Available clinical functions
The Clinical menu from the patient record provides a variety of clinical tools and calculators to assist diagnosis and manage patient conditions.
Where possible, the clinical tools will prepopulate data fields with data recorded in the patient record, for example, when using the Diabetes Risk Assessment tool.
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Create an asthma action plan to help patients manage their asthma. See Create an asthma action plan for a patient for more information.
The BMI tool calculates a patient's Body Mass Index and Waist-to-hip ratio.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > BMI, or click the BMI icon in the toolbar. If the patient is over 24 months of age the Body Mass Index screen will appear. If the patient is under 24 months of age, then the Percentile charts will display.
- Enter a Weight and Height to obtain a B.M.I. value.
- Enter Waist and Hips measurements in cm to obtain a Waist/Hip ratio value. Waist/Hip ratio are not calculated for children and teenagers.
- Bp Premier will notify if the BMI or waist/hip ratio is below, inside, or above the optimum ranges.
- Click Save or Save & Close to save the measurements to the patient record.
Displays a list of medications that were ceased by a provider. See Past Rx and Ceased Rx for more information.
This tool records a patient's bloody pressure and pulse.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Blood pressure. The Blood pressure screen will appear.
- Record the patient's blood pressure for at least one of Sitting, Standing, and Lying.
- Record the Pulse. Indicate in the dropdown list if any irregularities exist in the patient's pulse.
- Click Previous values to open the Past observations screen, which plots past blood pressure and pulse measurements. Click Graph from this screen to view past history rendered as a graph.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Cardiovascular risk. The Cardiovascular risk screen will appear.
- Some of the fields in this screen will be prepopulated based on existing observations in the patient's record. Edit or complete the remaining fields.
- Bp Premier will display the percentage probability the patient has of developing cardiovascular disease.
- Click Reference to view the formula used to calculate the probability.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Observations, or press Alt+F3. Up to about 400 recorded observations will appear graphed against the column header. Click Add. The Observations screen will appear.
- Record observation data in the fields. Some fields may be prepopulated from data elsewhere in the patient record.
- Click Save.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Gestational age, or press Alt+F4. The Gestational age screen will appear.
- Select a Date of LMP to use this value to generate an EDC, which will be displayed in the text field.
- Otherwise, tick Use scan date, enter a Date of scan, and manually enter the Weeks and Days to generate an EDC.
- Click Save.
Bp Premier provides an INR tool for managing patients on Warfarin. The tool records the desired target INR and current and historic Warfarin doses, and schedules INR checkups.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > INR Manager, or press Alt+F5. The INR Manager screen will appear.
- Click Change to open the Anticoagulation details screen.
- Select a Reason for anti-coagulation, or enter a reason as free text.
- Enter a Target INR range in the fields.
- Enter any additional comments and click Save.
- Click Add to open the INR screen.
- Enter the patient's INR measurement, or click Lookup Ix to open the patient's investigation results.
- Enter the Warfarin dose to take, or tick Use last dose.
- Set the date for the next INR checkup.
- Enter any additional comments and click Save.
- Click Print to print the INR schedule.
Bp Premier includes the Kessler Psychological Distress test (K10).
- From the patient record, select Clinical > K10 assessment. The K10 Assessment screen will appear.
- Record the patient's answers to the questions. Click Save to save the answers to the patient record and display a summary of the results.
- Click Previous assessments to view a patient's previous answers to the test.
- Click K10 Explanatory notes to view notes about the K10 test.
Bp Premier provides a condensed test to evaluate cognitive function. A score of 24 and above is considered normal.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Mini Mental State Examination. The Mini Mental State Examination screen will appear.
- Score the patient according to the test.
- Click Save to save the test to the patient record.
- Click Previous examinations to view previous scores, or Print to print the test result.
Converts values between common metric and imperial measurements.
- Select Clinical > Metric Conversion. The Metric conversion screen appears.
- Enter a value, and select a conversion from the Convert list. Use a forward slash to separate remainder measurements (for example, 1/1 indicates '1 foot 1 inch', or '1 stone 1 pound').
- The result will be shown, rounded up to the nearest integer.
The Bp Premier renal function calculator assesses Glomerular function. Creatinine clearance is calculated using the Cockcroft and Gault formula.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Renal function. The Renal function screen will appear.
- Enter the patient's Weight and Height, if these fields are not prepopulated.
- Select Use calculated Lean Body Mass if the provider feels a reading may be inaccurate due to patient obesity.
- Enter the Serum Creatinine value in mmol/L or µmol/L, or click Lookup Ix to find this value in the patient's investigation results.
- Bp Premier will display the calculated Creatinine clearance and suggest referral to a nephrologist if warranted.
- Click Equation to view the Cockcroft and Gault formula for men and women.
- Click Save to save the reading to the patient record.
Bp Premier's respiratory function tool records pre and post PFR, FEV1, and FVC values against predicted values over time.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Respiratory function. The Respiratory function screen will appear.
- Enter the patient's Age, Sex, and Height. The Predicted values for PFR, FEV1, FVC will be populated.
- Record the actual PFR, FEV1, and FVC values for the pre phase. Bp Premier will calculate the % predicted and the FEV1/FVC %.
- Record the post-administration values for PFR, FEV1, and FVC. Bp Premier will calculate the % predicted and the FEV1/FVC %.
- Click Save to save the measurements to the patient record. The PFR and % Predicted values for Pre and Post will be recorded to the Respiratory component of Today’s Notes.
- Click Previous values to view previously recorded respiratory function values.
The Travel Medicine tool allows a provider to create a vaccination schedule for a patient based on future travel destinations.
When immunisations are printed or saved from the Travel Medicine window, a note with details is added to Today's Notes, including the countries checked.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Travel Medicince, or press Alt+F12. The Travel Medicine screen will appear.
- Enter partial text in the Search field to find a Destination. Recommended vaccinations will be listed in the text field to the right.
- Click Yellow Fever Endemic Zones to view the countries currently considered in a Yellow Fever Zone.
- Double-click an item in the Patient education list to open an information leaflet.
- Select the patient's Date of travel.
- Tick the items in the Tick vaccines to include in schedule list that the patient requires. Click Previous Immunisations to check any immunisations that the patient has already had.
- Click Create schedule to create the vaccination schedule based on the date of travel. Not all vaccinations may be able to be included before the date.
- Click Print to print the vaccination schedule for the patient.
- Click Add Reminder to set up a reminder for the patient to return to complete the schedule.
- Tick Print selected scripts on exit to print any prescriptions required by the patient when the Travel medicine screen is closed.
- Click Save to save the travel medicine record.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Geriatric depression assessment. The Geriatric depression assessment screen will appear.
- Record the patient's answers to the questions.
- When you click Save, Bp Premier will indicate the likelihood of geriatric depression.
Bp Premier offers the Edinburgh test for post-natal depression.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Edinburgh PND scale. The Edinburgh PND scale screen will appear.
- Proceed through the ten questions. At the end of the test, click Save to save the results. Bp Premier will indicate the likelihood of PND.
This tool provides percentile charts for height and weight for males and females aged 0 to 20, and head circumference for infants.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Percentile charts, or press Ctrl+F8. The Percentile charts screen will appear.
- Click Add to add height, weight and head circumference measurements to the patient record.
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Physical activity prescription. The Physical activity prescription screen will appear.
- Complete the current and recommend activity levels for the patient. Tick Add reminder to add a reminder to the patient record for the review date.
- Click Print to print the activity guidelines for the patient.
Opens the provider's Inbox, showing any unactioned results for the patient. Select Clinical > Unchecked reports. See Understanding the pathology workflow for more information.
Click the Medical Certificate icon in the toolbar. Bp Premier will open the word processor with the default medical certificate supplied with Bp Premier. Or, if the user has modified the default certificate from the original, the word processor will default to the user's custom certificate.
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-C) is an alcohol screen that can help identify patients who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders (including alcohol abuse or dependence).
- From the patient record, select Clinical > Audit-C. The Audit-C Assessment screen appears. You can also access this screen from Family & Social History > Alcohol.
- Record the answers to the questions.
- Click Audit-C Explanatory Notes to view notes on evaluating the score and information on standard drink sizes.
- Click Save & Close to save the assessment and record the results to today’s notes.
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