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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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The PalmTop is the world's first mobile mini-notebook equipped with dual core," said Suhail.
We are sorely dedicated to palmtop devices, we are committed to the market," Mangili said, noting there is a renewed interest in handheld products.
This database enables you to access information on the client's business and financial background, details of your contact history, and any progress notes you have entered into the Palmtop.
Moreover, the desire to merge the physical and electronic worlds requires that the palmtop computer and display have a spatial awareness and understanding of the physical environment along with the ability to visually mimic these environments and individual objects.
manufacturer's palmtop takes its cue from HP's 95LX by building in Lotus 1-2-3 rather than making it an add-on card option.
They both believe that because the palmtop is so similar to a calculator, it is much less intimidating to a student unfamiliar with computers.
LBIS has just recently been launched by Ericsson in partnership with Palmtop Software and allows mobile access to local maps.
These days Clive has a palmtop, a Psion Series 5 MX.
Palmtop Software has inked a deal to distribute Graham Technology Ltd's GT-X internet trading software as part of its EPOC wireless information device software portfolio, increasing the online services available for the Symbian platform.
The world's three top mobile phone producers have teamed up with palmtop computer maker Psion to push forward the frontiers of wireless computing.