaminated by rust. You’ll also have a much easier time keeping your plumbing utilities clean thanks to the corrosion-resistant and non-porous surface of stainless steel.
Next, focus on how you interact with your patients. One of the most important practices for healthcare professionals is providing an adequate amount of direct attention to your patient. When dealing with a disease as serious as COVID-19, you should be a reliable support figure for your patients to lean on during a period of uncertainty and distress. However, it can be difficult to budget enough time to give each patient personal attention, which brings us to our next point.
Being a solo practitioner is difficult, and the responsibilities of keeping your practice up and running can quickly become overwhelming. It’s easy for the administrative duties of your practice to overtake your role of personally attending to patients. If the administrative tasks are starting to stack up, you should invest in employees to help you keep it in check. This will give you more time to tend to patients, unless you have more patients than you can give attention to, in which case you should invest in hiring additional medical professionals that can provide face-to-face support.
Good bookkeeping and scheduling practices will help you budget your time for each patient while keeping your patients safe. Due to the quarantine, you’ll want to make sure not too many patients are in your practice at once and that they keep a safe distance from others. Responsible scheduling of appointments and delegation of duties will ensure everyone follows protocol.