Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register for access to Dorsata?

See Online Access. Registration occurs at Dorsata.

Access to the Tool Book's contents is limited to certain e-mail address domain names (,,,,


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Is there a mobile app?

Yes, the Dorsata app is available for free for Apple iOS and Android mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). Because of the wide variety of devices, the Tool Book editors cannot provide personal assistance with your app install.

  1. Apple iOS
    1. Open the App Store app on your iOS device. The Dorsata app requires at least an iPhone 5 to run.
    2. Within the App Store, click on the magnifier glass search icon and enter search term: Dorsata.
    3. The Dorsata app will be a teal-colored rounded square with a white cross in the middle. Click Get to install the app onto your device
  2. Android
    1. Open the Google Play Store app on your device.
    2. Search: Dorsata. The Dorsata app will be a teal colored square with a white cross in the middle.
    3. Click on the app to install
  3. For either iOS or Android app, once the app is installed, if you have not done so already, you can register your qualifying email address and create a personalized password. As with the desktop registration process, you will receive and have to click on the link in the Dorsata confirmation-email.
  4. You only need to register once (either by desktop browser or mobile device).

Please note that the Tool Book has been optimized for viewing on an Apple iPad. The small screen size on many smart phones will likely require scrolling either horizontally or vertically to see all the information within a guideline or pathway. This is particularly true when viewing large tables.

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Is the Tool Book available in Compass?

Yes. Compass is the BJH electronic medical record (EMR) for inpatient care on the Allscripts platform. Within Compass, click on the Tool Book@Dorsata icon (teal square with white cross).

Please note - accessing the Tool Book through Compass will open up a Dorsata-compatible web browser window using a generic Tool Book user account (i.e., not your personal Dorsata account). Therefore, any favorites or personal monographs you may have created in the Tool Book@Dorsata will not be visible to you while signed in as a generic user. If you want access to your favorites or personal monographs, you will have to log out of the generic account and then log back in under your personal Dorsata account (BJC/WUSTL email address).

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I don't have the right web browser

Dorsata is compatible only on modern web browsers Internet Explorer (IE v9 or newer), Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox.

  1. BJC Employees

    1. Until approximately April 2016, IE8 was the corporate standard browser across all of BJC. Unfortunately, IE8 is not compatible with the Dorsata platform.
    2. A switch to IE11 occurred around April 2016 when BJC switched to Outlook. The roll-out occurred in stages across BJC and should now be complete.
    3. The switch to IE11 should resolve issues with Dorsata access, not only on your BJC desktop, but within the EMR.
    4. BJH pharmacists and pharmacy students should also have access to Google Chrome on their dedicated BJH pharmacy desktop computers. Google Chrome is completely compatible with Dorsata and is the only other browser supported by BJC IS.
    5. If you are a BJC employee accessing your own BJC desktop computer, you may also request install of the alternate browser, Google Chrome, by submitting an IS service request at ServiceNow.
  2. Washington University Employees or Students

    1. WU employees and students who require a different web browser, should contact the Medical School Help Desk at 314-362-7798 for assistance.

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    What's in the Tool Book?

    For a complete listing of all guidelines and pathways, see the Content Collection. This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found by searching: FAQ.

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    How do I use Tool Book within Dorsata?

    1. Within the Dorsata site or app itself, the first card you will see is the Content Collection, which serves as the online table of contents.
    2. Search any word or string of characters within the Tool Book by typing a search term into the search window
    3. Search results will be displayed in the following preferential order (starting on the top of the browser screen from left to right across the screen)
      1. Search term appears in the title of the guideline or pathway
      2. Search term appears in any part of the body text of a guideline or pathway. The order of display is based on the frequency the search term appears in the body text.

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    How do I create favorites?

    1. Locate the monograph card you'd like to add to your favorites
    2. Click on the star located in the top right corner of the monograph card
    3. To remove it from your favorites, unclick the star.
    4. Favorites will appear first in your list of cards, even if the card stack is sorted alphabetically or recently updated.

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    Why can't I find information on a specific drug?

    The purpose of the Tool Book is to provide drug and drug policy information specific to Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The intent has never been to replace other, more general drug information handbooks.

    Reasons why you may not be able to find the information you are looking for:

    1. You've misspelled the search term. Check your spelling.
    2. You've used a tradename for the drug. Search using the generic drug name.
    3. The drug-specific information you are looking for is not in the Tool Book. See Lexicomp or Micromedex sections below to access other general, drug information resources available to BJC and WU users.

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    Can I create my own monographs or notes?

    Yes. All registered users can create their own monographs, pathways or notes by clicking on New on the main Dorsata menu. A user's personalized monographs, however, will not appear as part of the Tool Book since individual users do not have editing/publishing rights to share their personal monographs to everyone at BJC/WUSM.

    If have suggestions on drug-related content that you feel should be added to the Tool book, please contact the editors.

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    Can I still get a printed Tool Book?

    Unfortunately no. We switched to an electronic format to make updating information easier and more timely. With an electronic platform, we are able to publish updates as needed, rather than wait for a single, yearly printed publication. In addition, almost all our users wanted access on their iPad or iPhone.

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    How do I provide feedback?

    We appreciate your constructive feedback on the Tool Book, its content and how it works on the web (Dorsata) or its companion handheld app. The editors are:

    Ed Casabar, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID
    Office: 314-362-5372

    Jane Portell, PharmD
    Office: 314-454-8355

    Department of Pharmacy Mailstop 90-52-411
    Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    216 S. Kingshighway
    St. Louis, MO 63110-1026

    If you have questions about the Dorsata platform or its companion mobile app, contact:

    David Fairbrothers, CEO

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    Ask your pharmacist

    Clinical pharmacists and unit-based pharmacists are assigned to certain physician teams and/or provide pharmaceutical care and drug information on various nursing divisions throughout the hospital. Staff pharmacists and pharmacy services are available 24 hours/day (South 314-362-5339, North 314-454-7449).

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    Drug Information Center

    Drug Information Center
    Pharmacy Department
    2nd Floor, Institute of Health
    Phone: 314-454-8399
    Hours: M-F 07:00-16:00

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    Phred: The Pharmacy Resources Directory

    Phred is the Pharmacy Resources Directory (intranet site). It is available at the following URL only if you are logged onto the BJH network:

    Alternatively, from any BJH clinical terminal, click on the “IV Guidelines” icon to launch Phred. Search Phred using the search window located at the top right side of the page.

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    Lexicomp is a comprehensive drug information resource that includes information on drug interactions, iv compatibility, drug identification, calculators, toxicology, and a direct link to Up-To-Date.

    The formularies of all BJC hospitals, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, can be found within Lexicomp. Patient education sheets may also be found within Lexicomp by clicking on Patient Education in the Lexicomp main menu

    Two Ways to Access Lexicomp

    1. If you are logged onto the BJH network, this URL will automatically open with full access to Lexicomp:
    2. From any BJH clinical terminal: click on the “IV Guidelines” desktop icon to launch Phred. On the top menu, click on “Home”, then scroll half-way down the home page and click on “Drug Info Links”. A list of multiple online resources will appear. To see drugs on the hospital’s formulary, click on “LexiComp & Drug Formulary”.

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    Micromedex 2.0

    Micromedex is an online service which contains numerous drug monographs (both domestic and foreign) and information related to poison control, toxicology, IV compatibility, dosage form identification, patient teaching sheets and dosing tools.

    Two ways to access Micromedex

    1. If you are logged on the BJH network, this URL will automatically open with full access to Micromedex :
    2. Within Compass, click on the Micromedex icon on the main menu bar. From any BJH clinical computer open a web browser and enter the following URL.

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