Running a medical clinic of any kind often requires you to master time management. Unfortunately, a lot of your time management will rely on patients. As no two patients are the same, it's difficult to find areas where you can save time with each one. However, by having certain types of medical supplies at your clinic, you could save time with each appointment.
Waiting Room BP Monitor
Measuring someone's blood pressure can become time-consuming, especially if you try the manual route. In addition to finding the right size cuff, you need to listen for a heartbeat or encourage the patient to position their arm in a way that doesn't disrupt the signal. Waiting room BP monitors can remove these issues. First, the cuffs are one size fits all, so you don't need to spend time fitting one. Second, they're designed so that a patient's arm is always in an optimal position. After the machine reads the patient's blood pressure, they can bring the printout into the appointment with them so you instantly have some information to work with.
Digital scales can rapidly weigh someone. Compared to manual scales, you don't need to worry about repeatedly calibrating them. And if you invest in scales that also take a patient's height and body measurements into account, you can receive information about their BMI and body fat composition. When the appointment concerns a health condition that requires a patient to lose or gain weight, this information can prove very useful. It can also give you an accurate idea of someone's health if they have a high BMI due to muscle mass but otherwise have a healthy amount of body fat.
Handheld Pulse Oximeter
Pulse oximeters are ideal for measuring someone's immediate clinical state and their overall state of health for certain chronic conditions. Fingertip pulse oximeters are useful outside of clinical settings, but they can pose problems in certain scenarios. For example, if someone is wearing acrylic nails it's hard to position a fingertip oximeter elsewhere to gain an idea of their blood oxygen levels, or if you're dealing with a very young child, you can't clip a fingertip oximeter onto them easily. In contrast, a handheld pulse oximeter usually features a reader that you can position elsewhere on a patient to measure their oxygen levels. As a result, you can rapidly access alternative points of measurement when placing the reader on their finger isn't an immediate option.