The new child-resistant pill containers help decrease the number of those emergencies successfully.
FREMONT, CA: More than 50,000 children who are younger than five years of age have been transported to the emergency rooms because of their medication overdoses each year.
The child-resistant pill containers have helped decrease the number of those emergencies successfully, but these medications can still be challenging for the utilization of older patients. Dexterity is concerned about the problems related to arthritis because it will make the usage of pill containers even more complicated.
Recently, a Purdue University innovator has designed a child-resistant pill organizer, known as Sera, that is simple for the patients to open with dexterity problems.
According to Jack Judge, a recent graduate in industrial design from Purdue, who invented the container, “Nearly half of all instances of young children ingesting the wrong medication involves grandparents’ medications.As someone who grew up very close to my grandfather, I understand the value of that relationship in a child’s upbringing. But the risks cannot be ignored, so Sera steps in to cover some unmet needs.”
Sera includes a hidden two-button mechanism that has been designed in a way so that only adult-length fingers are long enough so that they can unlock the container and open the pillbox.
Judge also said, “While most child-resistant mechanisms relies on an advanced degree of dexterity to be opened, Sera relies only on finger length, making the design more accessible for the aging population.”
Furthermore, Judge is working with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization so that they can license this patented technology. The office is now located in the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Discovery Park District, which is nearby the Purdue campus.