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When your clinic staff are bored: Fighting dullness with improvement projects

Medical Environment Update, August 1, 2019

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By John Palmer

Ah, the dog days of summer. It’s August, which means the major holidays have come and gone, families have gone off on their vacations, and the doldrums of the season have taken over. If you’re lucky, traffic at your clinic has slowed down a bit and your staff are getting a break. By all means, enjoy the quiet. Take a breather. Have a cookout in the back for lunch.

But this is also a perfect time to get ready for the rest of the year. Inevitably, there will be times when your staff complain about how bored they are. May we suggest using this time to take care of the things you’ve possibly been neglecting all year?

Just around the corner, life at your clinic is about to get busy again. Hurricane season is still in full swing until November, and winter isn’t far behind. Another flu season will threaten (see page 1), and the kids will be going back to school where germs will get them sick and send them flocking to your facility.

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