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Nursing IT

Evidence-based medicine for nurses at point-of-care

IPSWICH, Mass. – EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has introduced a point-of-care tool for nurses that’s designed to provide relevant, evidence-based medical information.

According to the company, Nursing Reference Center (NRC) is one of the first point-of-care tools for nurses providing an array of vital non-journal content, which can be integrated into any electronic health record (EHR) system in order to streamline nursing efficiency and reduce medical errors.

NRC will feature the CINAHL Nursing Guide, including 3,600 evidence-based lessons on procedures, including Quick Lessons; clinically-organized nursing overviews that are designed to map the nursing work flow, and Evidence-Based Care Sheets; evidence-based summaries on key topics incorporating the best available evidence through rigorous systematic surveillance.

The point-of-care tool also includes unique nursing reference books, lab and diagnostic test overviews, legal cases, point-of-care drug information for nurses and customizable patient education information.

Nursing Reference Center enables nurses to quickly access the best available evidence on conditions or diseases and to review the leading nursing reference books at the point-of- care which can be integrated into their nurses’ workflow.

By infusing evidence-based content into the workflow, NRC is designed to improve the consistency of care and ensure that the latest guidelines and medical alerts are known by the entire nursing staff. NRC allows nursing administrators to compile pertinent information on nursing standards, common conditions and treatment, diagnostic tests, research instruments, questionnaires and drug information on a floor by floor or department by department basis.

Stratton Lloyd, Vice President of Medical Markets at EBSCO Publishing says, “A critical objective for the Nursing Reference Center is to enable nurses to find the ‘right’ answers ‘faster.’”

Lloyd says, “With this in mind, we have carefully organized the content to be consistent with how nurses work and think and we have leveraged the rich CINAHL indexing to quickly limit and hone their searches appropriate to their location in the Nursing Process. In addition, we have designed the technology to easily link out to other systems and to work with all electronic medical record systems ensuring that the best available information is accessible at all points in the nurses’ workflow.”

NRC allows nurses to search in a variety of ways including: Diseases & Conditions, Drug Information, Patient Education, Practice Resources and Continuing Education. The information in Nursing Reference Center also can be searched using the standard nursing process ADPIE (Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation). Other nursing standards have been incorporated into the NRC database, including red flags and life threatening and frequent use indicators.

Nursing Reference Center also includes hundreds of proprietary continuing education modules, daily nursing news feeds with FDA alerts and critical clinical updates and allows for integrated searching of a user’s CINAHL and MEDLINE® thereby serving as the ultimate point-of-care resource for practicing nurses.

About EBSCO
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 200 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.) The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, SocINDEX and SPORTDiscus as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

 

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