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Clinical Assistant Doing Measurements?

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    Christopher Stepien

      I’m curious how many ID docs are having Clinical Assistant doing measurements?

      I started training her, but stopped as it was more training than usual.

      In addition, I’m not in enough “pain” to train her given the amount of time I would need to train her.

      If anyone has trained their CA to do measurements, what value did you get by doing so?  What pain are you solving by doing so?

      I understand that it looks more professional and saves a little time. I’m looking for more.


      Brandon Cohen DC, CSCS

        Mine does. The best things are:

        1. its more objective. I no longer convince myself things are better when they might not be. She measures and reports what she sees.

        2. It allows me more moments to slow down and not have to think about little details. I just hear the number and compare it to the previous. It uses less brain space

        2a. Unfortunately, she’s human and will get lazy and sloppy from time to time, so I’ll have to ask her to remeasure or remind her of things from time to time. This happens maybe 10-20% of the time. Because of this, we review some type of measurement 1 x week. It takes two minutes.

        The only downside is that sometimes she does it wrong. In all fairness, the same thing happened to me when I was tired or just wasn’t paying attention.

        My pain point was that I am paying her to do stuff, and she was just kind of standing around a lot. It gave her something to do. I still measure the exam, and generally her measurements are relatively consistent to mine when we compare.


        Christopher Stepien

          Very helpful Brandon. TY.

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