As you will know, when you get a prescription from the doctor it will say something along the lines of "Take 2 tablets 3 times a day".
The Plait eMAR system (used in "standalone" mode without using scheduling) works on the assumption that all the customer medications are taken no more than 4 times a day, and we call the times when they take the medications Slots or Sessions. The system has four notional medication sessions, with arbitrary boundaries between them, as detailed below -
- Morning appears on the calendar at 07:00 - 08:00. It is deemed to be the current session at any time between midnight the first session boundary (which by default is 10:00).
- Lunch appears on the calendar at 12:00 - 13:00. It is deemed to be the current session from the end of the Morning session to the second session boundary (by default 15:00).
- Teatime appears on the calendar at 17:00 - 18:00. It is deemed to be the current session from the end of the Lunch session to the final session boundary (by default 19:00).
- Night appears on the calendar at 22:00 - 23:00. It is deemed to be the current session at any time between the final session boundary and midnight.
Alarms are generated for sessions 2 hours after the end of the session as it appears on the calendar.
The boundaries can be over-ridden, only in whole hours, on the Medication tab of the Organisation setup form, which can help the reduction of alarms when visit times do not match up in a convenient way with medication sessions.
It is recognised that this is an imperfect solution, and we are working towards integration of the eMAR system into our scheduling solution, which will allow for much greater flexibility and much more timely raising of alarms.