Do's and don'ts for office security: How secure is your practice?

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Fall is a good time to perform a safety inspection for your office. If you've been in the same location for a while, you might believe that there's no need for such a check. But things are always changing inside and outside your office. You want to make sure your facility is in the best shape for patients, staff, visitors, and yourself.

Do

Perform a safety inspection. Are all the exits well-marked? Is your office equipped with a fire extinguisher? How about a medical "crash cart," including an automated external defibrillator (AED)? Do you have plans in place for a medical emergency, fire, and violent incident? Does the handbook cover such exigencies? No one wants to think a negative event could occur, but it's always best to be prepared.

Don

Don't forget outside the practice. Check the parking lot, walkways, windows, and entrances. Make sure the grounds are well-lit. Cut back any overgrown bushes and shrubbery. If you're in an office building, evaluate the lobby, elevators, and hallways. You want to make sure your patients have a safe, positive, and pleasant experience before, during, and after their visit to your practice.

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