Noreen L. Mulcahy, MLIS, AHIP
Lead Health Sciences Librarian, Technical Services
Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library
Mount Carmel Health System, A Member of Trinity Health
STAT!Ref, a product of Teton Data Systems, is an electronic resource platform that offers over 400 titles in health specialties including dentistry, emergency medicine, evidence-based medicine, nursing, pediatrics, public health, etc.
By providing a large collection of e-resources covering all levels of need, STAT!Ref is geared to nursing and medical students and point-of-care health providers alike.
The platform offers flexibility through website and mobile app connectivity. Once setting up a personal account through the user’s library, it can be tied to the STAT!Ref app, offering anywhere access. The app is available for iOS and Android. There is a required renewal of the account, and users are notified via email.
The content offered by STAT!Ref includes authoritative titles, many that have DCT ratings. Titles include Red Book Atlas of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 4th edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2020); Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 17th edition, Vallerand (F.A. Davis, 2021); Greenfield’s Surgery: Scientific Principles & Practice, 6th edition, Mulholland (Wolters Kluwer, 2017); Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (AORN, 2021); Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, 28th edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2006); and Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 24th edition, Venes (F.A. Davis, 2021). EBMcalc is also part of the collection. This resource is included in every subscription and features over 520 calculators, clinical criteria sets, and decision trees.
The platform has its own search feature, which allows users to choose between All Resources, Current Title, Images, Dictionary, Media, EBMcalc, and Help. It provides suggestions if a word or phrase is incorrectly entered. In the All Resources selection, some results may point users to PubMed.
The search feature is powerful but can be confusing when the All Resources selection is chosen. A search may produce an abundance of results that can be overwhelming. When searching just one source, the results are narrowed and easier to sort.
STAT!Ref is able to integrate into federated searches including EBSCO, Ex Libris, OVID, and Serial Solutions. MARC records are available in OCLC and titles can be added easily to an ILS.
STAT!Ref updates ebook editions frequently. For example, the latest Davis’s Drug Guide is made available soon after publication of the print edition. The STAT!Ref app makes it very easy to use the ebooks from a tablet or smartphone.
This resource is best suited for nursing and medical schools as well as hospital systems. STAT!Ref resources are available through IP ranges. Users can access the ebooks through the ILS or a link to the platform on a library website. As mentioned above, the app can be tied in with the library’s STAT!Ref titles.
STAT!Ref offers two subscription models: a la carte and Core Collections. With the former, clients can select as many titles as they want. Core Collections are offered in the following disciplines:
- Emergency Medicine
- Evidence-Based Medicine
- Infectious Disease
- Nutrition & Dietetics
- Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
- Pharmacology & Pharmacy
- Point of Care
- Public Health
Agreements are set up on an annual basis. In the a la carte model, clients have the opportunity to add or drop titles at the time of renewal. STAT!Ref allows flexibility in concurrent users – from one, two, five, seven, 10, 15, and then in increments of five. While STAT!Ref is affordable, they do not provide itemized pricing. STAT!Ref provides monthly and usage reports upon request. Users can request monthly reports to be sent automatically.
STAT!Ref offers a flexible and affordable way to build an ebook collection. The titles in STAT!Ref’s collection are varied and current. Sales reps are assigned by region and are very responsive to clients’ needs and questions.