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Kevin Henry was formerly the group editorial director for Advanstar Dental Media and has more than 15 years of experience in the dental publications field. You can follow him on Twitter (@kgh23).
What would happen to you and your practice today if you broke your elbow, suffered a serious injury to your hand, or were suddenly hospitalized because of an injury? Have you thought about how another dentist would come into the practice and be able to function and keep your practice going?
In the video below, Dr. Wayne Kerr, a speaker and practicing dentist, gives you some advice on how your practice should be prepared for just such an emergency and locum tenens.
“Think about it. The incoming dentist wouldn’t know anything about the team’s skill sets or how the practice was managed as a whole,” Dr. Kerr said. “Worst of all, you don’t have a clue what the restorative procedures are or what materials are being used.”
To prevent more chaos from occurring in an already chaotic situation, Dr. Kerr suggests contacting doctors ahead of time to ask them if they would be willing to cover your practice in a “worst case” scenario and making a list of exactly how the practice is run to share with the covering dentist. Additionally, make sure you tell your team who the dentist or dentists you have chosen to cover are in case you are incapacitated.
“Written treatment protocols are essential,” Dr. Kerr said. “Meet with your team. Write them down. You’ll never be sorry.”
Click below to hear more thoughts and tips from Dr. Kerrâ¦