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one who aids or helps another; an auxiliary.
dental assistant see dental assistant.
first assistant a physician, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, surgical technologist, or specially trained registered professional nurse who directly assists the surgeon by handling tissue, providing exposure, using surgical instruments and equipment, suturing, and providing hemostasis.
occupational therapy assistant see occupational therapy assistant.
personal digital assistant (PDA) a small computer used to organize and easily access information; for example, clinical guidelines can be downloaded to this device.
physician assistant see physician assistant.
second assistant an individual who assists the surgeon or first assistant during an operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks such as holding retractors; this individual does not cut, clamp, or suture tissue. This role may be performed at the same time as the scrub role.
surgeon assistant (SA) see surgeon assistant.

personal digital assistant (PDA)

a small computer used to organize and easily access information, such as clinical guidelines.

per·son·al dig·i·tal as·sis·tant

(PDA) (pĕr'sŏn-ăl dij'i-tal ā-sis'tănt)
A palmtop computer that connects to the Internet.

personal digital assistant



A handheld or pocket-sized computer used to store information or communicate with others.
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Emblaze Semiconductor empowers customers to turn multimedia capabilities into high volume mobile and wireless information devices such as cellular phones, personal digital assistants, digital cameras and toys.
The Home Organizer is complementary to personal digital assistants or PDAs and can share information through synching with a PC.
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Rappore Consulting delivers software products enabling Bluetooth wireless connectivity for personal digital assistants (PDAs), notebook and personal computers, and a variety of embedded devices including gateways, Internet access points, portable office equipment, automotive computing, cellular phones, medical equipment and industrial automation products.
Study Studio offers students the convenience and mobility of a personal digital assistant for anytime, anywhere access," said JP Lenney, president of McGraw-Hill/Irwin, a unit of McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
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During the demo, someone wearing a standard heart rate monitor chest strap was given a radio frequency relay device (about the size of a pack of chewing gum) and a personal digital assistant with special IBM software.
today introduced Voyager Query(TM), Voyager Contact(TM) and Voyager ChoicePoint(TM), a robust suite of secure wireless data applications that enable law enforcement officers and other authorized personnel to search federal, state and local criminal justice and public records databases, as well as collect and report field contact information directly from Java(TM) technology-enabled Nextel handsets, personal digital assistants or laptop computers.
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4 mm), removable solid-state memory solutions for mobile applications such as MP-3 music players, portable video games, laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile telephones and digital cameras.

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