Illuminating the Issue
Did you know that more than two million poisonings are reported annually to poison control centers across the US? According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, approximately 90% of poisonings happen in the home. While adults, specifically those over age of 65, account for only 2.7% of reported poisonings, they make up more than 20% of all fatal poisonings in the US!
There are many factors for the high percentage of fatal poisonings among the aging. For one, older adults consume more pharmaceuticals than any other age group — over 25% of the total medications consumed in the United States and other developed countries. Many of these adults are taking more than one medication, in some cases as many as four to five.
Trying to keep track of this many medications would be daunting task for anyone! For adults over the age of 65, whose vision and hearing as well as short-term memory and other cognitive abilities are compromised with age, the task can seem nearly impossible. There are many cases of unintentional poisoning attributed to repetitive dosing, taking the wrong person’s medication (common in households with more than one older person) or mixing the wrong medications.
What’s your Bright Pill Organizer Idea?
Edison Nation Medical is hosting an innovation search to find the newest ideas to improve the current pill organization items to make them easier to use and hopefully safer for everyone.
Do you have an idea for an organizer that helps the patient keep track of the medications they have taken?
Perhaps you have an idea to make it easier for a healthcare provider to monitor a patient’s adherence to their medication schedule.
Or maybe a way to give a caregiver piece of mind that their loved one will be safe even if they cannot be there to take care of them every minute of every day.
Whatever the idea, just make sure it meets three simple criteria:
1. Improve patient care
2. Reduce costs
3. Is a unique idea that can be patented
Submit your bright idea for pill organizers to the Edison Nation Medical search today and help us reduce the number of poisonings from accidental overdoses in the US.
As always, we ask for well-communicated ideas. This includes filling out our easy-to-use submission form to the best of your ability. Upload images, sketches and any other media that supports your idea. Tell us your story. We even encourage you to create a video demonstration. Don’t worry. We aren’t expecting you to break out your inner Spielberg. Please keep videos to less than two minutes.
As always, your submission should be unique and protectable (we love to see patented ideas but that isn’t required). Each idea costs just $25 ($20 for Edison Nation Medical Insiders) to submit.