I tested Lexi-Comp in class today: You're right, it's no use without the wireless. I'm so disappointed--it would have been convenient to have everything on one device. With that being said, I may have to delete the program and just stick to my PDA. For those of you out there contemplating BB use + Lexi-Comp for patient care, read on... A couple of things I didn't like/need to consider/and maybe you should consider if you work in a healthcare setting (load time in parentheses):
1. It was taking too long (for my tastes, anyway) to go from:
a. finding drug X (EVERY letter took ~2 seconds to show up on the screen. Talk about lag for a 10+ letter drug name.)
b. selecting drug X (~5 seconds)
c. and finding specifics, for example, adverse events. (~2 seconds once you're on drug X's screen).
I can't imagine being on the floor and saying, "Excuse me while my Lexi-Comp loads, your illness will have to wait."
2. The SureType function gets annoying because most of the drugs out there have unusual spellings (e.g. "tamsulosin,Ē "hydrochlorothiazide"). Slows down typing speed considerably. Kind of brought me back to the old "hunt & peck" days of typing on regular keyboards.
3. A lot of areas in the hospital either donít allow mobile phone use or don't have signal period. I frequently was getting a No route to server, please check network settings and signal
message as I walked through the hospital today. If you must have constant access to electronic drug information, consider using a PDA that doesn't require a wireless connection.
And FYI, I own a Pearl; I'm not sure if other models can load the software any quicker. Any personal experiences with Lexi-Comp/other drug resources + BB? Any recommendations? I'm all ears.