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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.

Goss sees active (and sometimes forgetful) Baby Boomers, for themselves and their parents, as one group likely to benefit from using the chart. She also said the chart is ideal for caregivers. During the day, a patient may have home healthcare but at night family members may take over. The chart makes the transition seamless, she says.

"I've seen firsthand what people not taking their medications properly can do," says Goss. The repercussions of missed doses include more days off work and increased doctor and hospital visits. Goss adds that almost 12 percent of hospital admissions and 25 percent of nursing home admissions are due to the person's inability to take medications properly.

Goss notes that the charts also can be customized with a name and logo for healthcare businesses to use as marketing tools.

The Weekly Medication Chart sells for $4.95 and the Weekly Medication Kit for $9.95. For more information, visit http://www.easyminders.com.

    Contact:

    Harlyene Goss
    HD Merrimack
    60 Island St, 4th Floor
    Lawrence, MA 01840
    (978) 681-9969
    harlyene@HDMerrimack.com

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