Q: How can I get the doctors to take care of the equipment at my practice? They don't keep their trucks clean and often leave
equipment behind on visits.
First, make sure you've communicated your expectations for the proper care of practice equipment, says Dr. Mark Baus, managing
partner at Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. It's possible that the doctors aren't aware of the extent of the
problem. Then consider having each doctor purchase his or her own vehicle and recoup mileage costs from the practice at the
current IRS rate. This change shifts responsibility for proper care and maintenance to the owner of the vehicle, Dr. Baus
Dr. Mark Baus
The equipment should be the responsibility of assistants or technicians. "This problem may be a reason to consider hiring
a qualified assistant or technician for each doctor," Dr. Baus says. A technician can free up the doctor to concentrate on
the essential activities of equine practice.
For expensive equipment, like an endoscope or an ultrasound machine, schedule the use of the equipment so you can track who
used it and where. Indelibly label equipment with your practice's name and phone number. With luck, clients will let you know
if a piece of equipment was left behind. Once you have the processes and systems in place, you can hold your doctors accountable.