MedKey

HIGH SECURITY PRESCRIPTION CONTAINER

A Lock & Key Mechanism designed to provide Enhanced Security to Prescription Containers to which Pharmacists & Medical Workers are charged with.

Project Brief

Design a function and novel child resistant and/or senior friendly locking container for injection molding, using the least amount of parts possible, which requires at least a two step process for opening. Additionally, seek to employ CSP's sealing technology.

Research

Where is the Market Right Now & Where is the Thought Direction Going?

Current Market Solutions

A survey of the current market solutions for Child Resistant Mechanisms, User-Friendly Design, and Elder-Friendly Design deemed to be usable by their mass manufacture.

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Current Market Prototype Solutions

A survey of what is currently out there for innovative design.

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Interviews

Human Development &

Family Studies

  • Children are inquisitive.

  • Like to imitate adults.

  • Want to eat or get into food or candy colored objects.

  • Young children won't necessarily understand words or graphical prompts for how to open a container.

  • Children are easily able to turn, push, and pull, but having to do two at the same time is considerably harder.

Elders

  • Line & Dot containers are hard to open, as it is often hard to see the dot.

  • Blister Packs are hard to open.

  • Pharmacy Custom Blister Packs are convenient as all their needed medications come in one pack. But in terms of being able to open, they would prefer a bottle.

  • Twisting and pulling does not inflame arthritis as much as pushing actions.

Pharmacists

  • Must open and check the pill count of every prescription bottle before giving it to the patient.

    • Doing this hundreds of times a day causes calluses and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)​ in the wrist and thumb of the dominant hand.

  • Pharmacists and medical workers are held responsible for the highly potent and expensive medications put in their care.

    • It is a relatively common occurrence for pharmacies to be burglarized​ and have their shelves of medicine swiped clean.

    • There are occurrences of unauthorized medical workers and patients stealing medications from staff medical carts.

Interviews

Human Development & Family Studies

  • Children are inquisitive.

  • Like to imitate adults.

  • Want to eat or get into food or candy colored objects.

  • Young children won't necessarily understand words or graphical prompts for how to open a container.

  • Children are easily able to turn, push, and pull, but having to do two at the same time is considerably harder.

Elders

  • Line & Dot containers are hard to open, as it is often hard to see the dot.

  • Blister Packs are hard to open.

  • Pharmacy Custom Blister Packs are convenient as all their needed medications come in one pack. But in terms of being able to open, they would prefer a bottle.

  • Twisting and pulling does not inflame arthritis as much as pushing actions.

Pharmacists

  • Must open and check the pill count of every prescription bottle before giving it to the patient.

    • Doing this hundreds of times a day causes calluses and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)​ in the wrist and thumb of the dominant hand.

  • Pharmacists and medical workers are held responsible for the highly potent and expensive medications put in their care.

    • It is a relatively common occurrence for pharmacies to be burglarized​ and have their shelves of medicine swiped clean.

    • There are occurrences of unauthorized medical workers and patients stealing medications from staff medical carts.

Research Summary

 

PHASE 1

INITIAL CONCEPTS

Interviews

PHASE 1

INITIAL CONCEPTS

Interviews

PHASE 2

IMPROVEMENTS ON INITIAL CONCEPTS CHOSEN BY CLIENT

FINAL CONCEPT

MedKey | HIGH SECURITY PRESCRIPTION CONTAINER

SEQUENCE OF USE

SLA 3D PRINTING