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Doctors Turn to Handheld Computers
Posted: 12-Jan-2001 [Source: San Francisco Chronicle]

[Handheld ready information is helping to save lives with over 20% of American physicians reported to be carrying a handheld device. ]

by Milt Freudenheim -- "If the medical team had done the usual thing, said Dr. David Jarvis, "the patient would have been dead within minutes."

"As he examined the hemorrhaging stroke patient who had just been wheeled into an intensive-care unit in Appleton, Wis., last spring, Jarvis recalled a warning from his medical studies. There would be lethal results when two commonly used drugs, Dilantin and dopamine, collide. The patient had already received Dilantin in high doses to control seizures caused by pressure on the brain, and an intensive care nurse was preparing to administer dopamine, which is routinely given to patients with severely low blood pressure.

"To make certain, "I looked it up in my Palm, right at the patient's bedside, " Jarvis said. "Then we used a different drug and kept him alive."

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