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Fix your veterinary files


Use these clips to organize your veterinary patient files.

Fido's owners expect a quote, and Ginger's lab work needs to go out. Or is it the other way around? To quickly identify the reason the pet's file was pulled, Dr. Krista Wiley, owner of Wiley's Ark Animal Care in Holley, N.Y., suggests reusable label clips to organize medical records.

The clips, which are available at most office supply stores, come in a variety of colors of card stock and are double-sided, with a heavy-duty paper clip. Her practice uses these labels to sort through pulled files quickly: needs invoice, needs quote, needs charting, meds to go, lab out, back to doctor, and back to LVT. She places a selection of card stock labels at each workstation so team members can quickly swap out labels as the status of the chart changes.

"This allows us to see what's needed at a glace and know where the file needs to go next," Dr. Wiley says. "It keeps us organized, and we avoid mistakes."

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