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Careousel
Simple to use – Designed and Made in Sweden

The Careousel® is an automatic pill dispenser which reminds the user
by means of an alarm and flashing light when to take their medication.
It will make the correct dose available at the correct time of day or
night, whilst keeping other pills locked out of sight. Medication is
dispensed from an internal tray containing 28 sections.

Careousel Automatic pill dispensers incorporate a number of important
and advanced features which are designed to help both the user remain
compliant with their medication regime and further support their family
members, carers and pharmacists.

It can be easily filled and programmed by the user, relative, carer
or pharmacist to dispense pills up to 24* times a day. At the
pre-programmed times, the dispenser rotates, the alarm signal is heard,
and the correct dosage comes into view through the opening in the lid.
The alarm can be programmed to ring for up to 5* hours, or until the
dispenser is tilted so that the pills fall into the hand or suitable
container. This will cancel the alarm.
*see comparison chart for specification of each model.


The product range: There are 4 versions of Careousel® Dispenser

Careousel Mark 3
Careousel® Mk3-11
Automatic Pill Dispenser

Careousel® MK3-11 Dispensers have been widely used throughout the UK
since 2002, until the introduction of the Careousel Advance Dispenser in
2012. With its proven reliability, it has been for many years the
preferred choice among professional care agencies within the NHS and
Local Authority Social Services.
With 1-28 daily alarms
Start Delay function can delay activation to allow pharmacists or family
members to easily fill in advance away from the user’s home.
Warning alerts in the case of low battery or dispenser upside down.
Features:

  • 1-28 daily alarms
  • 29 section tray
  • Start-delay function to enable off-site filling by Pharmacy or family
  • Alarm can sound for up to 1 hour
  • Automatic Daylight Saving adjustment
  • Upside-down warning
  • Review actual ‚dose taken‘ times
  • Low battery warning
  • 4 alarm sounds
  • Battery life up to 12 months
  • Interface for Telecare enablement
P2
Careousel® Advance
Automatic Pill Dispenser

With 1-24 daily alarms
The Careousel Advance has the same basic functions as the Careousel Mk3-11 but with additional important security features.
This dispenser is now the preferred choice of professional care agencies within health and social care in the UK.
A self-locking shutter over the lid opening prevents access to the
medication tray except at the alarm time. This prevents the possibility
of double dosing or the forced movement of the medication tray by the
user.
The tray will not rotate if upside down. If a dosage time occurs when
the dispenser is upside down it will alarm as normal but the tray will
not move forward. When upright it will move to the correct dose for the
time & date at the next alarm time.
Start Delay and Stop functions – delays activation or deactivates
dispenser – useful for those using multiple dispensers and to allow
pharmacists or family members to fill in advance away from home.
Features:

  • 1-24 daily alarms
  • 28 section tray
  • Secure shutter
  • LCD displays dispenser status
  • Start-delay and Stop functions to enable off-site filling by Pharmacy or family
  • Upside-down memory
  • Automatic Daylight Saving adjustment
  • ‚Doses left‘ counter
  • Alarm can sound for up to 5 hours
  • Review actual ‚dose taken‘ times
  • Battery life up to 12 months
  • Interface for Telecare enablement

GSM
Careousel® Advance GSM
Automatic Pill Dispenser

With 1-24 daily alarms
The Careousel® Advance GSM dispenser includes all of the enhanced
security and display features of the Careousel® Advance dispenser and a
GSM module which transmits text messages to up to three designated
contacts (typically family members) and an e-mail if medication has not
been dispensed from the device at the medication time. This enables
appropriate action to be taken to check on the wellbeing of the
individual before a potentially adverse event occurs.Pharmacell Administration Centre
The Careousel® Advance GSM dispenser can be programmed online using the
Pharmacell Administration Centre. The Administration Centre provides
reports on the user’s Medication Compliance, for example, it records the
actual times when medication has been dispensed and when warning
messages such as ‘Dose not taken’ have been sent. The full
communications history between the device and the Administration Centre
can be monitored.
Sends text messages to up to three family members or carers if
medication has not been dispensed from the device at the medication
time.
Sends an additional e-mail to one family member or carer. Also sends warnings in the event of:

  • 4 doses only remaining in the medication tray
  • Half of the programmed alarm period has elapsed
  • Dispenser has been left upside down
  • Low battery
  • Device error
BlueTooth
Careousel® Advance Bluetooth
Automatic Pill Dispenser

The Careousel® Advance Bluetooth dispenser includes all of the enhanced
security and display features of the Careousel® Advance dispenser with
an additional Bluetooth module. Can be programmed using an App on
smartphones or tablets (Android or iOS), and if a second smart device is
left within range of the Bluetooth Advance Dispenser, it will send
alert messages to concerned Carers and Family in the case of:

  • Dose taken
  • Half of the programmed alarm period has elapsed
  • Dose missed
  • Dispenser has been left upside down
  • 4 doses only remaining in the medication tray
  • Low battery
  • Device error

The App will also hold information on the Dispenser allowing Pharmacists to review the actual dispenser logs.
Will be launched end of 2015.

Tray


How does it work?

Careousel Advance, Advance GSM and Advance Bluetooth
SECURITY – The self-locking shutter over the lid opening prevents access
to the medication tray except at the time that medication is programmed
to be available. This prevents the possibility of double dosing or the
forced movement of the medication tray by the user.
OPERATION: When the dispenser lid is closed the shutter locks making the
medication tray inaccessible. At a dosage time the tray will advance
clockwise and the shutter will be released.
The alarm will sound and the light will flash to alert the user. The
medication can be accessed by tilting the dispenser through 90 degrees.
The shutter will swing open as the dispenser is tilted allowing the
medication to fall out. The medication should be poured into the hand or
a suitable container.
Once medication has been dispensed by the user and it has been returned
to the horizontal position the shutter will lock making the medication
tray once again inaccessible. If the medication is not dispensed by the
user within the programmed alarm time (the ‘After’ time: 5min–5hrs) the
shutter will lock and thereby make the medication that remained in the
open pill compartment but which had not been taken by the user
inaccessible. This removes the possibility that the user will be able to
take a dose immediately before the next dose is due and potentially
double dose.

Size and weight
– Width: 190 mm
– Height: 56 mm
– Weight with batteries: 480 g
– Content of compartment in dispenser: 15 ml

  • Display – the LCD display is visible though the lid
    allowing the user and carer to view: the date and time, the time that
    the next dose is due, the number of doses remaining, the battery level
  • Daily Alarm Times – 1-24.
  • Compartments – 28. Two or more compartments can be programmed to alarm at the same time (for those with many or large pills).
  • Start delay function – delays activation to allow pharmacists or family members to easily fill in advance away from the user’s home.
  • Stop function – deactivates dispenser – useful for those using multiple dispensers in the home.
  • Four different alarm sounds.
  • Flashing light for those with hearing impairment.
  • Lockable – only the medication due can be accessed by the user.
  • Day / time discs supplied (for 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 times daily dosage and one blank disc for five or more doses per day).
  • Batteries – It is possible to use either Alkaline AA or re-chargeable batteries.
  • Battery life – 12 months. Battery level meter and warning indicator.
  • Secure battery case cover to deter tampering (screw provided)
  • Spare trays, lids and time discs available for off-site filling by family members or pharmacists.
  • Can be Telecare enabled (e.g. Lifeline / Carephone / Sayphone systems) with Alarm Response Centre response.
  • Interface: The interface currently provided in the
    Pivotell Mark 3/11 Automatic Pill Dispenser (CI0108M1Hxx,CviLux 8 pin)
    will be retained to enable connection to current Telecare systems.
  • Serial Interface: The dispenser will incorporate an
    improved interface for Bluetooth and other transmitters and receivers.
    The serial interface provides USART Rx, TX (3V3 voltage level) and Power
    supply (4 x alkaline or NiMH).

More info available from Pivotell

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