(picture from google images taken from UpToDate.com, 2013)
My go to resource for keeping up with the latest treatments and technolgy in nursing and the medical profession is UpToDate. I was introduced to this resourse when I was in nursing school and doing my clinicals at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center. I have used this site for research work while in school, for learning purpses and of course as an RN to answer question and keep up on the latest and greatest in clinical practice. After doing a little research on the website I have found that UpToDate has been used by many physicians and other clinicians throughout the world for more than 20 years.
UpToDate was founded by Bud Rose, it was developed to provide continuous updated evidence-based practices to clinicians, it is backed by research, it is an accredited continuing education resource for clinicians, and has more than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers. UpToDate has a very involved and lengthy process in developing materials. They have expert physicians with certain specialties that edit and oversee the process, they have a grade working group that looks at the content, they have peer and policy reviews, and they have many professionals that hand research over 450 medical journals.
According to UpToDate, they have “More than 5,100 world-renowned physician authors, editors and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality” (2013). UpToDate also reports they have “more than 700,000 clinicians in 158 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the United States rely on UpToDate to provide the best care” (2013). I would recommend this site to anyone in the medical profession, they have so many different things to look up such as many different subspecialty areas, drugs, medical calculators, patient education resources, links to articles and updated clinical practices.