Approximately 20% of hospital emergencies are directly related to wrong or incorrectly taken medication. The statistic is increasing if we also include missed doses. In order to help people with chronic illnesses to take their medication, pillboxes exist.
THE PILLBOX: A TOOL AGAINST FORGETFULNESS
Around 60% of patients forget their medication from time to time. The pillbox helps a lot to avoid this forgetfulness. Moreover, with the new technology, there are currently intelligent, connected or both connected and interoperable pillboxes. Indeed, with these different types of pillboxes, patients’ forgetfulness is greatly reduced. It is interesting to know that these high-tech pillboxes warn you with light and sound signals when you take your medication, and also if there are delays in taking it. They also warn the patient’s pharmacist or relatives. All this has been created so that the patient can take his medication properly.
THE PILLBOX: A TOOL TO FACILITATE THE CARRYING OF MEDICATION
The pillbox has revolutionized the way people take their medication. It helps chronic patients to take their medication properly, as 30 to 50% of them take their treatments incorrectly. The pillbox helps patients to take their medication even during long trips. It is easier to carry, compared to many packages of medication. It saves both space and time. It is, in fact, essential to know that the forgetfulness of patients with chronic diseases occurs especially during travel. Whether it is a homemade pillbox or a high-tech pillbox, it always helps to facilitate the carrying of medication when traveling.
THE PILLBOX: TAKE YOUR MEDICATION AT THE RIGHT DOSAGE AND AT THE RIGHT TIME
Taking the wrong medication, or forgetting to take it, can have serious consequences on the patient’s health. It can make recovery more difficult, or even degrade the patient’s initial state of health. The pillbox, in its function, mainly helps patients to take the medication with the right dosage and at the right time. Some pillboxes also help patients to administer the medication in the right way. In the case of a simple pillbox, without technological innovation, to sort out the right medications, the help of a third person is useful to avoid overdosing. In the case of a high-tech pillbox, the medications are classified beforehand by the pharmacist in charge. This ensures that the patient can take his or her medication properly.