November 12, 2021

Bugs & Drugs is a reference that doctors in British Columbia are familiar with. It's a tool that provides guidance for appropriate antibiotic use to help stop the spread of drug-resistant infections. But what some physicians may not know is the guide can be accessed through Pathways, a website that provides physicians and their staff with quick access to accurate referral information and hundreds of resources. Simply login, enter the name of any infection into Pathways' search followed by the word "drug", and it populates a link to the correct page in the Bugs & Drugs manual.

Why use Pathways to access Bugs & Drugs instead of going directly to the Bugs & Drugs website? Simple, it saves time. As a curated gateway to online clinical tools, it shouldn't take doctors more than 20 seconds to find exactly what they are looking for when they use Pathways' search. Pathways searches information from the most useful and trusted websites, like Bugs & Drugs, and then returns links to the exact webpages or documents physicians are looking for. Its intuitive and customized search function is targeted towards doctors; therefore, its populated results are more applicable to physicians than other search engines.

Pathways also categorizes results so doctors can quickly see resources for themselves and for their patients. Sharing information with patients, like "Do bugs need drugs?", is easy. With the click of a button, a no-reply email is sent to the patient. After the email is sent, Pathways automatically populates text for physicians to copy-and-paste into their EMR so they can quickly make note of what resources they sent their patient and when.

This year’s theme for World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18-24, is 'Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance'. It’s a great time to explore Bugs & Drugs on Pathways and spread awareness to patients and peers about the effects of antimicrobial resistance.

To learn more, doctors are invited to register for Pathways Greatest Hits webinar on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6 pm PT. The webinar will feature information on how to use Pathways for improved antibiotic prescribing and patient education tools.

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For questions about Pathways, please email contact-us@pathwaysbc.ca.