Consistency and focus

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Dr Mark Hassed

Working in a practice this past week I had a chance to once again appreciate the value of consistency and focus and how frustrating it is when those things are lacking.

When I first arrived in the practice the nurses were doing two things that left me exhausted at the end of the day.

Firstly, they were placing items I needed on the bench behind me. That meant that every time I needed a wedge (for example) I had to look away from where I was working, turn around 180 degrees and hunt around on the bench.

Secondly, they placed items in random locations. The burs (for example) might be in any one of several different locations. Worse still all the burs were not in 1 place. They were scattered around the bracket table or the back bench with no discernible system. This led to more hunting and frustration.

The thing that amazed me was that this is the system that the owner of the practice works under every day. Why he tolerates it I can’t imagine.

Look at how you work and see what you can do to make things more consistent and let you focus more. You’ll be amazed at how much fresher you feel at the end of the day.

2 thoughts on “Consistency and focus

    davidmoffet said:
    January 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’m working with a doctor at the moment. When he wants a bur, he has to ask the DA, who then opens a drawer. In there are a multitude of burs, in stands, packets, blunt as well as new. Some in steri bags of assortment…. No system.
    A true time waster!!
    It would be simpler for a two complete stands [one high speed one slow speed] to be on the bracket available for the doc. A series of say eight identical pairs of stands would mean consistency, from patient to patient.
    Having the stands on the bracket also saves time as the doc can pick up a bur quicker than he can ask, in most cases…

    Dr Mark Hassed responded:
    January 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Right you are David. Every bur must be in front of you on the bracket table, in exactly the same position every time so there is no need to search. When you work 6-handed the nurses get to know your sequence of burs so they can get the right one in the hand piece exactly when you need it.

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