According to the Federal Drug Administration approximately 1.3 million people are injured each year due to preventable medication mistakes. These preventable medication-mistakes cost the healthcare system $2 billion each year.
Statistically, a pharmacist fills a prescription every 7.5 minutes. 8 every hour. 64 every day. 321 every week. 16,667 every year.
According to a recent study, nearly 4 billion prescriptions are filled each year and there are only about 240,000 pharmacists nationwide. With these kinds of numbers it should be no surprise that over 51.5 million prescription mistakes occur every year, and any reasonable step than can be taken to avoid mistakes is worth considering. Most pharmacists concur that distractions and fatigue can significantly contribute to these numbers.
Pharmacists can spend a great deal of time on their feet walking between storage isles, compounding areas, computer terminals, customer service counters. This extended time standing and walking can contributes to fatigue and pain that leads directly to nagging distractions that can in-turn manifest themselves in mistakes. This is corroborated in a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that 13% of all workers experience pain at the workplace that contributes lost productive time.
SmartCells Anti-Fatigue Flooring – Rx
SmartCells anti-fatigue flooring and matting is one solution applied by leading pharmacy groups, including the US Military and leading care providers throughout the country.
SmartCells Anti-fatigue custom flooring, mats, and runners provide a potent contribution towards reducing fatigue-related pain that can lead to mistakes caused by pharmacists who are distracted by pain from standing and moving daily. The unique SmartCells® cushioning technology consists of a rubber surface layer integrated with an underlying array of cylindrical rubber cells that soften in response to surface pressure to provide maximum fatigue relief. The SmartCells act like springs that cushion as weight is applied and then rebound when the weight shifts, which returns energy and reduces fatigue associated with standing.
SmartCells anti-fatigue products provide an optimized compressibility that is stable and responds dynamically to subtle and overt movements of the body. Typical soft and squishy mats do not provide the right compressibility, are often unstable, and frequently bottom-out aggravating the very problems the users are seeking to solve with a floor mat.
Pharmacists who have already adopted the SmartCells Anti-Fatigue technology typically have this to say about it:
“The SmartCells® Anti-fatigue floor Mat is the best mat I’ve used in over 30 years as a pharmacist. It looks and performs as well as the day it was installed over 7 years ago (2006). The mat stays in place and doesn’t shift around on the floor. What I like best is going home after a long (or 12 hour) shift with no foot, leg or back discomfort. The SmartCells Mat is a champ!”
The renowned SmartCells cushioning technology by SATECH, Inc. is trusted by leading companies that take employee safety, comfort and productivity seriously.
The SmartCells anti-fatigue technology is especially important where infection control is critical. SmartCells are made of non-porous rubber that will not absorb liquid, unlike typical foam mats.
With the addition of SATECH’s new online retail store, acquiring SmartCells anti-fatigue products for your pharmacy or lab has never been easier. On SATECH’s website consumers can view different variations of SmartCells products, learn about the technology and determine which solution is best for you.