In today’s blog post, we will show you how to use “My Meds” tab of the MediRecord app and how to get the best value of it, creating meds dosing schedules, assigning meds to individual family members and noting important dates regarding the home first aid kit.
Since this section is quite extensive, we have divided this post into two parts. In the first one, we will show you how to add a medicine to the list and set its important parameters. In the next post, we will tell you about creating a drug dose schedule.
Add your first medicine
Right after the first login to the account in the MediRecord app, the list in the “My Meds” tab is empty.
To add the first medicine to the list of drugs in your home medicine cabinet, go to the “My Meds” screen and click the “Add” button. A form for adding a new drug will be displayed, where you can set the following fields:
- a person from your family to whom the drug is assigned (family members can be added to the list in the application profile settings)
- enter the name of the drug - this field is required, without providing the name, we will not be able to save the drug record
- provide the medicine packaging (e.g. a blister of 40 tablets, a 150 ml bottle, etc.) - optional field
- add a short description of the drug - optional field
- set a schedule of doses of the drug (we will come back to this in part two)
- mark important dates related to the use of the drug
Check the “Bought” button and see the dates that can be assigned to each drug.
When you mark a drug as “bought”, the current date will be added by default as the drug purchase date. This date is editable by clicking on it, as well as the drug expiration date below. The MediRecord application allows you to distinguish the expiry date for a closed package (by default, one year from the date of purchase, can be edited by clicking on the line with the date), as well as the expiry date of the drug when the package is opened.
After clicking the line “Opened”, the opening date appears (by default it is today’s date) and a new expiry date - “Due date (opened)”. The function of setting the expiry date after opening the package is useful when dealing with a drug that needs to be used shortly after opening.
The last field in the drug details is “The packaging was emptied”. After its activation, we will be able to set the date on which the packaging of the drug was completed. Such a drug will be archived in the application (it will still appear in searches, but it will not be on the list of available drugs).
We save the drug by clicking the “Save” button in the upper right corner of the window, which results in adding it to the list of medicines. Depending on how each date has been set, the drug may be labeled: 1.planned for purchase (if the purchase date is a date in the future) 2.medicine bought and available (before the expiry date - opened or not) 3.medicine bought but unavailable (expired or one that has already been completed)
Only drugs in the “Purchased and Available” state (marked with a Category 2 in the above list) can be added to a medicine schedule. Let’s take a look at our list of drugs after adding a few more items from our home medicine cabinet.
My Meds list
There is a dosing schedule section at the top of the list, and below there is a complete list of drugs broken down by planned (category 1), available (category 2) and unavailable (category 3).
We encourage you to review your home first aid kit and catalog the available drugs (as well as transfer the expired ones for disposal). In the coming days, we will publish the second post in this series, where we will tell you about creating and managing the schedule of medications taken.
added by: MediRecord Team