Tips & Tricks

From your Epocrates Guru

October 2014 - Tips & Tricks
How do I use the Epocrates Pill ID feature to identify an unknown pill?
The imprint code on the pill is the characteristic that is most uniquely identifiable. Inputting the physical attributes of the pill (e.g., shape, color) is really only necessary when you do not have an imprint code to input.



If the imprint code is clearly legible:



1. From the Epocrates home screen, tap on the Pill ID icon.
2. Enter the imprint code (e.g., "ZA22") in the "Imprint - Side 1" field. The "Imprint - Side 2" field is optional. Do not enter other characteristics (i.e., shape, color, score).
3. Tap the "Done" button.




 
4. The number of matches will be displayed at the top of the screen.
5. Tap the arrow directly to the right of "Match(es) Found" to view the results.

The unknown pill is correctly identified as simvastatin 40 mg.
 
 
If the imprint code is illegible:
Try entering only other characteristics, such as shape, color, and/or score. If the results are unsuccessful, try selecting a similar color. For example, what appears to be a pink pill may be logged as lavender.x
September 2014 - Tips & Tricks
Epocrates offers a general weight-based dosing calculator that is capable of calculating both individual dose amounts based on dose and patient weight (e.g., mcg/kg, mg/kg, etc.) and daily dose amounts divided between multiple daily doses (e.g., mcg/kg/day, mg/kg/day, etc.). You can find the dosing calculator by tapping on the Calculators tile from the main Epocrates home screen. Alternatively, it may be launched from any Epocrates drug monograph that contains weight-based dosing.
Tip #1: How do I calculate a solid dose when the dose is expressed in single doses?
If the dose is expressed in single doses (e.g., "2.2 mg/kg PO q12h"), calculate the amount that will be given at each individual dose by entering the Dose Amt (in amt/kg) and the patient's weight. You do not need the "Freq q" field because you are calculating what an individual dose will be. You will then order that dose at the appropriate frequency.

Example: Doxycycline Peds Dosing for Severe Bacterial Infection in a patient >8 yo

1. Launch Dosing Calculator



2. Enter values and select the appropriate units (Dose Amt = 2.2 mg/kg; Weight = 48 lb). Notice that, since you are calculating an individual dose (Dose Amt unit in mg/kg), as opposed to a total divided daily dose (Dose Amt unit in mg/kg/day), the "Freq q" field is not necessary, so it is inactive.



3. Select "View Results" or scroll to the results section to observe the dose to give every 12 hours (~47.9 mg). Since doxycycline comes in a 50 mg solid form, this is the dosage form that will likely be used (50 mg PO q12h).



Tip #2: How do I calculate a solid dose when the dose is expressed as a portion of a total daily dose?
If the dose is expressed as a portion of a total daily dose (e.g., "25-45 mg/kg/day PO divided q12h"), calculate the amount that will be given at each individual dose by entering the total daily Dose Amt (in amt/kg/day), the patient's weight, and the dosing frequency (i.e., the interval between doses, which will dictate into what equal portions the total daily dose will be divided). You will need the "Freq q" field for the dosing frequency because you are calculating a total daily dose and then dividing it into a certain number of doses. Selecting a Dose Amt unit that includes "/day" activates the "Freq q" field.

Example: Amoxicillin Peds Dosing for Bacterial Infection in a patient >3 mo

1. Launch Dosing Calculator



2. Enter values and select the appropriate units (Dose Amt = 35 mg/kg/day; Weight = 48 lb; Freq q = 12 hr). Notice that, since you are calculating a total divided daily dose (Dose Amt unit in mg/kg/day), as opposed to an individual dose (Dose Amt unit in mg/kg), the "Freq q" field is now necessary, so it is active.



3. Select "View Results" or scroll to the results section to observe the dose to give every 12 hours (~381 mg). Since amoxicillin comes in a 400 mg chewable tablet, this is the dosage form that will likely be used (400 mg PO q12h).



July 2014 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: How do I find information about generic drugs in Epocrates?
The Epocrates drug database lists both brand name drugs, as well as available generic drugs. Brand drug names with begin with a capital letter, while generic names begin with a lowercase letter.

Within a drug monograph, it is easy to switch between brand and generic monographs. You can also view additional drugs with the same generic name.

1. Open Epocrates on your mobile device.

2. Tap the search box at the top of your Epocrates app and search for a monograph of either a brand or generic drug.


3. With the monograph open, tap the section at the top containing both the brand and generic names to view a list of drugs with the same generic name. Tap the generic selection to open the monograph.


4. Once you have the generic monograph open, you can easily return to the brand monograph by pressing the back arrow in the upper left corner until you reach the desired screen.

Tip #2: How do I find the available strengths of a medication?
Using the steps above to search, and move between brand and generic monographs, open either the Adult or Peds Dosing section to view the different strengths available in the Dosage Forms field.

May 2014 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: How often is Epocrates content updated, and how can I be sure my software is current?
In a typical week, Epocrates Medical Information Editors add and revise 200+ drug/disease monographs and drug-drug interactions. To ensure that you have the most current and accurate information, you'll need to manually update (sync) your Epocrates app on your mobile device. You do not need to update Epocrates Online; the content is updated automatically.

Here's how you can manually perform a clinical update:

1. Swipe right on your Epocrates home screen to reach settings, and select Updates.


2. View the date of your last content update, and to check for new updates.



Please Note:
A wireless connection is required to update. We highly recommend the use of Wi-Fi, or updating via a carrier plan that includes unlimited data. Epocrates is not responsible for any charges encountered with a wireless provider. For more information, and a video detailing the above process, please visit our support site: Epocrates Support
January 2014 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: How can I give you feedback about your products?
Every year, we ask how we can help you provide the best care to your patients. We take this feedback seriously. It helps us make important changes to our products—and offers you a better experience in the long run.

Be on the lookout for our member survey in 2014. You will receive it by email.

In addition to feedback, we are seeking member-provided tips to give you an opportunity to share your favorite shortcuts and features in Epocrates.

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Tip #2: How can I explore past tips and tricks?
Over time, we've collected your questions and sent the Guru on a hunt to answer them. Now we have in-depth information to help you use your Epocrates more efficiently. To explore past tips and tricks, go to side menu and choose a date.

December 2013 - Tips & Tricks
Epocrates Rx and Essentials displays all of Epocrates' useful point-of-care tools as icons on the quick-access Epocrates home screen. The Guru has tips to customize and bolster your Epocrates application.

Tip #1: How do I customize my homescreen?
You can customize your Epocrates home screen by re-arranging icons. Tap and hold an icon, and drag to the desired location or screen. Let go to drop it in place.

Swipe the screen to advance to a different page, and see additional icons. The number of pages is indicated by the wrench and dot icons that appear toward the bottom.
Tip #2: How do I add additional resources?
The App Directory offers free and paid clinical references, interactive anatomy atlases, calculators, dosing tools, and other resources most relevant for your practice.

Within the App directory, tap on an app to read a description. Touch the "View in App Store" button to install through the App Store. Once downloaded, you can move the icon to the desired location in the Epocrates application using tip #1.
November 2013 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: Does Epocrates offer patient education materials that I can provide to my patients?
Yes! In Epocrates Online, you have access to free patient education materials to help your patients understand the medication they have been prescribed. To access this free resource, visit online.epocrates.com in your computer browser. Use your existing Epocrates username and password for free access. Search for the desired medication in the search box at the top. In the monograph, select "Patient Education" in the menu on the right.



You can print the information that appears, or email it directly to your patient.

October 2013 - Tips & Tricks
Unmask the benefits of our all-new Provider Directory with this quick tip (once you've downloaded the latest version of Epocrates from the App Store or Google Play):

Tip #1: How do I search?
Open your Epocrates app and tap the Provider Directory tile. You can easily search for clinicians by name, specialty, or location (city, state OR zip code). From the Search Results screen, sort listings by First Name, Last Name or Distance, or refine your search even more by tapping Filter in the top right corner. After you've selected a provider's profile, tap Map it to see where they're located.

September 2013 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: How do I modify my drug formulary selection?
Receiving calls from pharmacies about drugs that are not covered on your patients' formularies isn't just time consuming; it can delay your patients' treatment. You can reduce this delay with the Epocrates formulary tool, which will tell you exactly which medications are covered by insurance.

To search:

1. Go to www.epocrates.com on your computer.

2. Click on "My Account" in the top right. (See figure 1)



3. Sign in with your Epocrates username and password, if needed.

4. Click on "Edit Formularies" in the middle "Account" banner. (See figure 2)




5. Follow the on screen instructions to select and download formularies or to remove formularies. Click the "Done" button when you've finished.

6. Update your mobile software, by swiping to the left from your Epocrates main menu, and the formularies on your mobile device will be changed accordingly.

Related FAQs:
Formulary abbreviations in Epocrates
Tip #2: How do I search for an alternative drug that is covered on my patient's drug formulary?
Here's how:

1. Select your patient's drug formulary by touching the "Formulary" box. (See figure 1)

2. Select "Alternatives" (See figure 1)

3. Make a "Subclass" selection if prompted.

4. To the right of each drug listed, it will display an abbreviation indicating the level of coverage on your selected formulary. (See figure 2)

August 2013 - Tips & Tricks
Tip #1: How do I search for what I need in Epocrates?
Use one quick search to access any drug, disease, prescribing, and dosing information you may need at the point-of-care. The search box located at the top of your Epocrates homepage will search your entire Epocrates clinical database, which may include drugs, diseases, infectious diseases, lab tests, resources centers, and tables.

To search:

1. Open Epocrates

2. Tap the search box at the top of the screen, and enter the term you wish to look up. (See figure 1)

3. Tap on the relevant entry from the list of results as it appears.

Related FAQs:
How do I search by drug class

Tip #2: How do I find a drug indication?
Indications and off-label uses are included in the Adult and Peds Dosing sections of Epocrates drug monographs. Each blue bold header is an indication or use, with its specific dosing listed immediately under. Here's how:

1. From within a drug monograph, select Adult or Peds Dosing (See figure 1)

2. Indications are listed in blue. Off-label indications are preceded by an asterisk (*) (See figure 2)

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