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Healthcare Professional Is Working to Make a Difference, One Dose at a Time
Date:5/12/2009

Environmentally Friendly, Reusable Charts Help Patients Manage Their Daily and Weekly Medications

LAWRENCE, Mass., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- While President Obama is working to improve the healthcare industry as a whole, it's individual healthcare professionals like Harlyene Goss who are making a difference on a smaller scale.

Goss, a medical technologist, enjoys her line of work but wanted to do more. "I feel good about what I do in the hospital lab," she says, "but it's never made my heart sing."

Now patients, caregivers, occupational therapists and professional organizations are singing the praises of two of Goss's health-related products. Her Weekly Medication Chart and Weekly Medication Kit are proving invaluable to people of all ages.

Both the chart and the kit are reusable, which resonates with Goss's other passion -- the environment. Even the charts' colors incorporate green, which ties in to that theme. And pre-assembly work for the products is done by CLASS, Inc., which employs the disabled.

The laminated charts have rows to accommodate up to six different medications with columns for each day of the week. There are also spaces to record time of day the medication is to be taken, the medication's color and/or shape as well as with any instructions the patient and/or caregiver needs to be aware of. The medication kit also includes two detachable pill dispensers labeled for day and night with compartments for each day of the week.

Both the chart and kit include two nontoxic, felt-tipped markers, one black and one red. The black marker is used to write the medication information; the red marker is used to make an "X" as each dose is taken. The markers are attached with Velcro(R), and the writing can be easily removed with a damp cloth or rubbing alcohol. On the back of each chart are areas to list emergency phone numbers.

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