Your practice will be rushed, hectic and stressed without a schedule that is well designed. The purpose of blocking scheduling is to decrease stress, keep production on an even keel from one day to the next while maintaining or increasing production. These are the steps for implementing with guidelines:
Over two to three weeks get accurate times of every procedure. All staff can help. Create an index card for each patient that comes in. Note the following on the card:
1. The time the patient arrived
2. The time the patient is seated
3. The time the procedure begins
4. The time the procedure ends
At the end of two or three weeks, average out the times for each procedure.