Answered By: Juliet Marconi
Last Updated: Nov 01, 2017     Views: 35

Point of care (POC) tools or products are searchable databases that provide a summary (or synthesis) of current evidence for specific conditions or treatments. These tools are designed to quickly guide clinical staff while undertaking their decision making in the patient care setting, ie at the point of care.

Most point of care tools will reference the same original, or primary studies.

Many point of care tools will also provide links to supporting content or tools such as calculators, drug information, patient education information, etc.

There are now many POC tools on the market. The following are available via Clinical Knowledge Network (CKN) for all QH staff:

  • BMJ Best Practice
  • ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Nursing
  • Dyamed Plus & Isabel (Symptoms and diagnosis)
  • eviQ Cancer Treatments Online
  • PEMSoft (Pediatric Emergency Medicine)

Other examples that may be available to some QH staff (but not all) via QH libraries are:

  • Joanna Briggs JBI (nursing evidence based database)
  • UpToDate

Contact your local QH library for assistance with non-CKN databases.

LKC provides access to JBI for CHHHS staff only.

JCU Library provides access to ClinicalKey and BMJ Best practice for medical students.

Contact Cairns Hospital LKC

To contact Cairns Hospital, Library & Knowledge Centre (Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service):

  • +61 7 4226 6679
  • Email
  • 08:30-17:00
    Monday-Friday

Closed weekends and public holidays.