Whether you’ve been in practice for years or you’re just starting out, you’re probably accustomed to relying on a variety of veterinary references to make—and double-check—your clinical decisions.
But why rely on a variety of resources when you could rely on one? We built Plumb’s Pro™ to provide you with a full suite of clinical decision support, essential veterinary drug information, and shareable pet owner education, all on one easy-to-use platform. And most importantly, we’ve specifically tailored the information to help you make those crucial in-the-moment care decisions—in less time.
To help you decide if this clinical tool is right for you, we rounded up some of the top Plumb’s Pro questions we hear from veterinarians who are considering adding this all-new clinical decision support tool to their practice toolkit.
Let’s dive in!
1. What is a clinical decision support tool?
You might have seen us describe Plumb’s Pro as a clinical decision support (CDS) tool. Typically, a CDS tool is a peer-reviewed, continually updated digital medical reference that compiles essential medical resources for ease of use in clinical practice.
In human medicine, CDS tools have been widely adopted to help clinicians keep up with the rapid expansion of medical knowledge and make crucial patient care decisions in less time.
We designed Plumb’s Pro to do the same for veterinary practitioners like you.
Related Article: Clinical Decision Support Tools (And Why Veterinarians Need Them)
2. How is Plumb’s Pro different from Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs?
Do you often text a colleague when you’re stumped by a case? Or flip through 3 books to finalize your differential list? Or click through half a dozen websites for a single answer?
This has been common practice for, well… forever. And it’s why we built Plumb’s Pro.
It’s everything veterinarians depend on in Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs (like trusted drug information and an animal-specific drug interaction checker) plus a full suite of detailed clinical monographs, practical diagnostic flowcharts, and shareable pet owner handouts covering conditions, procedures, and more, so you can find the answers you need for the patient in front of you—from one trusted resource.
3. Who creates the content in Plumb’s Pro, and how often do you update it?
You need information you can count on. With Plumb’s Pro, you won’t have to second-guess whether the information you’ve found is accurate or up to date.
All of the content in Plumb’s is original content. The award-winning editorial team behind Clinician’s Brief and Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs works closely with boarded veterinary specialists and practicing veterinarians to source and verify every piece of peer-reviewed content. Our pet owner handouts are also reviewed by DABVP-boarded veterinarians as well as a non-medically trained pet owner to ensure clarity and ease of understanding for your clients.
We release updates on a rolling basis. That means no more waiting years for a new textbook edition or using sticky notes to update your old copy. As new information becomes available, we review (and, if necessary, update) relevant monographs and pet owner handouts. We update some monographs once a year, whereas others may only need changes every 2-3 years.
As you might imagine, this is an extensive job, and it takes an immense team to get it done. You can see all 200+ of us here. Have a look! You might see a few faces you recognize.
4. Can I access Plumb’s Pro from my phone?
Yes! The Plumb’s platform is fully responsive. That means you can visit app.plumbs.com from any device—whether that’s a 5-year-old iPhone or the latest Android—to access all of the features and content in Plumb’s. You can also download the Apple (iOS) and Android apps for your phone or tablet for easy, one-tap access.
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5. What’s the difference between clinical monographs and the Clinician’s Brief journal?
We hear this question a lot! If you’re a Clinician’s Brief subscriber, you’re probably familiar with our practical articles—or perhaps our free CE or our podcasts. The website and its accompanying print journal have everything you need to keep a pulse on veterinary medicine—without wading through that stack of journals on your desk.
But when you need guidance for the patient on the exam table right now, you want the diagnostic and treatment monographs created just for Plumb’s Pro. These consistently formatted, expert-written clinical monographs provide clear, relevant recommendations for case workup. They’re like the drug monographs veterinarians know and love, but for the diseases and clinical signs you see every day.
As of August 2022, Clinical Briefs can be found under a new name: Dx & Tx.
6. Can I get Plumb’s Pro for my whole team?
Yes! Teams of every size can use Plumb’s Pro to streamline appointments, make efficient clinical decisions, enhance patient safety, and coordinate client education.
And this tool isn’t just for clinicians. Our approachable clinical content and extensive library of client education provide any team member the context to understand the clinician’s recommendations and confidently communicate them to clients.
A tool that supports your whole team—and your patients—ultimately supports you, too. Plus, the more team members you have, the more you save. Discounts are available for teams of 5 or more.
Team spread across multiple locations? We’ve got you covered, too. Our custom enterprise plans allow you to get convenient access for everyone in your organization. Plus, we customize pricing based on your needs.
Have Plumb’s Pro questions we haven’t covered here? Reach out and let us know. We’re always happy to help!