are PDAs useful in the ER?

  1. Do nurses and students find pdas to be helpful in the ER? I just got one for my second year of nursing school. I'm just wondering if its too fast paced to have time to look something up on your pda? I'm sure its a lot better than dragging books around with you, right? Is there nurses or students who have a pda and could tell me whether or not its useful? Or if someone has seen people using one... did the pdas seem to slow down the person or help them work more efficently? I'd really appreciate to hear from anyone who has one or has experience being around someone who used a pda in the ER. Thanks
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  3. by   Larry77
    I do find that I use my PDA less since I transfered to the ED from the Surgical floor but I do use it daily. Most of the time I use my PDA when I'm triaging a new patient and I'm not familiar with the med or disorder they are telling me they have.

    I do not use my PDA during codes or traumas because like you say there just isn't time--I have a small reference book that I will use for mcg to kg charts on critical meds etc during a code or trauma.

    While I do use my PDA less I still feel "naked" without it and won't part with it.
  4. by   SteveNNP
    *Hella* yeah!

    I've only been working in the ED for 2 weeks now, and I already have used my PDA more than when I worked NICU! I use it to calculate ABG's, LB -->Kg's, Drip rates, my scheduling, classes, etc. I even bought a paramedic holster for it, so I don't have to worry about losing it while dashing around the ED.