Idea Exchange: Discreet clock-watching in the exam room

Jun 01, 2008
By staff

Like many veterinarians, I prefer not to wear a wristwatch because of frequent hand washing, yet I need a second hand for measuring heart rates or respiration or performing ocular tear tests. Since displaying a clock in the exam room may foster client impatience, my solution is to keep an inexpensive wall clock in a cabinet drawer. During patient examinations, I discreetly open the drawer as needed, watch the clock to get my rate, and then slide the drawer closed when finished.

Dr. Karen S. Phillips
Pittsburgh, Pa.