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3 Must-See Destinations in Utah

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Utah is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Known for its breathtaking beauty, Utah is teeming with stunning canyons, mountains, valleys, and waterfalls, and is a prime spot for all sorts of outdoor recreation like hiking, fishing, skiing, biking, rafting, and golfing. Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, and seven national monuments, you won’t run out of exciting places to visit.

Pharmacist Robert Lammle loves Utah for its unsurpassed beauty and fun outdoor activities. Here are three of his favorite destinations in the state for visitors and residents alike to explore.

1.  Zion National Park – Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Zion is Utah’s oldest park (designated in 1919) and features unbelievable canyons, caves, cliffs, and hiking trails, which are visited by people from all over the world. The park is also particularly attractive to serious rock climbers, with its many sheer walls and challenging cliffs. Zion receives nearly 3 million visitors each year, making it the state’s most visited park.

2.  Bryce Canyon– There is nowhere quite like Bryce Canyon. Here, you’ll see the spectacular Hoodoos, which are odd-shaped pillars of rock created by forces of erosion and geological change. The canyon has thousands of these pillars and cliffs. Despite being called a canyon, Bryce is actually a collection of large natural amphitheaters situated along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southwestern Utah.

3.  Antelope Island State Park – Located about 41 miles north of Salt Lake City is the hidden gem known as Antelope Island State Park. Antelope is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, from which you can enjoy the most incredible views of the Wasatch Mountain range. Take in the scenery as you hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s trails or meander along its sandy beaches. The island is also home to free-roaming bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn antelope, and many species of birds.

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Will Pharmacy Automation Replace the Pharmacist?

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When it comes to counting and dispensing pharmaceuticals, pharmacy automation really comes in handy. It helps pharmacies manage, store and distribute their patient’s medications, providing a fast and safe way to dispense medications. Pharmacy automation robotic systems can count, cap and label prescriptions. They can store and track customer information as well as over 200 medications.

This innovative system has transformed the pharmaceutical industry. But will pharmacy automation actually replace the pharmacist?

Utah pharmacist Robert Lammle says no. And here’s why.

While pharmacy automation systems can effectively store information and count and dispense pills, there are many tasks these systems can’t complete. They can’t diagnose a patient, recommend treatments, or write prescriptions. They can’t interact with patients or healthcare providers, manage antibiotic therapy or dictate charts. And unlike these systems, pharmacists are pharmaceutical experts. They are trained to know everything there is to know about medications, their side effects and how they interact with other drugs.

Additionally, in most pharmacies a pharmacist is always available to offer medical advice and many provide walk-in clinics. People can just walk into a pharmacy and ask a pharmacist to recommend over-the-counter medications like for colds and flu and aches and pains. Pharmacists also help patients monitor their progress on medication and offer advice on lifestyle changes to increase positive results. While some people believe we’ll have flying cars in the next 50 years, people will never rely on a machine to recommend and monitor their medications.

In fact, by performing tedious tasks for a pharmacist, pharmacy robotic systems free up more time pharmacists to spend with their patients. Pharmacy automation systems just make it easier for pharmacists to perform other duties. And, these robotic systems reduce the amount of time patients have to wait in line to pick up their medications. Thus while they make the pharmaceutical industry more productive, pharmacy automation will not take away jobs. These machines will certainly not replace the pharmacist altogether.

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Improving Pace of Play on the Golf Course

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In the last PGA Tour, the issues of slow pace of play frustrated fans and players alike. Whether it’s a professional tour or just a friendly afternoon round, slow pace of play takes the fun out of the game. According to a recent article, the vast majority of golfers named slow play as the largest factor in taking away from their enjoyment, and 50% said slow play caused them to walk off the course in frustration. Four hours is the acceptable time frame for an 18-hole course, and golfers should meet that maximum standard.

Robert Lammle, a golf enthusiast in Utah, says the key to combating slow pace is players must be prepared and ready to play when it’s their turn. Playing at a brisk pace is proper golf etiquette and it’ll keep your muscles loose. While golfers are not encouraged to rush their shots, they should use their waiting time to get ready for their next stroke and to plan their strategy. Here are some of Lammle’s tips for improving your pace of play on the golf course.

  1. Choose the correct tees for your skill level. – To promote a brisk pace on the golf course, the PGA and USGA have sponsored the “Tee it Forward” initiative, which encourages players to use the correct set of tees for a faster, more enjoyment game. Using the wrong set of tees adds strokes and time.
  1. Use the group in front and behind you to measure your pace. – If you see the group at the hole ahead of you moving on, it’s time to speed up your pace. Do not leave a hole’s distance between you. Also, if the group behind you is ready to move on, don’t let your pace hold them up. Hit your shot within 20 seconds of reaching your tee to maintain a brisk pace of play.
  1. Don’t travel as a pack. – All the members of your group should not walk together to each ball. Instead, each person should walk right to his or her own ball to save time. Also, if two golfers are sharing a golf cart, the second player should drop off the first player at his/ her ball. The second player should then head to his/her ball, and the first player should walk to the cart after hitting.
  1. Plan ahead. – As your walking to your ball, think about your next shot. When you reach your ball you won’t have to spend a lot of time planning your shot.

In addition to players taking these steps to improve their pace, golf facilities should reconsider how they send off golfers. By adding more time in between groups, the course will avoid backups and more players can play the course.

 

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The Advantages of Pharmacy Automation Systems

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Patients expect the most from their healthcare provider and pharmacist. At some health care centers, patients spend more time in line or in the waiting room than they do with an actual doctor. To improve patient care services and reduce waiting time for patients, many pharmacies across the country have utilized new technology that eliminates the tedious process of counting, measuring, and dispensing pharmaceuticals.

Modern pharmacy automation systems have been around for two decades, but they continue to improve as new software and technological advances become available. These pharmacy automation systems and robotics automate the repetitive, day-to-day tasks completed by pharmacists and other health care providers. They help pharmacies and other health facilities administer, store and distribute their pharmaceuticals. The time pharmacists spend performing tasks like counting tablets or capsules can be allocated elsewhere, like to more one-on-one time with the patient.

Today pharmacies and hospitals of all sizes benefit from automation technology. The system not only ensures less waiting time for patients, but also it creates a safer and more efficient prescription dispensing process. These systems can count, label, and cap prescription vials, making them ready for easy pick-up. They can also store customer information, track medications, and manage inventory. And, they can store over 200 medications.

Cross-contamination is a concern of these machines, but it is preventable because they use separate cells for different pharmaceuticals. Many robotics, such as the RxMedic Automated Dispensing System, include photo-verification systems that digitally record all the prescriptions it fills. This system can also fill prescriptions after hours, making it beneficial to both the patient and the staff. Pharmacies with IVR will find their prescriptions filled and capped for their patient when they open the following day. This makes it highly advantageous for high volume and drive-thru pharmacies.

Pharmacist Robert Lammle utilizes pharmacy automation to ensure his patients receive the service and security they deserve. An experienced pharmacist in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lammle’s pharmacy provides a speedy checkout process to allow more personalized one-on-one time with patients.

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