Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the launch of an iPad® app for Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills, the premier web-based procedures reference product used by hospitals and institutions. The new app augments a facility’s existing Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills database by offering immediate access to all of its content—including custom content—without the need to always have an Internet connection. This newly created, un-tethered access also lends itself well to disaster recovery and home healthcare applications.
For example, when Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast last October it became readily apparent to millions just how helpless we become when cell phones are out and the Internet is down. Although this new app was not designed specifically for hurricane preparedness, it does make it possible for existing Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills customers to gain access to their custom databases, even when no Internet connection is available.
Available immediately as a free iTunes® download, the new app is only accessible to authorized users from institutions that currently subscribe to the online database. Upon entering a valid user name and password, the app downloads the user’s facility-specific version of the database complete with all customized procedures as well as any critical notes that may have been added.
“Customers love the fast, online access we provide to their nursing procedures but they also want something in place when their devices do not have access to the Internet,” said Carolyn Dalton, Senior Digital Product Manager, Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional & Education. “The beauty of this app is the offline capability, which allows them to always have their facility-specific procedures accessible to their staff, and protects their access in disaster recovery and remote-use situations.”
In addition to disaster recovery, home health care is another key area where the self-contained app provides benefit. Many community health nurses are travelling daily to places where they lack any form of Internet access. The app allows these health workers to have the same capabilities and access to the same information that all staff is looking at regardless of whether they are online or off.
Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills, part of Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions family of products, gives nurses accurate, step-by-step guidance for over 1,300 evidence-based procedures. Most procedures are accompanied by video clips and/or high-quality visuals that aid in understanding. The online resource provides skills checklists and competency tests for each procedure to help facilities verify staff competence. Each procedure undergoes a thorough annual review process to ensure the most up-to-date clinical information is provided. Facilities can customize and add procedures to meet their specific needs.
The new Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills app for iPad and iPad Mini is available immediately to existing institutional users via a free iTunes download. To learn more, visit www.LippincottSolutions.com/LNPS, or call (855) 695-5070.