Most hospitals… Actually ALL hospitals I’ve worked in have had a pretty restrictive policy on access to any site that isn’t the hospital intranet. There are a lot of very good and very important reasons for that.
A lot of them have had institutional subscriptions to UpToDate which is lovely and all that but it’s not what I’m looking some of the time. Especially if I’m looking for something like this:
Smartphones are wonderful but the 3G reception in the ED I’m currently in is a bit shit, so looking up stuff can be done but it takes a walk out to the front of resus to do so.
I try and have as much as possible offline on my phone – Michelle Lin’s PV cards are a great resource via dropbox. I have access to a few a textbooks and a lot of nifty apps (we’re still waiting on the king of them all MDcalc to put theirs out – come on Graham!) but it’s still not the same as having access to Chrome, a good connection and my bookmarks.
Has anyone out there had success in persuading their Super Helpful Information Technology departments (always loved that acronym…) to allow access to some of the wonderful FOAM resources out there?