When you go to the pharmacy to get medicine, you can reasonably expect the medication to heal you and help you get over your illness. However, studies are now bringing to light the high number of mistakes that are made by pharmacies. In fact, one study showed that for pharmacies that handle 250 daily, four mistakes are made each day.There are several different types of pharmacy errors that can be made. First, sometimes your prescription can be completely switched with another whose medicine looks like yours. Also, some drugs come to the pharmacy in a high dose, and pharmacists must dilute these medications before they give them to you. In some cases, pharmacists may forget to lessen the strength of the medicine, giving you a dosage that is much too strong. Additionally, if the pharmacist does not monitor the side effects, it can result in serious health issues for you. Lastly, some medications can have adverse reactions with others, so if a pharmacist does not double-check your current prescriptions, it can harm you.To protect yourself from pharmacy errors, there are some things that you can do to double-check the work of the pharmacists. First, when your doctor prescribes you a medicine, make sure you know what the medication is. You can write this down plus any administration information that the doctor gives you. Once you pick up the medication from the pharmacy, make sure the name on the label matches the name of the medicine that the doctor told you he or she prescribed for you.Next, if you are getting a drug for the first time, you can look up pictures of the pill online. Once you pick up the prescription, you can see if the pills given you match the picture online. However, keep in mind that some medicines may look different since pharmacists may choose to give you generic drugs rather than the brand-name medication.Lastly, if you are getting a refill, take a look at the medicine before you take it. It should perfectly match your last bottle of pills. Besides the color and shape, also take a look at the imprint on both sides of the pill, which differentiates between medicines with the same size, shape, and color.Although many pharmaceutical mistakes do not result in any health issues, it can cause severe harm or even death when a serious medication is wrongly given to someone. If you have been injured by a pharmaceutical error, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney about your rights. For more information, check out the medical malpractice lawyers from Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., today.
Wooden garden furniture can add a touch of class and elegance to your home. You just have to make sure that you choose the right type of garden furniture. It should go well with the décor of your home, withstand the climatic conditions of your area, and meet your requirements.Here we discuss some tips for buying wooden furniture.Decide the Type of Wood You WantWooden garden furniture sets are available in different types of wood like teak, cedar, mahogany, eucalyptus, oak, pine, and bamboo. If you want something that can withstand rough weather conditions and last longer, you should choose teak. Teak furniture requires minimal maintenance and is resistant to moulds and termites. But, it is expensive. Eucalyptus is another good choice for outdoor furniture. It is sturdy and looks great in natural finish. Pine garden furniture is aesthetically beautiful, but can get damaged easily if kept in sun or rain for long. Cedar outdoor garden furniture is quite popular. It does not warp and split with aging. Moreover, it is resistant to insects. Whichever wood you choose, you should ensure that you cover your furniture when not in use. Paint it regularly to keep it looking new for years.Decide the Purpose Of Buying FurnitureIf you want furniture just for relaxing and spending some time with your family and friends in garden, you could think of a small table with a few chairs. If you intend to throw garden parties, you will need huge benches and tables that can comfortably accommodate your guests as well as food. For those who love reading and soaking in sun outdoors, a lounge chair or comfortable sofa is perfect.Measure the Space Available For FurnitureBefore you go shopping for your furniture, you should measure the space available for it. Avoid overcrowding your garden area with over-sized tables, armchairs, and swings. You should leave adequate space for people to move around. If you have limited space, you should choose space-saving furniture items like folding chairs.Decide What Style You WantIt is available in different styles like traditional and contemporary. You should choose a style that complements your garden area and also the décor of the rest of your home. For instance, for giving a wooded ambience to your garden, you should choose from teak furniture in traditional styles. But if you want to give trendy look to your garden area, you should choose from contemporary styles that are sleek and classy.Before you invest in outdoor garden furniture, you should properly assess your requirements. This will help you in selecting the right outdoor furniture. Apart from paying attention to style, size, and wood, you should also check how durable the furniture is and how much maintenance it would require.Nowadays, you can buy wooden garden furniture and patio furniture through online stores. Not only they offer good quality products at reasonable rates, but also have a wide range to suit different needs and tastes. Before placing your order, you should always check the shipping costs, delivery time, and return and exchange policy of the online dealer.
Did you know that 99 percent of those who enroll in a health club or gym do so because they want to lose weight? Actually, less than five percent of these new members reach their weight loss goals. Even more surprising is that only two percent of those who lose weight are able to keep it off for more than six months. The fact is this: attending a health club will not guarantee weight loss. In fact, most health clubs are not adequately equipped with health, wellness, and weight loss programs. Yes, there’s equipment and exercise classes that can help you improve your health and fitness, but you and I both know that it takes more than a class schedule and a bunch of equipment scattered in a room to ensure one’s success. As with most things, there are always going to be pros and cons to working out at the gym. I want you to know that it is not my goal to bash health clubs, but to explain the short comings of these facilities and empower you with the knowledge and understanding to make the most out of your health club experience. So let’s begin by taking a closer look at what I feel is the primary reason as to why most of us get the short end of the stick when we enroll in a health club membership. Disconnection The challenge with health clubs begins when you walk through the door. You are likely greeted by a front staff member who is hovering over or under the legal drinking age. I am not saying that a 21 year old is not capable of operating a health club. However, bear in mind that the largest growing population seeking improved health and fitness belongs to a Baby Boomer generation. My recommendation for health clubs and gyms that want to connect with this growing clientele is to staff the front desk with experienced, educated and trained personnel. It may cost more than minimum wage to staff the front properly, but in the long run, members will feel connected instead of neglected when it comes to achieving their goals. Encouraging Environment Let’s imagine for a moment that regardless of your age and/or ailments, you enroll in a health club or gym and are guided with exceptional service and reliable information. My next concern with health clubs and their staff is the gap between talking the talk and walking the walk. In my experience and that of many others over the years, it is not uncommon to walk into your local health club only to observe the front staff and personal trainers drinking soda and eating all the foods that are believed to diminish health and slow us from achieving our best body. In fact, I have even heard of health clubs offering donuts, bagels and cream cheese and cupcakes to members as they walk out the door. This is more common than you may want to believe. Therefore, my second recommendation for health clubs is to give the facility a touch of wellness. A supportive environment towards wellness is a great way to demonstrate how much you care about your business. A well-studied health supplement or a wellness newsletter can attract many new clients and keep them coming back on a regular basis. Health Club vs. Home In the last few years I have witnessed more and more people choosing to exercise at home rather than go to a health club. Nonetheless, your community health club can be your home away from home. However, in order for that to happen, it’s imperative that health club owners and management become what they market and promote. What I mean by this is that if a health club’s owner and management eat unhealthy food in front of members, it’s going to be difficult for the health club to radiate wellness. Though a health club is a place that welcomes all types of lifestyles, it’s to everyone’s benefit when these facilities are guided by leaders that “Walk their talk.”
Technology gurus are hiding in a variety of places these days. Say, for instance, the automotive industry.The automotive industry has produced some of the most advanced and user-friendly technologies publicly marketed in recent years. We can now not only operate our cars without keys, but we can also map our next trip, download information from our desktops onto a “carputer,” assess the state of the vehicle, watch movies, arm a security system inside and out and be alerted when others are in our blind spots.Take, for instance, an entry-level map-based integrated navigation radio, which uses a flash-based secure digital card color map database to provide high-performance navigation. A single, state-of-the-art navigation kernel and map data compiler used in the European market help shorten Original Equipment (OE) innovation cycles, and a range of options allows for entertainment and ease-of-use features. Integrated into a single unit, a map navigation system can be used in parallel to the audio system.Such a system can include AM/FM radio, navigation tools, playback mechanisms like compact discs and MP3s, and connectivity options for portable electronic devices. Of course, customers can add nearly anything a techy heart could desire, like a digital tuner, USB, touch-screen interface, voice recognition, steering wheel control and audio codec options.And that’s just the basic model. Touch-screen navigation radios are full-featured audio and navigation systems in one unit, using onboard computers that interact with the Global Positioning System (GPS), vehicle sensors and a DVD-map database. Such personal travel assistants minimize travel time, make travel more convenient and increase peace of mind. Benefits include multiple functions in one compact unit, the ease of a touch screen, voice prompts, entertainment options, state-of-the-art navigation, the ability to remap locations if the driver misses a turn and intersection views for detailed maneuvering guidance.Active safety systems, like active night vision, lane departure warning systems and infrared side (blind spot) alerts, are other excellent examples of automotive engineers’ ability to connect advanced technologies in a manner that makes the driving experience both safer and more enjoyable.Active night vision uses near-infrared headlamps to illuminate the road scene ahead and displays an enhanced image in the vehicle. This system provides high-beam visibility without blinding oncoming traffic. Components of the active night vision system can be shared with other safety features, such as a lane departure warning system.When lane departure warning systems utilize a camera, the camera can also be used for multiple features, such as active night vision, pedestrian recognition, rain sensing and intelligent headlight control. The lane departure warning system uses a monocular camera mounted behind the windshield to track lanes in front of the vehicle. Accompanying software estimates lane width and road curvature, and determines the vehicle’s heading and lateral position within the lane. When the driver strays from his or her own “dotted lines,” an audible, tactile or visual alert is issued. According to an automotive magazine, ninety-five percent of all vehicular accidents involve some degree of driver behavior — such as swerving. Systems like lane departure warning provide hope of reducing the approximately one hundred deaths that occur every day on American roadways, as reported by the Public Broadcasting Service in 1995.Side (blind spot) alerts provide the same hope. These systems help drivers be aware of vehicles in side blind spots when changing lanes and making turns. Sensors integrated into mirrors, taillights and side fascia measure the adjacent lane temperature over time to detect if vehicles are entering the side blind spot. If detected, the system provides visual indications within the mirrors. If this proves ineffective and a turn signal is activated anyway, an audible alert follows. These warnings give drivers more time to react and, hopefully, help avoid the more than 200,000 lane change accidents that occur every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.It’s amazing how easily they hide those geniuses of technology. We never hear their names, see their faces, or even, in most cases, acknowledge they exist. Yet it is the knowledge, safety and connectivity solutions of automotive engineers that are helping save lives and helping make sure the rest of us don’t get hopelessly lost on the way to that next great adventure — at least not too often.