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When to Sharpen

My boss doesn’t want me to sharpen instruments in front of the patient. I sharpen almost daily. So I come in extra early on my own time to sharpen any needed instruments in the set ups then run all set up bags in the Midmark prior to seeing first patient. It means I am getting to work 1 hr prior to start of day. Is there an easier way?

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I applaud you or sharpening almost daily! However, in a perfect world you should be getting paid for your sharpening time. I don’t know the entirety of your situation, but if it was me I’d stay clocked in and if Doctor confronted me about the overtime hours, I would explain why. They might change their mind and let you sharpen chair side since it would save them money!

If things don’t change, here are a few ideas:
-Find an area in your office you could sharpen while you wait for Doctor to do his or her exam.
-Sharpen half of your instrument packs one day then sharpen the second half of packs the next day. You’d have to color coat your packs though. An easy way would be to put colored tape or a band on one instrument in the pack.
-Try a different brand when it’s time to replace your instruments. Maybe HuFriedy Everedge?
-I think there are sharpening guides too that might speed things along. For example, Gleason Guide by PDT
-Ask your Doctor to purchase cassettes so your instruments will stay sharper longer.

Good luck!

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