(Chicago, Illinois August 10, 2004) As the nation goes on heightened terror alert, doctors, other medical professionals, and first-responders must be at the ready.

One would hope hospitals and agencies have briefed these pros on the protocol for the possibility of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons and other potential terrorist disasters. But only PEPID, the leading provider of point-of-care medical data for Palm and Windows CE handhelds and desktop computers, can provide that point-of-care backup in the terrible event its ever needed.

Fully updated sections on terror emergencies and NBC attacks have been included in PEPID, in addition to providing the most comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 medical topics, 5,000 drugs including prescription, OTCs and herbals, hundreds of medical calculators, a drug interactions generator, conversion calculators, and even weight-based pediatric dosing calculators.

Its one thing to have studied these threats and the protocols, says Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, founder of PEPID. Its quite another to have to recall everything you need to know in the heat of an emergency situation, he says, also noting that the PEPID program for both hand-held computers and PEPID Online allows individual and institutional notes to be added, enabling users to customize their handhelds and desktops with specific protocols, contacts, and other guidelines.

PEPID editors currently are working closely with the Illinois Poison Center, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to further prepare treatment guidelines for potential terrorist attacks and make them readily available to all healthcare professionals.

In PEPIDs individual software suites for MDs, emergency specialists, RNs, EMS workers, clinicians and others, the topics covered range from identifying the attack, determining the kind of exposure, managing patients in various zones of danger, decontamination and treatment, and pharmacological protocols.

Only PEPID allows its users to determine the proper treatment by allowing calculation of dosage by height, weight or body surface area, age and gender, and other variables.

Unique to PEPID is the PEPID PDC, or Portable Drug Companion, which not only provides a comprehensive database of more than 5,000 drugs, prescription and otherwise, but also their use, cost, dosing calculators, and interactions. PEPID PDC, which is a component of all the PEPID suites, also allows users to select up to 50 drugs, OTCs, or herbal remedies to determine any potential interactions.

PEPID, a portable medical information database, is designed to assist in the reduction of medical errors and improve patient outcomes. It provides healthcare professionals access to current pharmacological and clinical information at the point-of-care via personal digital assistants (PDAs). PEPID was founded in 1994 by Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, a board-certified emergency physician at Northwestern University School of Medicine. PEPID covers medical and trauma topics as well as drug topics typically encountered in emergency and primary care settings.

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