Our initial review of PEPID stated "utility abounds
for nursing ". What prophetic words! Thanks to the vast professional
knowledge of the PEPID RN editorial team, nursing now has a first
class point-of-care reference tool.
RN - Clinical Nursing Companion - was developed by a multi-specialty
team of nurses to meet the clinical information needs of professionals
in all specialties and practice settings at the point of care.
|The PEPID RN database combines clinical content
(complete with Nursing Considerations) on diseases and conditions,
with weight-based dosing and body-surface area calculators,
health and wellness teaching guides and a complete drug database
to assist the clinical nurse with the problems and decisions
encountered in the normal course of treating and planning care
for their patients. Labeled the Clinical Nurse Companion, its
strengths include the applicability to daily practice and the
convenience of having a comprehensive, portable database available
wherever and whenever additional information or decision support
Downloading and installing
The only glitch during installation was remedied by the astute
guidance of their support team. This involved following directions
very closely downloading the correct version for the appropriate
handheld. Point and click technology can have drawbacks in the Microsoft
environment. Once completed, PEPID RN runs smoothly. With a few
trials, even the novice can easily search and receive the appropriate
The 1500 nursing presentations include diagnoses, pathophysiology,
dispositions, alternative modalities and interactions, dosing, IV
drip rates and adverse reactions. Within each category, a link exists
to explore further referential information. Once a topic is entered
by entering key alphabetical leads, the speed factor for access
takes over by a responsive scroll bar. Ah, but that is not the end
of the program. You can access approximately 1400 medication files
with both brand and generic names listed. The cross reference for
subcategories is one of the best I have viewed. The editorial team
had superb insight into providing point and click links by underlining
key words. Simply click the stylus on the corresponding link and
off you go to the next category.
The search index contains all key words and topics that are sorted
alphabetically and that will allow the user to find the links and
open the appropriate detail. Any new user should select INDEX from
the bottom of the screen, and then click PEPID at the top for the
table of contents which will provide invaluable directions.
· Key features that increase the utility and functionality
for all nurses in all specialties and practice settings are under
the general table of contents with sub categories . Also included
is a lengthy nursing specialty category. System and specialty
nursing include Cardiovascular, Dermatology, a lengthy section
on Emergency nursing, Endocrine, ENT, Hematology and Oncology,
Iinfectious Diseases, Obsteterics and Gynecology, Orthopedics,
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonary and Urology.
· General Nursing information includes extensive information
on procedures, pain management, electrolyte imbalances, drug interactions,
equations, formulas and medicolegal considerations.
· Health and Wellness section to guide screening, prevention,
and patient education
· Age specific considerations targeting the needs of a
diverse patient population
|PEPID was in the forefront for offering
the new Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons information
database in their program. Now PEPID has included an integrated
dosing calculator for weight-based and body surface area-based
dosing. This calculator works instantly, right inside PEPID.
Also in the latest version is a calculator to convert S.I. and
Metric units to conventional units, and a Canadian drug trade
names look up feature to find generic equivalents..
Requirements include the ability to use your PC or laptop in case
you have not purchased a handheld yet.
Memory-4000K's and I would recommend that you have at least an
8MB handheld. The application is downloadable for either the Palm
OS or Windows CE/Pocket PC. For those wanting to use their memory
cards for storage, a special add on program (like PowerRun) is necessary
for Palm 500 series and Sony Clie. It is anticipated that future
versions will eliminate the need for secondary program add ons.
Owners of Handspring devices can easily place PEPID RN on memory
cards by following the simple instructions on the PEPID website.
Pricing is quite reasonable for their subscription which includes
free updates via the internet. As an added Free bonus PEPID is offering
a metric unit conversion to conventional units category including
the S.I. unit conversion along with the Canadian Drug trade names.
You can choose from the following subscriptions:
· 6 month-$59.95 ($9.99/mo.)
· 12 month-$89.95 ($7.49/mo.)
· 24 month-$139.95 ($5.83/mo.)
For the price of just one grande espresso (can't you tell I live
in Starbucks land!) you can have a full year subscription to PEPID
RN that will augment your vast knowledge base in nursing and provide
you with a reference tool to improve quality care.
In today's world of mandates for medical error reduction, nursing
professionals will recognize the utility and potential of this database.
Think of it as the 5MCC ( 5 Minute Clinical Consult) for nursing!
All in all I can personally recommend PEPID RN to all RNs who require
a comprehensive and up-to-date resource at their fingertips.
By: Sylvia Suszka Hildebrandt,
RN, BS, MN, ARNP, CCNI, Editor PDA cortex
Get your copy of PEPID RN for the Palm OS here
and for the Pocket PC here
A complete listing of PEPID products is available here
Editors note: PEPID adds new topics and information
with each update, and has demonstrated that they are very responsive
to user feedback and requests. Your application will be updated
as new information and features are added.
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