PDA Software

  1. Does anyone have any recommendations for PDA software? I will be attending a FNP program this August and am looking for software. I have a Dell Axim X50v.
    Does anyone use Freeware or Shareware?

    Thanks for your advice
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  3. by   elFNP
    Quote from Bigranger
    Does anyone have any recommendations for PDA software? I will be attending a FNP program this August and am looking for software. I have a Dell Axim X50v.
    Does anyone use Freeware or Shareware?

    Thanks for your advice
    You can't go wrong with getting
    1. Epocrates
    2. 5 Minute Clinical Consult
    3. John Hopkins Antibiotic guide (free)
  4. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from Bigranger
    Does anyone have any recommendations for PDA software? I will be attending a FNP program this August and am looking for software. I have a Dell Axim X50v.
    Does anyone use Freeware or Shareware?

    Thanks for your advice
    The epocrates freeware is good if you are a student or an RN who just wants basic drug info and a coupla neat calculators. If you want the real stuff you have to get the pay version. Epocrates is good but, in my humble opinion, Pepid is better and, unlike epocrates, the company allows you to download the full version of the program and try it for free for a month. Check it out at pepid.com.
  5. by   Bigranger
    Thanks for the info!

    Anymore people using PDA's?
  6. by   FNP/DNP
    Quote from elFNP
    You can't go wrong with getting
    1. Epocrates
    2. 5 Minute Clinical Consult
    3. John Hopkins Antibiotic guide (free)
    I agree with all of the above.
    If you purchase the epocrates upgrade you can get labs, drugs, diseases and an antibiotic guide. I have religiously used epocrates for 3-4 years and have never been disappointed, It is well worth the money and you really can keep up with all new drugs as they come to the market.
  7. by   FNP/DNP
    Quote from Tony35NYC
    The epocrates freeware is good if you are a student or an RN who just wants basic drug info and a coupla neat calculators. If you want the real stuff you have to get the pay version. Epocrates is good but, in my humble opinion, Pepid is better and, unlike epocrates, the company allows you to download the full version of the program and try it for free for a month. Check it out at pepid.com.
    What is it you like better about pepid. I'm just curious- I saw that they have an ED version and was considering trying it out too. The only bad thing I have found about epocrates is that it can be difficult to install for the first time.
  8. by   ckh23
    www.skyscape.com has many programs that are available for download, but for a one time fee.
  9. by   cgfnp
    Quote from Bigranger
    Does anyone have any recommendations for PDA software? I will be attending a FNP program this August and am looking for software. I have a Dell Axim X50v.
    Does anyone use Freeware or Shareware?

    Thanks for your advice
    As others have said, epocrates is a staple. I love it, and it provides one key piece of info that the books usually don't: cost of the meds. I hate not knowing how much a drug costs that I'm writing for as many patients are now self pay or high deductible insurance which means we need to be cost efficient. For instance, Amoxil 875 BID would be more convenient than 500 TID, but until I called the pharmacy I didn't know that the course of 875 was about $45 compared to about $15 for the 500 course.
  10. by   hollyster
    Love my F.A. Davis Drug Guide from skyscape. Has compatabilites including herbals,indcations,half lives,great teaching and even printable monographs.
  11. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from FNP/DNP
    What is it you like better about pepid. I'm just curious- I saw that they have an ED version and was considering trying it out too. The only bad thing I have found about epocrates is that it can be difficult to install for the first time.

    I just like the Pepid user interface more but thats a matter of personal preference. It costs about the same as epocrates and they're both good products. I recommend you try them both and see which one suits you better.

    As for Skyscape software.... they market some excellent products but their trial versions don't permit you to see much of anything. 99% of their trial software functions are locked and you have to buy the program to receive the key to unlock it. If you don't like what you see they won't give you a refund which sucks IMO. I did buy the Tabers medical dictionary and the Davis Drug guide from skyscape and these are both very good. But I also bought RN Notes and a couple others that were a bit of a disappointment.

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