DAP is a sequential electronic pillbox where you can program from 1 to 6 stops per day, and with the lid closed is a compact pillbox of just over 1/2 kg in weight and 19 cm in diameter.
The lid has an opening of 2x2 cm where the tablets come out (fall) when it is placed underneath (with programming) a new compartment.
Inside it has a motorized carousel with 28 compartments that advances position to position clockwise, with each of the alarms programmed the carriage rotates a position and places underneath that opening a new compartment.
When the scheduled time (alarm) arrives, the car turns and a visual alarm (red light flashes) and an audible alarm (configurable in tone and volume) are triggered, indicating to the user that it is time to take the pills .
The safety pillbox has a lockable lid that prevents it from being tampered with.
In each compartment (it has 28) fit about 10 - 12 tablets and capsules mixed of different sizes, although the capacity will depend on if we cut the blister or if we put them loose. If we cut the blister we should make it as close as possible to the pills and with the rounded corners.
The carousel can be washed under the tap with warm water, never put in the dishwasher or under very hot water, if you want more asepsis we can clean it later with alcohol; It is recommended to put the lozenges loose as the cut out blisters are sometimes hooked.
If a daily stop is programmed, it can be a monthly pillbox for 27 days (one day for each compartment, because although it is 28, always leave the one that matches under the opening), if you program, for example, 4 stops Daily DAP will be a weekly pillbox, ......... ..etc.
To help with recharging, several indicator rings are supplied, 1/2/3 and 4 times a day. For example the 3-day day would be "Monday breakfast, Monday meal, Monday dinner, Tuesday breakfest, Tuesday meal, Tuesday dinner, ... etc.
The base of the automatic pill dispenser is circular in shape the size of a dessert plate, contains batteries, electronics with programmable clock, engine and cart with 28 compartments.
The cover that closes the pillbox which may be clear or solid (to be chosen at the time of purchase), has an opening in the lower part where the pills fall when the pillbox is dumped.
DAP weighs approximately ½ kg on the hand.
DAP101 has two types of covers, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
The clear cover is the best for the one who controls the medication, since with a simple glance you can know how many shots have been forgotten in the car and how many are left; but the transparent lid often prompts the patient to try to open the pill box to pick up other pills.
The solid cover doesn't show the pills and the user (patient) when they are accustomed to use it does not feel the need to open it to pick up other pills, but against the caretaker (who recharges the pillbox) should open it every time he wants to see how many shots have been left (forgotten without taking).
1º -It is programmed with the number of daily shots.
The pillbox is programmed once, with the desired shots for each day, each shot (alarm) represents a carriage stop; if they were 3 daily shots, which normally correspond to breakfast, lunch and dinner, we could have shots for 9 days.
The tone and volume of the alarm sound are also programmed.
2º - - It is filled.
The car always works clockwise, so when we fill the car we will do it in the opposite direction to the right (unlike the clockwise), compartment to compartment, putting in each one the corresponding pills , and following our example of 3 shots a day, we will put in each compartment the medication corresponding to breakfast-meal-dinner, breakfast-lunch-dinner, ... etc., so until we turn the 28 compartments of the pillbox.
To help in this we have a template. There are templates for 1/2/3 and 4 day shots.
3º - The scheduled time arrives.
When the scheduled time arrives the car turns one position and alarms are triggered, one visual and one sound, that will be active until the pillbox is overturned so that the pills fall or until 60 min. which is the alarm timeout (time it will be ringing), whichever comes first.
If the person doesn't remove the pill corresponding to that scheduled time, because he has fallen asleep or because he has forgotten, the shot (dose) remains in the compartment that is accessible until the next alarm is triggered, at which point the car advances a position, that shot is inaccessible and therefore definitely lost..
Once the programmed alarm time has passed, if the pills haven't been removed they will be accessible in the compartment until the next alarm,at which time the pills will not be accessible as the car will rotate one position until the next take.