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Low Cost Unit Dose Medication Packages

  Submitted by: Kimberly Muma on May 28, 2015
  HomeGrown Solution Number: 251
Identification of the Problem
Purchasing a unit dose medication system may be cost prohibitive, require software updates, become difficult to maintain, or take up valuable space; however, simulating unit dose medication packaging can be inexpensive and simple to do.
Unique Idea
Using 2x2 clear plastic zippered bags ordered online ($8/1000 bags) and clear 2x2 labels ($55/1200 labels), and a template in MicroSoft Word, you can create low cost simulated unit dose medication packages that mimic the real thing.
Objectives
Supplies/Ingredients
1. 2" x 2" Clear Plastic Zippered Bags found through online sources (I purchased 1000 2x2 zippered baggies through Amazon.com for under $8, including shipping)
2. 2" x 2" Clear Labels (I purchased 1200 labels from Onlinelabels.com for $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping)
3. MicroSoft Word Software (the labels I ordered came with a free template)
4. Mock medications
Steps to Creating the Solution
1. Using a template provided free along with the purchased labels, type your unit dose medication labels with the information that your Simulation Center desires (see attached examples). Using MS Word, you can easily use several text boxes per individual unit dose medication label to hold the desired content.
2. Print labels, trim with scissors to fit a slightly smaller area than each tiny 2x2 plastic zippered bag, and then affix the clear printed medication labels to the tiny zippered bags.
3. Fill plastic zippered bags with mock/fake medications and you will have inexpensive unit dose medications that closely mimic the real thing!