Saving Lives

Saving Lives
Dr. Marc R. Matrana

Saving Patients' Lives with Epocrates

An overwhelming majority of physicians, 85 percent, report using Epocrates multiple times per day, with more than 30 percent referencing it more than five times a day. Many call on the Pill ID feature to help identify "mystery" pills simply by entering characteristics such as color, shape and imprint code. While it is often used to help clear up patient confusion about existing medications, there are instances when physicians, EMTs and even police officers have used Epocrates Pill ID to help save patients' lives, as illustrated below:
Dr. Marc R. Matrana of Houston, Texas recently used the Epocrates Pill ID feature to help save a life. Dr. Matrana reports that he saw a young man who was very sick after ingesting several unidentified pills. Based on pill descriptions obtained from the patient's family, Dr. Matrana used the Pill ID feature to identify what the patient had taken, contact poison control and begin proper treatment. "The patient who had ingested the pills walked out of the hospital a few days later, but I am certain without Epocrates he would be dead," said Dr. Matrana. "Epocrates is an invaluable partner for physicians and our patients."