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 eviQ Navigational Tool

Welcome

  • This online tutorial is designed to assist users to navigate around the eviQ website.
  • The tutorial starts with the basics – for example, applying for a username and password, how to log in, how to search for protocols, how to send feedback etc.
  • The second part of the tutorial contains content specific information, guiding a user to navigate around the individual content streams available on the site.
  • If you have any problems please contact us by emailing contactus@eviq.org.au or giving us a call on 1800 384 700 during office hours (8.30am - 5pm Mon - Fri).

How to Register for a Password

How to Register for a Password
  • First time users must register for a username and password to access information on eviQ.
  • To register select "Register" (at the top RT hand corner of the homepage or the Members Login section) and complete the application form. Registration is free

Completing the registration form:
  • All users have full access to information on the website, default views have been set to align with differing user's requirements
  • When registering select the role most appropriate to you as views are tailored according to the role you choose. 
  • Health professionals have the choice to register as an individual or as a unit. For outpatient clinics with many users, unit passwords can be shared throughout the clinic. Note: each unit must have a unique username

  • Once you have chosen your user role continue to complete the form
  • You will be prompted to accept the disclaimer/terms of use
  • When the form is complete you will receive an instant email
  • Your registration is valid for 1 year and you will receive notification to re-register annually to verify your details are still correct

  • When registration is complete selecting the "continue" link will take you into the website.

Forgotten your Password?

Forgotten your password?
  • If you forget your password, simply select the forgotten password link and you will receive an email with your password sent to you.

If you forgot your username, please email us at feedback@eviq.org.au

If you want to change your password, select your username as shown below

Searching for Information

Searching for a Protocol or Information on eviQ

There are 2 ways to search for information on eviQ:

  1. Simply type your search word in the purple search bar (in the top right hand corner) and select Go

Your results will show as below:

The search results are sorted and presented into the following categorised TABS:

  • Protocols
  • Other Clinical information
  • Resources

Click on each of these tabs for further information.

2. Search for content via the content stream listed in the menu on the left hand side of the screen

  • Each content stream has a series of folders containing the information

Home Pages

Home pages

There are currently 11 content streams on eviQ, each having it's own homepage, which can be accessed from the left hand menu under Protocols.

  • Adolescent & Young Adult
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Haematology
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) 
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nursing
  • Oncological Emergencies
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient and Carer
  • Primary Health Care
  • Radiation Oncology

My Favourites and Bookmarking

Creating Favourites
  • This feature allows you to create a favourites list from protocols or pages that you view often. 
  • The list of your selected favourites is unique to your login.

    To add a protocol/page to your Favourites
  • Open the protocol/page you wish to add to your favourites
  • At the top right hand corner of the protocol/page select the green star 

  • The following message confirms the protocol has been added to your favourites

To view your Favourites
  • Select the tab called "My Favourites" from the left hand menu bar on the homepage and your list will appear under the title "My eviQ"

Creating Bookmarks

  • You can bookmark the page you wish to have as your first page viewed on eviQ. Log in to eviQ and select the page you wish to make as your home page.

  • Select the yellow star and this will bookmark the page and save it to your favourites tab within your internet web browser.
  • This will appear differently depending on the type internet browser you have. Here are 2 examples:

 Firefox

Internet Explorer

  • By selecting the bookmarked page, you will still be prompted to enter your username and password before being allowed access to the eviQ site, however you will be directed in the first instance to the bookmarked page

Changing Font Size, Emailing or Printing a Page

Changing the font size
  • You can incrementally increase or decrease the text size on the screen by selecting the relevant AAA symbol located in the top right hand corner of the page

Email a protocol/page
  • To email a protocol/ page, select the email icon located in the top right hand corner of the page, this will open an email page which contains a link to the protocol you wish to email

Printing a protocol/page

Printing a protocol/page

There are 2 ways to print a protocol/page:

  • Select the print icon shown above (the formatting of this printing will be dependent on your browser settings and may result in text being cut off the print page) OR
  • Select the pdf icons found at the top right hand corner of each protocol/page (see below) - this option prints a formatted version of the protocol and removes the menus. This option also allows you to print in either small or larger print size

Contact Us and Sending Feedback

Contact Us
  • To contact the team at eviQ with general questions about the site, or to request a new protocol for development, click on "Contact" to the left of the Search bar in the top right hand corner of each page allowing you to send an email to eviQ that will be answered by one of the team members.

Sending Feedback

If you would like to send the eviQ team feedback about the site or a protocol, you have 2 options to choose from:

  • Click on the word Feedback  located in the top right hand corner of each page to send feedback about a protocol
  • To send feedback about the website click on "Feedback" at the bottom of each page

Protocol Requests

Protocol Requests
How to Submit a Protocol Request

If you have a protocol that you would like us to develop, please submit your request by using the feedback tab found at the bottom of each page.

Select "Protocol Request" from the drop down menu and type your request in the message box. To submit the request, click on "Send" at the bottom of the page.  

You will receive a confirmation message letting you know that your request has been sent.

Protocol history 

There are three tabs found at the top of each protocol: View and History

The View tab displays the protocol.

Protocol History

The History tab contains a log of changes made to the protocol since it was first approved.

Using the Chemotherapy Calculator

Chemotherapy Dosing Calculator     

The calculator can be accessed through:

1. The treatment summary box on the top of each protocol

OR

2. From the list of results on the search page

Using the Calculator

There are 3 steps when using the calculator.

Step 1:


Step 2 (optional):

  • The type of weight selected in this step will appear in the calculated results for the patient

Step 3 and Final Step:

  • After continuing to the dose calculator, you may be asked for some protocols to select the relevant cycle.

  • The calculated results for the patient are displayed directly beneath the title of the chemotherapy protocol. All of the parameters that were entered in the patient detail screen will be visible, including the specific weight selected for patient

Using the Opioid Conversion Calculator

Opioid Conversion Calculator     

The eviQ opioid conversion calculator provides clinicians with an online tool to safely facilitate the rational conversion of one opioid regimen to an approximately equianalgesic dose of another. It allows clinicians to convert from several opioids at any one time, irrespective of routes of administration, to a single opioid. The eviQ opioid conversion calculator is easy to use, provides clinically relevant calculations for a large number of opioids, provides relevant warnings and information and minimises the mental and paper-pencil calculations that are currently done in many institutions. It aims to promote standardisation and consistency of practice and provide additional education opportunities for all clinicians.

Accessing the Opioid Calculator


Access the Opioid Calculator by selecting the Opioid Calculator link which located on the left hand side menu under Tools & Resources.


All intended users must read and accept the disclaimer, prior to accessing the calculator.



Key information:
  • patients should be closely assessed before and after opioid conversion
  • the final result calculated may have to be rounded up or down to fit in with the preparations available at individual institutions
  • equianalgesic conversions that are used in the calculator can be accessed at the bottom of the page
Using the Opioid Calculator

Key Features



Example: Converting from Oral Morphine to Sustained Release Oral Oxycodone

Mrs Jones is a terminally ill lung cancer patient and her current pain medication is oral morphine sulfate sustained release 45 mg every 12 hours. Additionally, Mrs Jones takes 10 mg of immediate release morphine every four hours as breakthrough medication. During a recent assessment Mrs Jones complained of muscle twitching since her morphine dose was increased to 45 mg every 12 hours. Subsequently, her creatinine was found to be elevated. Using the eviQ conversion calculator, convert the current morphine sulphate dose into an equianalgesic dose of sustained release oxycodone.

Step 1 - Current regular opioid therapy

First determine the total 24 dose of current regular opioid. Mrs Jones is receiving morphine sulfate 45 mg every 12 hours, therefore her current 24 hour total dose of oral morphine:45 mg x 2 = 90 mg.

Complete Step 1 of the calculator using this information then select the  




Step 2 - Current breakthrough opioid therapy

Additionally, Mrs Jones is prescribed 10 mg of immediate release morphine every four hours. She generally takes three doses of breakthrough medication in a 24 hour period. Therefore her 24 hour total breakthrough dose is 10 mg x 3 = 30 mg. (Note: the breakthrough opioid dose entered should be what the patient is actually taking rather than what the patient has been prescribed).

Complete Step 2 of the calculator using this information then select the  



Step 3 - Convert to final opioid

Mrs Jones clinician has prescribed sustained release oxycodone as an alternative opioid. Select the desired formulation (OxyContin) from the drop down and select the  button to display the 24 hour equianalgesic dose of OxyContin with suggested breakthrough dosing recommendations.
 


Further Prescribing Information on the calculator page
Further Prescribing Information is located directly underneath the calculator. This section gives the user information about what opioids are NOT included in the calculator and the reason why as advised by the palliative care expert user group. The table provides links to topics that are relative to the safe prescribing of opioids.



Printing report of opioid conversion for individual patients

Once completing the opioid conversion for an individual patient, this can be printed off and a record kept in the patient's notes/drug chart. A report is generated by selecting the PDF icon at the top of the page  . The PDF will only print out the entered details and NOT any of the information at the top and bottom of the page.

Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums
  • The Discussion Forum is an area for health professionals to share questions and clinical information.
  • To access the discussion forum - select the "Discussion Forum" tab under the Tools and Resources section on the LT hand menu.

  • To post a question select the content stream you are interested in and click on New Thread. To read a post click on the topic/title.

Content Stream Homepages

The following sections outline how to access information in each of the content streams.

Medical Oncology and Haematology Treatment Protocols

Medical Oncology and Haematology Treatment Protocols
  • In each home page, you will be updated with any new protocols that have been added to eviQ, upcoming reference committee meetings, ongoing discussion forums and useful links

  • Sub categories found in the Medical Oncology and Haematology Homepages contain links to the various tumour streams

  • For each tumour stream, you will have access to assessment tools, cancer genetics information (where relevant), clinical procedures (eg CVAD Management), chemotherapy and radiotherapy protocols (where relevant) and supportive care therapy related to that tumour stream

Radiation Oncology Homepage

Radiation Oncology Homepage

The radiation oncology homepage contains information on the following:

  • upcoming reference committee meetings
  • update on new protocols that have been added to eviQ
  • Sub categories at the bottom of the page represent the tumour groups. Treatment protocols can be accessed by selecting a tumour group.
  • Quick Links section on the RT hand side of the page contains links to:
    • eviQ Navigation Tutorial
    • Oncological Emergencies
    • Patient Question Prompt List
    • Link to the Biological Equivalent Dose (BED) Calculator
  • Professions section contains links to information for:
    • Radiation Oncology Nurses
    • Radiation Therapists
    • Radiation Medical Physicists

Nursing Homepage

Nursing Homepage

The nursing homepage contains the following:

  • update on new protocols that have been added to eviQ
  • upcoming reference committee meetings
  • safety alert information
  • The Quick Links section on the top right hand corner of the page
  • Sub categories at the bottom of the page

Primary Health Care Homepage

Primary Health Care Homepage

How Content is Displayed:

Primary care content on eviQ is divided into two areas:

1. On the right hand side of your screen are the links to non-tumour specific content. 

2. The second area is tumour specific and can be accessed by scrolling down to the folders below, or selecting the tumour group visible under the primary health care heading on the left hand side menu of this page. The protocols, links, education, staging and other folders in the tumour specific area all relate just to that tumour group.