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The Medication list floater lists all of the medications in Palmedic's database. It allows for filing of each medication according to class, so that, for instance, one could look at all "Cardiac" medications if one so desired. Medications are listed by both generic and trade names and can be sorted by either. To enter a new medication into Palmedic's database, the New button should be tapped. The Medication editor will be opened and allow for the entry of a new medication.
To edit a medication already in the database, simply tap on the medication within the list. Again, the Medication editor will open, but this time it already contains the information of the "tapped" medication. This data can be edited and saved to Palmedic's database. Medications can be "acted upon" (e.g., deleted, duplicated, etc.) by checking the list items desired with the check boxes to the left of the list. An action is selected from the router envelope that appears below the list. To enter new medications into the current patient's record, simply select the desired medications by checking them, and close the medication list floater by tapping the close 'X' at the bottom right of the screen. Each medication checked will appear as a new medication in the patient's record.
The Medication editor allows the entry of a medication's generic name, trade name, the doses that will appear in this medication module's Dose popup, the routes that will appear in the rt popup, the frequencies that will appear in the q popup, and the comments that will appear in the comments popup. These medication specifics are entered via the medication specifics entry list, described below.
The medication found within the editor can be looked up in K2 consultants' LexiDrugs 97 medication reference (if on your Newton) via the reference (book) icon button; filed in a desired category by using the filing button; or routed (e.g., deleted, duplicated, etc.) by selecting an action from the routing envelope.
The specfics entry list enables one to enter a list of items that will appear in each of a medication module's popup lists. For example, if one enters Benazepril into the "Drug" input item of a medication module, Palmedic will look up that medication name in its database. If a match is found, it looks at that entry in the database for dose, rt, q, and comments lists, and uses those lists for the equivalent popups in the medication module. Now, when you, the user, taps on the "Dose" label, only the appropriate items (e.g., available dosages, most commonly used doses, etc.) appear in that popup. Every medication in Palmedic's database can have each of these lists changed to the liking of the user.
In addition, a "default" value for each list can be designated. So, with our example medication of "Benazepril," Palmedic will check each list (dose, rt, q, and comments) to see if a list item has been designated the default. If it has, Palmedic will enter that value into the appropriate entry lines. Say you use Benazepril 10mg PO BID more often than any other dose, route , or frequency. You would designate 10mg as the default dose, PO as the default route, and BID as the default frequency. Then, whenever you enter Benazepril as a new drug for a patient, the dose, route, and frequency you use most often are entered automatically!
The specifics list being edited can be changed via the popup displayed at the top of the list. Within our example figure, the dose list is currently being edited. To add an item to the list, simply enter the desired text in the input line below the list, and tap the Add button. To change the text of an item, tap the item within the list, note it appear in the input line, change it as desired, and tap the Change button. To delete an item from the list, tap the item within the list, note it appear in the input line, and tap the Delete button.
Items are marked as "default" items by checking them within the list. Only one default item can be designated per list.
The Medication Log module is used to show past medications a patient was prescribed. Medications that are printed are automatically entered in the medication log. Medications entered within a Medication module can either automatically be logged when discontinued, or manually be logged via the module's router envelope. The preference can be set within Palmedic's preferences.
NOTE: This plug-in is included in the Plug-in data package distributed with Palmedic v2.4. There is no need to install it if you have the PData.pkg installed.