Lexi-Comp's PDA Applications
When discussing applications needed to function in today's every
changing healthcare arena, what would make your professional life
complete? While the ultimate super application may be different
for each user, Lexi-Comp has been watching and listening to the
needs of the mobile health professional. Sit back, relax and think
about how your life as a "corridor cruiser" will be
enhanced by the following.
Lexi-Drugs Platinum - not just your basic drug information
program. Lexi-Comp actually has combined 8 of its drug handbooks
into this one database:
Drug Information Handbook
Drug Information Handbook for Advanced
Drug Information Handbook for Psychiatry
Geriatric Dosage Handbook
Drug Information Handbook for Cardiology
Anesthesiology and Critical Care Handbook
Drug Information Handbook for Oncology
Pediatric Dosage Handbook
You get up to 56 fields of information! Its not just dosing,
use and drug interactions but more detailed information such as,
Cardiovascular Considerations, Effects on Mental Status, Effects
on Psychiatric Treatment, Emetic Potential, Monitoring Parameters,
Physical Assessment/Monitoring, Pregnancy Issues, Anesthesia/Critical
Care Comments and much more. We would recommend prior to downloading
this applicationm, that you take
a tour of the components and learn what this program has to
offer. By taking the tour you will be introduced to the data and
will be able to decide if you want the essential, comprehensive
or comprehensive plus specialty application installed. Once installed
just look for the icon on the handheld named Lexi-Comp On-Hand.
Tapping that icon will take you to the Lexi-Drugs application.
Three index choices are offered. You can search by alphabetical,
pharmacologic category and even special alerts (primarily drugs
containing "black box" warnings issued by the FDA).
Once you choose a medication, you have the quick jump function
to quickly choose from up to 56 fields for viewing. All dosing
parameters are offered including pediatrics and geriatric considerations.
There is also the ability to link directly to other areas within
the database or even other programs without exiting the drug monograph.
That's right, seamless linking between all Lexi-Comp programs,
what a bonus!
At any time you can also return to a previously viewed document
from any database by using the History icon, or return to the
Index by choosing the back arrow. These tools are invaluable when
you are searching for information for the poly pharmacy patient.
Lexi-Comp did their homework by including Herb interactions for
pertinent medications. Today's savvy patient often has many combinations
of prescribed and OTC supplements, so be certain to ask the patient
and check that particular field. The presented information in
the fields is doubled spaced with each main subfield in bold text
thus allowing an easy reading format. This certainly surpasses
ePocrates with the detailed information presented.
Scott says: " If I am in the ICU or telemetry, the information
is so comprehensive, that any drug information needed is always
available. I find the content out shines ePocrates." He also
related that the content is applicable for nurse anesthesia drugs.
|Lexi-Diagnostic Medicine - Accessed via
the same reader is a companion application that we would highly
recommend. This comprehensive application is a combination
of Lexi-Comp's Laboratory Test Handbook and Diagnostic Procedures
Handbook. It can be accessed by tapping on the title bar in
the upper left corner of the screen. A hidden drop down list
appears titled "installed books". By choosing installed
books you can choose to enter any of the available Books in
the reader. You are presented with a choice of either an alphabetical
or key word index. This is an eBook that will prove invaluable
to nursing, from students who often need to carry one of those
diagnostic manuals that generally do not easily fit in your
lab coat thus making you untether your backpack and play hunt
for the right reference.
Up to 32 sub fields can be accessed giving you a comprehensive
presentation to view. Some choices available are indications,
limitations, name, normal findings, patient preparation, special
instructions, synonyms, and usual turn around time from test to
results. A special field is included called references; complete
with journal or book referenced with the accompanying volume,
date and pages. Where else can you access this information along
with the test information simply by tapping a field?
A comprehensive review is offered regarding what is included
in the procedure. One of our favorites has been the information
on colonoscopy. Having received a call from an elderly patient
who did not understand the written instructions regarding her
diet, I simply accessed the information from the application.
Detailed information was there regarding the time frames and amounts
of milk of magnesia to consume with alternatives plus a great
list of foods included in clear liquids. Along with the references
Lexi-Comp included a special footnote category. This invaluable
application allows fast, comprehensive access to any diagnostic
test currently performed. Think of sharing this information with
your patients. It is easier than you think. With a few easy instructions
on how to tap and choose, you'll have your patients awed with
the information at hand.
|Lexi- Interact For those who have PC
access to Lexi-Comp Online, this will be a companion application
for your handheld. The information is essentially similar
and is available for both the Palm OS and Pocket PC. One can
even link directly to the Interact package from the above
applications. Once a medication is selected you are presented
with interacting categories. Each monograph is assigned a
risk rating from A, B, C, and D or X. These are interpreted
as common academic scales. Rating of A or B is of academic
but not clinically a concern. C, D and X require the user's
attention. The included text of patient management will provide
assistance regarding the types of actions that could or should
be taken. Agents that are of lower risk are generally handled
by identification in the patient management or discussion
section of the drug monograph.
Current selections are visible in their own list,
thus making frequently used drugs available for your review. If
you are caring for selected patients, beginning this list will
afford you a quick reference guide for interactions available
without the need to return to the main list and reading through
each monograph. Tapping the analyze button elongates the list
with the important information. What a comprehensive method to
store all the medications currently used which provides a mobile
solution for prescribing additional pharmaceuticals.
Congratulations to Lexi-Comp and their forward thinking capabilities
and making your products well worth their price. Pocket PC handhelds
have long had the capability to multitask and have a few folders
open simultaneously. Palm has lagged behind; however, Lexi-Comp
has adjusted their readers to include all of the above mentioned
applications under one icon for the reader. You no longer have
to exit the entire application but choose a different book from
the handy drop down screen accessed in the upper left corner or
link directly to another databases from within a monograph or
Lexi reader with the platinum drug, diagnostic med needs 5325k.
Interact adds another 1963k of memory needed.
Palm OS 3.07 with 2-4 mb free space
Pocket PC 2-4 mb memory, interact requires 3mb free space
Lexi-Drugs provides daily updates for download and synchronization.
Both Scott & Sylvia
can be reached by email