The Weekly Roundup: Fatigue in the Pharmacy (11.1.18)

November 02, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg

Are competitive pressures keeping you up at night? Having trouble shutting down at the end of the day? You’re not alone. When we think of sleep-deprived safety issues in the workplace, many of us think of shift workers or risks like industrial accidents or impaired driving. In fact, the cognitive repercussions of fatigue should make it an important conversation to have in the pharmacy as well—folks like these are making a living off of it. The most forward-thinking in business are focusing on providing intermittent opportunities for employees to “renew and refuel.” Admittedly, the smaller the company, the more challenging that can be (here are some ideas), but it may be even more important. Here are some approaches to keep in mind. The benefits of a good night’s sleep should also make it on your radar at staff meetings—or you run a demonstrable business risk. So make a plan to figure out how to get enough sleep. Set an alarm for when you will stop working for the day. Start the morning with a list of three (ONLY THREE) essential tasks to keep you on track. And don’t forget: This weekend you have an extra hour to think about how to make your workload more sustainable for you and your employees. 

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • Skip the rash judgement. A new study reveals that many shingles diagnoses are subclinical. 
  • What’s your point? A lot can go wrong, so make it a priority to train patients on insulin administration. 
  • Of mice and men. Check out this inside look at how new flu vaccinations are developed. 
  • Want to sound more confident? Here’s help for getting rid of the “ummms” and “ahhhhs” in your speech. 
  • Making a human is a lot of work—and plays heck with the body. Check out this new video from Stat News on how dosing during pregnancy may be dramatically “off.”

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Pamela Youngberg

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into cycling, renaissance history, cooking, and exploring the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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