Use new tools to enhance use of USMEC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed several new tools to assist health care providers in accessing and using the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010 (USMEC).

The compendium of knowledge comprises more than 1,800 recommendations for the safety of contraceptive methods among women and men with certain characteristics or medical conditions.

Visit the CDC USMEC web site, http://1.usa.gov/chY2AV, to check out the following items:

USMEC application for iPhone/iPad: Click on the link on the USMEC web page to download the application onto your iPhone or iPad from iTunes. The app allows clinicians to access the USMEC from their handheld devices.

USMEC color-coded summary charts, available in English and Spanish: Links on the web page allow clinicians to print both charts. Both charts can be printed double sided and laminated so clinicians have hard copies of charts close at hand.

USMEC wheel: Wheels are disseminated through professional organizations, academic institutions, and healthcare provider groups. Wheels can be obtained by e-mailing requests to drhinfo@cdc.gov.

In addition, a continuing medical education (CME) opportunity, “2013 Update: US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use,” is available on the Medscape web site. The webcast addresses the risks versus benefits of specific contraceptive methods for women with existing medical conditions. Go to the site at http://www.medscape.org/womenshealth. Under “Knowledge & Practice,” select “Update: US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.” Clinicians must register on the site to earn CME credit.