Drug and Disease Updates
Clinical Tip of the Month
FDA MedWatch Safety Alerts
Where do you CME? Photo Contest
Get Help with Medical Board Prep
Epocrates Atrial Fibrillation Mobile Resource Center
Expert EHR Insights for Small–Practice Physicians
Take 10 for Learning
Share Your Opinion. Earn Honoraria.
What's This Disease?

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This month, we’re excited to share several updates, including the most recent AHA guidelines reflected in our ACLS, PALS, and NALS Tables. Plus, there’s a CME contest, Epocrates EHR news, and much more. Keep reading to check off this month’s issue from your summer reading list!

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Clinical Tip of the Month

Joshua L. Conrad, Pharm.D.
Managing Editor, Medical Information, Epocrates

Paramedics, trauma center staff, and other emergency medical personnel must be prepared for almost anything. But, one of their most important activities may be providing advanced cardiovascular life support to patients in life-threatening situations. The Epocrates ACLS, PALS, and NALS Tables were designed to help healthcare professionals quickly recall important steps in administering emergency care to patients. These Tables reflect the most recent AHA guidelines, which are quite different from those published in 2005. Many of the most prominent changes are related to increased emphasis on circulation, such as not delaying more than ten seconds before starting chest compressions when checking for a pulse, not interrupting chest compressions to give medications, minimizing the time to resume compressions after a rhythm check or shock, etc. Indeed, even the previous ABCD sequence has been changed to CABD to reflect the importance of starting and maintaining circulation efforts.

To locate these Tables on your mobile device, simply type "ACLS", "PALS", or "NALS" in the Search area on the Epocrates Home or Tables page. We hope that you will find these Tables helpful reminders and refreshers to keep you prepared after your formal ACLS training.

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Are you ready for a public health emergency?

Visit CDC’s Emergency Preparedness Online Resource to explore topics such as pediatric emergency preparedness, recreational water illness, and diseases associated with animals in public settings.

FDA Medwatch Safety Alerts

Prescription drugs: Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs): No increased cancer risk, Drospirenone Birth Control: Possible increased blood clot risk, Avandia (rosiglitazone): Cardiovascular event risk, American Regent Injectables: Visible particulates

OTC products: SimplyThick: Risk of life-threatening bowel condition; Misleading Packaging: Pentrexyl Forte Natural, Multi-Mex Dietary Supplements; Undeclared Drug Ingredients: Slim Xtreme Herbal Slimming Capsule, ExtenZe Tablets

Medical devices: Thermography Breast Imaging: Not for mammography replacement, Beckman Coulter Ion Selective Electrolyte Flow Cell: Incorrect electrolyte results, Defibtech Lifeline and ReviveR Automated External Defibrillators: Software may cancel shock, Needleless Pre-filled Glass Syringes: Compatibility issue with IV access systems, Weck Hem-o-Lok Ligating Clips: Contraindicated for renal artery ligation in lap living-donor nephrectomy, Boston Scientific Devices Stolen: Infection risk, VITEK 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Cards:  Incorrect test results, H & P Povidone Iodine Prep Pads: Potential microbial contamination

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Drug and Disease
Evaluation of back pain
Irritable bowel syndrome
Evaluation of fatigue
Hiatal hernia
Otitis media
Peptic ulcer disease
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children
Herpes zoster infection
Amphetamine abuse
(norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol)
bromfenac ophthalmic (first-time generic for Xibrom)
Clenia (sulfacetamide/sulfur topical)
Cormax (clobetasol topical)
epinastine ophthalmic (first-time generic for Elestat)
Gaviscon Extra Strength (aluminum hydroxide/magnesium carbonate)
Gaviscon Regular Strength Tablets (aluminum hydroxide/magnesium trisilicate)
Gaviscon Regular Strength Liquid (aluminum hydroxide/magnesium carbonate)
Generess Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol)
Horizant (gabapentin enacarbil)
Loryna (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol)
Maalox Total Relief (bismuth subsalicylate)
Sprix (ketorolac nasal)
Staxyn (vardenafil)
Taclonex Scalp (calcipotriene/betamethasone dipropionate topical)
Texacort (hydrocortisone topical)
Tradjenta (linagliptin)
Vandetanib (vandetanib)
Victrelis (boceprevir)
Zytiga (abiraterone acetate)
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Where do you CME?

To enter the Where do you CME? photo contest, take up to 3 photos that show yourself in a place where you’ve completed Epocrates® CME activities.* Entries must be received no later than June 12, 2011 by 11:59pm PST to be considered.

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Get Help with Medical Board Prep

Choose from 34 intuitive, interactive apps to help you prepare for boards. For example:

Emergency Medicine Q&A: Pearls of Wisdom PreTest Family Medicine USMLE Review
First Aid Q&A for
USMLE Step 1
Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 3


Learn More about all 34 apps

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Epocrates Atrial Fibrillation Mobile Resource Center

The Atrial Fibrillation Mobile Resource Center is a valuable tool designed to help you stay current on the most relevant clinical news and research – it's FREE on the iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. Articles are carefully selected and commented on by Contributing Editor Douglas P. Zipes, MD, a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Follow these 3 easy steps to access this resource:
1.     Tap the "More" tab within your Epocrates app
2.     Tap "Resource Centers"
3.     Tap "Atrial Fibrillation"

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Expert EHR Insights for Small–Practice Physicians

The launch of Epocrates EHR will prove to be a groundbreaking moment in EHR offerings for small-practice physicians—especially with Epocrates’ Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Tom Giannulli, taking a leadership role in the development. As a small-practice internist, Dr. Giannulli knows firsthand the features and functionality needed for an intuitive EHR. Each month in the eNotes from Dr. Giannulli series, he will share insights and advice for the most optimal use of an EHR.

Read his first letter


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Take 10 for Learning

Epocrates EssentialPoints® activities are mobile-based product details. They're designed to keep you current on medical topics such as disease states, therapeutic areas, and treatment options in just a few minutes.

EssentialPoints activities are available within the Epocrates app under the "More" tab. By completing an EssentialPoints activity, you may also receive a free subscription extension.


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Share Your Opinion. Earn Honoraria.

The Epocrates Honors® program is our market research panel. Register for free and you'll receive email invitations to participate in market research surveys.

After completing your first survey, we will send your honorarium on a convenient Epocrates VISA® debit card to the mailing address listed in your Epocrates account.

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Log in to Epocrates Online for continually updated drug information and disease content and images.

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