Create A Centralized Hub For Dental Office Clinical Support
By Dr. David Ahearn, DDS, Founder and President of Design Ergonomics
At Design Ergonomics, our work is based on Office-Centric principles in which Sterilization, Lab, and Resupply are a centralized hub. This is in contrast to a Room-Centric approach in which a practice attempts to keep months’ worth of redundant supplies for all procedures in each operatory.
Dental Sterilization, Lab, and Resupply areas should be in close physical proximity to treatment rooms
Creating a hub for Sterilization, Lab, and Resupply makes for an efficient center of clinical support. For reduced Transportation Waste, this hub should be located as close as possible to your treatment rooms. Transportation Waste occurs when you move products around your office in a way that is inefficient. Your clients aren’t paying you to run back and forth hunting for rarely used supplies. And trying to stock every room (once one grows beyond three primary doctor rooms) is an exercise in futility.
The size of your practice will dictate the optimal size for Central Sterilization and Resupply. For larger practices (15 plus operatories) we will often locate the area between two clinical “halves” of the office, and create entry points from either side. This also serves as a pass-through corridor for staff and may be used for a quick, semi-private conversation out of patient view. We will typically “pocket” the Lab area off of Sterilization and Resupply to help mitigate sound.
As you focus on your Sterilization area, you should look for an arrangement that provides large work surfaces, and is arranged in a linear flow with easy access to dental instruments, supplies, and storage. My team at Design Ergonomics developed Desergo Steri Centers for my own two thriving dental practices and in 2022 we started putting these systems into production for all of our clients. Desergo Steri Centers provide integrated Sterilization for high-flow dental practices of all sizes.
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