When Micromedex shifted to its new 2.0 interface recently, one database was conspicuously absent: now, POISINDEX has rejoined the family of popular drug information resources.
POISINDEX is the largest and most complete resource for quickly identifying, managing, and treating toxicological exposures, covering over 350,000 products on 1,500 different topics. It is used by poison and drug information specialists, emergency department personnel, and clinical toxicologists in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and poison control centers all over the U.S.
The new version has also been expanded, tripling the number of ToxPoints. Now there is a ToxPoint for every management, providing quick, summary information to support efficient patient treatment.
POISINDEX results are available in 2 forms.
- Whenever you do a regular search in Micromedex 2.0, all relevant POISINDEX records are automatically included in your results list.
- Use the new toolbar button for Tox and Drug Product Lookup to search by product name, active ingredient, code, or by product ID.
According to the publisher’s press release:
We have enhanced the Overview section for more than 200 of the most toxic substances, providing actionable recommendations to help you better manage the most critical patient situations.
The Treatment section now includes:
- Patient Disposition (i.e., when does a patient need to be admitted or discharged based on a specific exposure)
- Pharmacokinetics (i.e., how quickly is a drug absorbed, peak concentration of the drug, half-life of a drug)
- Toxicokinetics (i.e., following overdose alterations in absorption may occur)
- Pitfalls (i.e., avoiding discharging a patient from the ER too early if you have a long-acting agent)
- Predisposing Conditions (i.e., underlying conditions that could actually make the overdose worse)
The Clinical Effects section now includes:
- Uses (i.e., how it is used, is it likely to be abused (e.g. benzodiazepines))
- Pharmacology (basic review)
- Toxicology (i.e., what might be expected in overdose; respiratory depression, etc)
- Epidemiology (i.e., is this likely a common exposure such as acetaminophen; what is the general
Visit Micromedex 2.0 today to try out the new POISINDEX features.