|IDEA BY:||Oliver Weizel||LOCATION:||Canada||CATEGORY:||Science/Medical|
|IDEA BY:||Oliver Weizel|
The best medication in the world won’t work if the patient can’t remember to take it. Customized dosing ‘patches’, holding medications and administered transdermally, ensures proper dosing and timing, eliminating this problem once and for all. These patches would consist of small squares of time released medication, arranged along with other patches (one for each medication), creating a medicinal patchwork quilt worn on the upper arm. With a waterproof coating, users could bathe regularly, and a special reactive coating would turn blue alerting both the patient and/or caregiver when the patch requires changing. Each patch would hold one week's worth of medication, and the blue indicator would remind users or their caregivers that it is time to change the patch. A GPS tracking patch could be added, providing peace of mind to the loved ones of those who may suffer from problems with situational awareness, and run the risk of wandering off. With a simple phone app, you would always know where they were. This combination of medication and location monitoring could have a profound affect on some of the most vulnerable members of our society; the elderly, the mobility or cognitively impaired and, of course, children. Medication will be prescribed by one’s family doctor, and the weekly patches will be available at pharmacies. All individual patches on the Transdermal Medication Patch Quilt will be clearly labeled with the name of the drug and dosage, along with the start date, to reduce the risk of error. Physicians could then alter the types and dosages of the individual medicinal patches as needed. The Transdermal Medication Patch Quilt has many applications beyond individual use. It could save both time and labour, and could also reduce the risk of dosing errors in hospitals, daycare centres or nursing homes.