Looking To Buy A Pda - page 8

I've posted this on the infomatics board but am looking for more feedback. I've been offered a beta test of medical reference for PDAs by a major publisher. I'd love to work with them on it, but I... Read More

  1. by   presC.
    hi kiyasmom,

    thank you for the info. i'll check it at once.
  2. by   LPN4Life
    I have had a Sony Clie for about 3 yrs now and have only used it a total of 1 time, when I first got it, playing with a new toy...I guess I just don't understand what all the fuss is about, I never downloaded or hooked up to the puter, I sure wish I could learn how to use it, it was over $500, and just sits here collecting dust with all of my other must have gadgets
  3. by   Euskadi1946
    Quote from V SPN
    I've posted this on the infomatics board but am looking for more feedback.

    I've been offered a beta test of medical reference for PDAs by a major publisher. I'd love to work with them on it, but I need to aquire an actual PDA first.

    Which unit are nurses ACTUALLY using? I know the Palm units have the major market share, but I read good things about the Handera units.

    Any advice on brand, megs, memory, speed, price, etc. from actual working nurses using these things everyday would be appreciated.

    Thankx

    v-
    I asked our computer people here at my work and they recommended either the Handspring or the Tungsten. I bought a Handspring Treo 90 which was discontinued in March of this year and I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I downloaded the ePocrates RX. For me it is very useful for what I do. The meds are in alphabetical order and I just have to type in the first 2-3 letters of the med and it pops up and gives me all the info I need. I love it.
  4. by   COwannabe
    One of our NP's has a Palm with 128 MB!! She has the entire Merck manual on it - but she says it comes in handy. Of course she's the self-profesed geek who has a stethoscope that can actually beam a patient's murmur to her Palm...:spin:
  5. by   Nurse GOODNIGHT
    This may be off post, but...I did not read all 10 pgs.(sorry) I noticed the OP date was 2001? I have a HP 2215 which I dearly love. Even though I was the only one in my clinical group to have one (possibly my whole class) I was the one all the other students came to for answers to their ?s. Even the instructor. I know in the fall with 300+ clinical hours to do it will come in handy. It came in handy this semester during my pimping sessions. I rocked when asked a ? Even used the drug feature (pepid) to do my care plans in advance (yuck-required) and then when I got to the hosp. the next morning if my pt had been d/c'd and I had to pick another pt or my pt changed meds I would look up my meds with my PDA so I could give them after being pimped by my instructor. Invaluable.
    Also the drug carts/doors to invasive procedures/ hosp pharmacy etc have diff codes/ext #s etc. I have all #s/passwords/codes to these. My password to electronic charting is different for different facilities. So when my preceptor says callXXX I get right on it as opposed to the others who go to the nurses station, ask the unit secretary ask several people etc and 10 minutes later.......you know...........ummmm........(I'm on my next case already)
    One of the reasons cited by my classmates for not having one/knowing how to use---money..When I graduate I'll get one, etc etc etc....If you graduate(just kidding). Know 99% get by without one but man is it handy. Wave of the future. Think some of the Ivy leagues require their use.

    Originally posted in a different forum but thought some were still considering the usefullness of a PDA.
  6. by   mjbsn2006
    I have decided to go with a dell axim x30 (no wireless) since I have an acount there. Does anyone know where I can download free software? It operates on the Microsoft system. thanks
  7. by   sandylpn04
    If you had a choice of the Palm Zire 31, 72 or the Palm Tungsten E, which one would you choose? I don't really want to spend over $300 on one of these but have no idea on which one would work better. I've heard a lot of people talking about how they wish they had a "docking battery charger", hope that's what it's called, instead of just a reg. battery charger. What's the difference? And also any hints on where to purchase a PDA? I'd rather see one in person before I buy it. I mainly want to use mine for nursing, not too worried about taking photos, playing games or downloading music. I'd like a calender and enough space to download the medicines and maybe some other things that could help me while I'm in school. Thanks for any help you can give me on this since I feel the salesperson will just try to make a sale and not actually suggest the right thing that I need to buy.

    Sandy
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    The moderators should really close out this thread every six months or so and require that a new one be opened. That's about how often PalmOne and the other PDA manufacturers release new models, new prices, new choices!!!

    If this is your first handheld, you've already made one intelligent decision: going with the Palm Operating System. There is simply more software available for this platform (as opposed to Pocket PC) and more FREE software. I'm assuming that would appeal to a student!

    Of those three choices, I would strongly recommend the Tungsten E for a number of reasons:

    The Zire 32, at $149 (from PalmOne.com -- you may find different prices elsewhere) has only 8 mb of memory and a lower resolution screen (160 X 160 as opposed to 320 X 320 for both of your other choices.) Memory is going to make an enormous difference, especially if you download epocrates, a popular free program with drug information. Screen resolution is also going to make an enourmous difference as you're viewing the tiny little writing on some of those medical programs. 320 X 320 is pretty much the standard now, and I wouldn't advise going with less unless the extra $50 for the Tungsten E is going to break you!

    At $299, the Zire 72 as a lot of great stuff -- but's is mostly stuff you say you don't need -- taking pictures, downloading and playing music. It has one of the best screens on the market, 32 mb of memory and an onboard camera. But unless you really need those things, or have an extra $100 and WANT them, there's no need to pay that.

    For $199 (again, from the PalmOne site 15 minutes ago), the Tungsten E has all of the features you'll need -- hi resolution screen (as good as the Zire 72's), 32 mb of memory and all the calender, address book and other standard software that both of the other devices have. Plus, if you order from PalmOne.com, it comes with a free 32 mb memory card. That will double your memory (did I mention that memory will become an issue as you use the device?) It's also compatible with Word, Excell and Power Point, and I cannot tell you how convenient it is to be able to carry around that kind of stuff. I have hospital procedures and protocols on my Palm, both the existing versions and the ones I'm writing. (You'll be writing papers for school, and with the Palm and an inexpensive folding keyboard, you'll be able to work on them anywhere!) I also have spreadsheets with my budget and expenses, Weight Watchers points, and Power Point presentations of the Ventricular Assist Device classes I teach.

    Sorry this has been so long, but I've spent a lot of time researching Palms, and it's an interest of mine. You can read more at www.Brighthand.com.
  9. by   sandylpn04
    Thanks so much for your help Ruby. I purchased the Palm Tungston E and am going to try and attempt to learn how to use it. :chuckle I'm going to try some of the websites listed in this thread for some medical programs, esp. the drug guide one. I appreciate your input.

    Sandy
  10. by   shinerchia
    Quote from v spn
    which unit are nurses actually using? i know the palm units have the major market share, but i read good things about the handera units.


    i use my palm every shift. i'm to the point where i feel like i lost my wedding wring or locked my keys in the car if i have to work without my palm.



    i don't know what software you are looking to evaluate, but i swear by davis's drug guide (skyscape interface), 5 min consult (skyscape) er/icu toolbox, various preg wheels, drip calculators, eponym, dictionary, etc. a tech recently asked me what games i had. i told her i done have room for games (nor time). my palm works for a living.



    when i'm king, the whole ed will be a wifi hotspot. all of my labs will magically appear with crit values flashing in red or something. i'll be able to pull up the med, the concentration, the rate, and beam it to a pump with 2 taps (of course we'll have smart pumps that know what bed and pt they are assigned to). the led on the pump will show the info (like many multi slot baxters do now) and it will just ask me if i want it primary or secondary (it will know and default to primary for standard stuff like ns, d5 ns, lr, ns, etc.).



    btw, since all of this could happened tomorrow, i suggest you feedback to your company that it must be the standard of care. we are still building fires by rubbing sticks when we should have piezo lighters.
  11. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from sandylpn04
    Thanks so much for your help Ruby. I purchased the Palm Tungston E and am going to try and attempt to learn how to use it. :chuckle I'm going to try some of the websites listed in this thread for some medical programs, esp. the drug guide one. I appreciate your input.

    Sandy
    Glad I could help, Sandy. I think you'll enjoy your Palm!
  12. by   Altra
    Quote from shinerchia
    When I'm king, the whole ED will be a WiFi hotspot. All of my labs will magically appear with crit values flashing in red or something. I'll be able to pull up the med, the concentration, the rate, and beam it to a pump with 2 taps (of course we'll have smart pumps that know what bed and pt they are assigned to). The LED on the pump will show the info (like many multi slot Baxters do now) and it will just ask me if I want it primary or secondary (it will know and default to primary for standard stuff like NS, D5 NS, LR, NS, etc
    I wanna work in this kingdom ... :chuckle

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