Featured database: Lexicomp

Have you used Lexicomp yet? Lexicomp is a collection of clinical databases and clinical decision support tools that provides users with an extensive medical library. You can find it on our intranet ‘Library Search’ homepage under ‘Search a Topic (Databases)’.

Here’s a few highlights of what you can find on the Clinical Decision Tool Bar (pictured below). Click on the links to learn more.


  • Interactions – a drug and herbal analysis tool that is designed to identify potential drug-drug interactions, drug-allergy interactions, and duplicate therapy interactions
  • Drug I.D. – Lexi-Drug I.D. is an application that allows identification of tablets, capsules, aerosols, lotions, creams, and a variety of other oral and topical dosage forms
  • Calculators – Lexi-CALC is an extensive medical calculations application covering infusions, adult and pedatric organ function assessment, and other conversion calculations. It also includes calculators from MedCalc 3000
  • Drug Comparisons – generate comparative data tables containing two (2) to four (4) drugs and create customized tables containing information on adverse effects, indications, preganacy and more
  • I.V. Compatibility – compatibility for at least 2 drugs or one solution is based on one of four ratings: compatible, incompatible, uncertain or variable, or no data. Additional information on the compatibility studies including a summary of the study methods and references for the compatibility information is provided when appropriate
  • Patient Education – 6,800 leaflets in English and Spanish, with more that half of those translated into 19 languages
  • Formulary Monograph Service – delivers detailed information about recently released and investigational drugs, including pharmacy and therapeutic reviews, editorial comments, drug utilization evaluations, and more
  • Toxicology – combines information on agents of toxicity, antidotes and decontaminants, household products, provides access to Safety Data Sheets (SDS), toxicology-specific calculators and drug identification in one point-of-care application
  • UpToDate – a link to UptoDate within Lexicomp Oline so users can search with one easy step
  • The 5-Minute Clinical Consult—fast access to information on hundreds of medical conditions
lexipic4Screenshot of the Drug I.D. tool

Big turn out for the dogs!

On January 12th we had over 300 people come to “paws” for a break at the library! Thank you so much to the St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program and specifically David and Kelly (both SMH staff members!) with their goldendoodle Abby, Alison and her mini Australian shepherd Scarlett, and Barb with her English lab Annie. You brightened so many people’s day! Here’s some snaps from the day, and to check out even more SJA therapy dogs, aka, “T-dogs”, visit their Facebook page.

Abby (handlers/owners: David & Kelly):


Annie (handler/owner: Barb)


Scarlett (handler/owner: Alison)




Quiet Down @ the Library: A new stress reduction series

Beginning in December, the Health Sciences Library, in partnership with Corporate Health & Safety Services, will be offering monthly stress reduction sessions. The sessions are open to all St. Michael’s staff, students, and volunteers.

All sessions will take place between 1pm and 3pm and will be held in the library or just outside of the library in the information commons. Some sessions will be drop-in, and some will require an RSVP. Sessions that require an RSVP will be split into two time slots: 1-2pm. or 2-3pm.

Our first session of the series, “Stress Reduction 101” will take place on Dec. 6th. This session will be facilitated by Ashley Rosen (Simulation Centre) and will discuss the impact of stress in the workplace and demonstrate examples of simple stress reduction techniques using the five senses. Space is limited for this session, so register by emailing hslibrary@smh.ca as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

WHAT: Quiet Down @ the Library: A stress reduction series
WHEN: Monthly. The series starts on Dec. 6th
WHERE: 3rd floor of the Li Ka Shing Institute (library or information commons)
WHO’S INVITED? St. Michael’s Hospital staff, students, and volunteers

For the full list of sessions, see the flyer below.


Click for PDF: quietdown_flyer