Multi-dose medication management service makes it easier to track medication use
Elderly patients who need to take multiple medications will find it easier to identify and track their medication use with a new automated medication packing system.
The system is called ConviDose and is part of a pilot programme started in May 2010.
It is currently being used by some 3 thousand patients in 14 nursing homes and four long stay wards in the Institute of Mental Health.
The National Healthcare Group which came up with ConviDose, aims for it to help nursing homes free up manpower, save on storage space and improve medication safety.
ConviDose works by having machines pre-package patient dosage into sachets, according to the stipulated quantity and time the pills need to be consumed.
Compared to the calendar blister packs used to organise medications, this system is at least 14 times faster.
There are plans to extend this service to day care centres and patients being looked after by private health care providers.
The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home's Executive Director Madam Low Mui Lang, says the system is convenient for her nurses.
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