Point of care tools are those research and reference resources that a clinician can use immediately at the point-of-care with a patient. They are searchable summaries of evidence that clinicians can access quickly and easily to help them make evidence-informed decisions when they need them. They are updated regularly and synthesise all the best and latest evidence on clinical topics to aid with diagnosis and treatment. They can help to save clinicians time and effort by eliminating the need to do rigorous research before making a patient care decision.
First Consult is a point of care tool found within Elsevier's Clinical Key medical search engine and database tool. First Consult is an authoritative evidence-based and continuously updated clinical information resource for healthcare professionals.
To access this tool go to the Clinical Key website, select "First Consult" from the drop-down menu, then perform your search.
If accessing this tool from home, log in with your OpenAthens credentials. Ask the librarian for help if needed.
This tool is also available as an app. First of all, you need to register to set up your personal account. Go to www.clinicalkey.com and register on the top right hand side. You will be sent a confirmation email with an activation link to click on. Now, simply download the app and log in with your username and password to access all of its content.
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