ASPOD Emergency Aspirin Dispenser
ASPOD is the only system in the world specifically designed to provide you with instant access to an emergency dose of soluble aspirin – wherever you are, 24 hours a day, even in the dark. Emergency aspirin has been proven to significantly reduce deaths from heart attack, and the earlier it is taken during a heart attack, the greater the benefit. Many senior health care professionals recommend that an emergency dose of 300mg soluble aspirin is carried at all times by people over the age of 35.
The ASPOD is a plastic aspirin holder with a fast and easy to open flip top lid. The ASPOD will fit to a keyring, belt loop, handbag, golf-sports bag or rucksack. The ASPOD is light yet robust and water resistant and protects soluble aspirin from breaking, powdering and dampness. Also provided in an info loop which is luminous and makes the ASPOD easier to see in the dark. The loop carries crucial information outlining the correct procedure following a suspected heart attack. Contact information can be added to the loop such as the patient’s name and emergency contact telephone number.
REMEMBER: IF YOU NEED TO TAKE AN EMERGENCY DOSE OF ASPIRIN YOU MUST DIAL 999 FOR AN AMBULANCE FIRST – AND THEN IMMEDIATELY CHEW AND SWALLOW ONE 300mg SOLUBLE ASPIRIN.
Research shows that it takes 14 minutes for a chewed soluble tablet to produce maximal platelet inhibition, and a swallowed tablet 26 minutes. Demonstrating that, when chewed, soluble aspirin is the most effective way of accelerating absorption of aspirin into the blood and shortening the time required for an anti-platelet effect, the anti-platelet effect stops an existing clot from worsening. However, there are several issues connected with carrying soluble aspirin in pockets, bags or wallets:
- During a suspected heart attack the patient may be unable to locate the aspirin.
- If located, the patient may be unable to open the aspirin foil.
- If the patient was unable to administer the aspirin themselves, it would not be apparent to a ‘first aider’, that aspirin was being carried and should be taken as a matter of urgency.
- Aspirin is extremely susceptible to dampness; this will cause it to lose its stability, become less effective, and may smell of vinegar.
- Aspirin, is particularly prone to break into smaller particles (friability), and is likely to be powdered when needed and therefore difficult to take.
The ASPOD design team and engineers eliminated these problems during the two year design and development stage. The ASPOD will ensure that, when needed, an emergency dose of 300mg aspirin is easily accessible and in a stable condition.
The ASPOD device was conceived, designed, and manufactured in the United Kingdom. It is slim, light, and little larger than a 50p coin. ASPOD’s unique x2mlock™ design means that aspirin will remain dry and stable for at least six months once placed in the device. Customers can register their ASPOD online and will be reminded, via email, to change the aspirin every six months.
These exclusive design features, plus the electronic reminder facility, will ensure that the 300mg dose of aspirin is available, and of optimum efficacy if/when needed.
The ASPOD is manufactured in ‘pharmacy green’ and made from robust, scratch resistant polymers and designed to fasten onto, or act as, a key ring. In order to make it easier to add keys onto the ASPDOD key ring, we have moved from the conventional round key ring to a ‘G ring’. This has a leading edge, which protrudes slightly into the centre of the ring, and no pressure is required to open the ring. The ASPOD can also be hung from a belt loop, handbag, sports bag, or rucksack by using the sturdy metal belt clip supplied. By using custom made (inert) Pharmagraf ™ pads, tablet movement and rattle has been eliminated, tablets will not be tainted, the pads are coloured grey and will not be mistaken for a tablet!
The ASPOD has been designed to have high visibility in order to attract the attention of ‘first aiders’ in cases where the patient may be unable to administer the aspirin themselves. Also provided with the device is an info-loop™. The info-loop™ attaches to the ASPOD, and because it is luminous it makes the ASPOD easily accessible, even in the dark. The Info-loop™ also carries critical information outlining the correct procedure to be followed in the case of a suspected heart attack. By using a permanent marker pen the patient’s name, together with an emergency contact telephone number, can be added to the info-loop™. This will provide emergency services with vital information.
It is hoped that the ASPOD will reduce deaths and prove an adjunct to Public Health by educating and empowering the public to carry a 300mg soluble aspirin at all times.
The case for Aspirin
Aspirin has been proven to reduce deaths from heart attack by 20-25%* and the earlier it is taken during a heart attack, the greater the benefit. If sudden severe chest pain is experienced a single 300mg tablet of soluble aspirin should immediately be chewed and swallowed, together with a drink of water if readily available.
Aspirin has also been shown to be beneficial if taken for a sudden worsening of anginal pain (unstable angina). A patient who has unstable angina and whose chest pain suddenly becomes worse, or who experiences anginal pain when resting, should also chew and swallow a single 300mg soluble aspirin without delay.
Soluble aspirin tablets should not be swallowed whole.
Please take note of the following:
- If in the past an allergic reaction to aspirin (such as swelling of the face or throat, or an acute asthma attack) has been experienced, aspirin should not be taken – even in an emergency!
- Aspirin is best avoided by patients who have stomach trouble, especially if a gastric or a duodenal ulcer is suspected.
- The ASPOD is designed to be child resistant, but, as with all medication, it should be kept out of the reach of children.
- Aspirin should not be taken if symptoms suggest a stroke! If aspirin is taken without medical advice at the very commencement of symptoms suggestive of a stroke and if the stroke is a haemorrhagic (bleeding) lesion, then the cerebral bleeding might be very markedly increased.
The manufacturers make no lifesaving claims for the ASPOD but relies on a large body of medical evidence. Exhaustive efforts have been made to verify the accuracy and reliability of the evidence relating to the use of aspirin as described. This includes extensive research and repeated consultations with leading academics, doctors, and pharmacists over a two-year period.
Opening Your ASPOD
PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN OPENING YOUR ASPOD, EXCESSIVE FORCE COULD DAMAGE THE HINGE!
1: Hold eyelet between thumb and forefinger
2: Put index finger of the other hand under one of the protruding tabs on the outer edge of the Aspod lid
3: Gently but firmly pull lid forward. LEAVE FOAM IN PLACE
Closing Your Aspod
1: Bring front and rear together. Apply even pressure to areas around protruding tabs
2: Apply pressure just below eyelet until another click is heard
3. If no click is heard, hold both halves together placing thumb below eyelet, and push the eyelet forward towards you.
Due to the minute tolerances involved in precision moulding, the final locking click on some ASPOD’s may be ‘felt’ rather than heard. This does not indicate a faulty product.