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The Anesthesiologist's Guide to Palm Computing
  1. Michael P. Smith, M.D., M.S.Ed.* and
  2. George J. Sheplock, M.D.
  1. *From the Department of General Anesthesiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio;
  2. Department of Anesthesia, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  1. Reprint requests: Michael P. Smith, M.D., M.S.Ed., Department of General Anesthesiology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave, E31, Cleveland, OH 44195. E-mail:


Handheld personal computers (HPCs) are permeating the clinical and personal lives of anesthesia care providers. Common characteristics include low cost, portability, easy PC data sharing, and applications such as a calendar, phone directory, memo pad, and a task list. Additional software includes databases for case logs, medication lists, task organizers, and document readers. This article discusses the Palm brand HPC (Palm Computing, A 3Com Company, Santa Clara, CA) including purchasing tips, common uses, backing up information, security concerns, and information resources on the Internet including websites providing free trial software.

Editors Note: This is the second article in an informal series describing information technology. The articles include nontechnical information and are geared toward the computer novice. These articles are also available in full text on the American Society of Regional Anesthesia ( website with links to the websites listed in the article. The mention of certain brand-name products is not intended to be construed as an endorsement by ASRA or RAPM and is essentially the personal preference of the authors.

  • 3Com Palm IIIx
  • PDA
  • pocket computer
  • palmtop
  • HPC

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