So what are the advantages of using a seven day multi-dose med card over those of a thirty one day single-dose card? In short, the answer is, “it depends.” At Janus, we choose to use seven day multi-dose Dispill packaging for a variety of reasons. Let’s spend a few minutes discussing outlining our multi-dose medication dispensing system.
Why Our Multi-Dose Medication Dispensing System Makes Sense
Most of the patients we serve are on an average of at least five medicines. Therefore, a multi-dose medication dispensing system works well in this regard. For instance, if you take three medicines at 8 AM all three medications will be located inside the morning bubble section of your package. If you take five medicines at bedtime, they will be packed accordingly in your evening bubble. Our system involves a weekly card where each row of medicine is labeled by day of the week. Each section across the top denotes morning, noon, evening and bedtime doses.
This is really helpful for patients with multiple medications because it gives them a visual aid. Thirty one day dispensing systems require multiple attempts to dispense each medicine. Pill bottles require you to remember if you have taken a particular medicine. If not, you must count them to be sure. Seven day multi-dose cards make administration easy and efficient.
In addition, since we use Dispill packaging, all of your medication information is conveniently printed on the back of each section. Sections are perforated so you may remove them if you need to go out for the day, take a vacation, or go on a weekend trip. Sections are color-coded is well speak to make it easy for you to keep up with each dose in regards to time of day.
Finally, for those customers we serve who live in some sort of residential facility, Dispill cards are designed to hang in a file cabinet or file locker type system. This makes it easier for nursing staff to find medication for you so you can administer the medication yourself. Dispill takes makes med management easy for staff to keep up with.
When 31 Day Cards Make Sense
While many facilities use thirty one day cards, we have found them to be cumbersome for a few reasons. First, if you have ten medications, you are going to have at least ten cards. If you have PRN medicine, you will likely have more. Second, it is easier to get doses mixed up, or take them incorrectly on a thirty one day card.
It happens because you are human. You may skip a dose, double a dose, or take them in a different order than the numbering system. The end result yields a med card that looks more like a bingo card. It can be confusing and difficult. Plus, most of the information is printed on a label at the top of the card. If that gets bent or damaged, you have no point of reference. Our seven day multidose card provides you with easy to read identification for each dose packet.
However, that’s not to say that 31 day cards are completely out of the question. It’s not uncommon for our customers to have a seven day multidose card along with a thirty one day med card for PRN medications. These are medicines you might take periodically, therefore they are not counted as part of your daily regimen. Yet, beyond that, we use Dispill compliance packaging to make sure your medicine is easy to manage. Safe, efficient and compliant, our seven day multi-dose card is another way Janus works to make med management and administration easier. Together, we are making an impact on patient continuum of care.
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