These emergency medicine apps provides clinicians, interns and medical students with useful and trusted point-of-care clinical resources, medical calculators, algorithms, decision rules, recommendations on diagnosis and treatment, medication guidelines, and so on.
We selected several apps that every Emergency Medicine doctor and student should consider.
QuickEM app is a rapid bedside reference tool developed primarily for the medical students and interns with an aim to help them get an idea of the differential and initial workup of common complaints in the emergency room setting.
The app includes the tool that help students and interns start with differential diagnosis, check history, perform physical exam and tests, and give treatment recommendations for over 50 of the most common chief complaints present to the emergency room.
QuickEM app also features over 30 most useful clinical decision rules in the ER, as well as tips for medical students and interns, about their EM rotation, drug doses and recommended learning resources.
Formerly known as R.E.B.E.L. EM, AgileMD mobile app for Android and iOS provides quick reference guidelines and protocols for common emergency medicine topics, and it's suitable for attending physicians, residents, and medical students.
Healthcare providers can use AgileMD app to access trusted point-of-care handbooks, clinical protocols, treatment guidelines, and care notes across multiple specialties.
The app, however includes only one starter resource by default - ALiEM PV that include more than 100 cards providing guides for numerous emergencies encountered in the emergency department for multiple specialties.
There are many other resources grouped by specialties available in the app, but users need to download them before they can use them. Most of available resources are available for free, however some require payment.
One of the most common emergencies in ER is when breathing or heartbeat suddenly stop, which could happen due to a number of reasons, from heart attack and infections, to sepsis or trauma. This can result with death, if cardiopulmonary resuscitation, known as CPR, isn't performed on time.
Having good CPR guidelines is not only important to untrained individuals, but to healthcare professionals as well. These guidelines can help them improve performance in emergency scenarios and advanced life support.
This was the reason why the UK's Resuscitation Council developed the free iResus app for the iPhone and Android, aiming to improve the performance of advanced life support-certified physicians in emergency scenarios by providing various resuscitation algorithms for adult, pediatric and newborn emergencies that require CPR.
Having an all-in-one tool at the fingertips is important, especially in emergency room setting, where doctors and interns must make quick decisions, which don't leave them much time to browse through various individual apps, looking for medical calculators or guidelines.
ERres app is an example of an easy-to-navigate bedside app that contains different tools all-in-one-spot, including various medication lists, calculators, algorithms, decision rules, clinical policies and other content, all aimed primarily at emergency care providers.
All the information provided in the app is presented in an easy to understand format, and it's perfect for medical students, residents, nurses and physicians. The developers claim that it is also evidence-based and regularly updated.
ERres app is available for both Android and iOS devices, however not for free. It costs $9.99 on both platforms.
In order to become the expert Emergency Medicine physician, medical students and residents spend many hours, days and months learning to perfect their history taking, physical exam skills, and procedural abilities. But, ability to quickly recognize the ill patient, uncommon presentations or unexpected complications, requires years of clinical care, and it's difficult if there's no written word from more experienced colleagues.
For their learning, most medical students use evidence-based medicine. However, experience-based medicine embodied in clinical pearls still remains a very popular part of medical education, in both verbal and published form.
We can define clinical pearls as small bits of clinically relevant information based on experience or observation that can be helpful to doctors and students when they face clinical problems for which controlled data do not exist.
Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland has been publishing useful clinical pearls for Emergency Medicine students and residents since 2007, which are also turned into mobile app for Android and iPhone called UMEM Pearls.
This app contains pearls that cover almost every medical category, with the focus on Emergency Medicine, including cardiology, airway management, trauma, orthopedics, critical care, infectious diseases, neurology, vascular disorders and procedures, pediatrics, and many more.
Medical calculators are widely used in modern clinical practice, including Emergency Medicine. These calculators can help doctors of various specialties, as well as medical students and interns solve different questions, such as calculating risk or likelihood of certain diseases, determining the disease severity, deciding if patient should use particular medications, and so on.
One of the most popular clinical decision tools among the physicians is MDCalc app, which has evolved from the website of the same name. This app is multifunctional tool that provides healthcare professionals with various medical calculations, evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support for different specialties.
MDCalc app recently became available for physicians and students owning Android smartphones, so they can now use this amazing and must-have medical calculator app.
Eye emergencies make a significant portion of ER visits, so that's why having a good ophthalmic reference tool is not only necessary for ophthalmologists, but also for emergency medicine physicians and residents.
Eye Emergency Manual app was made by Agency for Clinical Innovation with a goal to grasp almost any information in ophthalmology, from general terms to emergency cases.
The app is specifically designed to help medical practitioners in New South Wales, but it can be used by emergency clinicians and ophthalmologists worldwide.
However, Eye Emergency Manual is not a diagnostic app, as many may expect. It is just a reference tool, providing textual information that is not strictly evidence based, with a lot of useful pictures and diagrams that back up the information really well.
Although being the common clinical problem and one of the main causes for urgent care visits, febrile infant is one of the biggest fears that new parents face.
It is also a serious challenge to clinicians, mostly because of nonspecific symptoms that make it difficult to distinguish between young febrile infants with a viral illness and those with early serious invasive bacterial illness.
In order to determine if the febrile infants are at highest risk of serious bacterial illness, the healthcare providers were using various guidelines based on different criteria, such as Rochester criteria or Lab-Score, many of them written two decades ago.
Recently, a study has been published promoting new approach called Step-by-Step, based on algorithm that prioritizes high risk patients, and which has shown better sensitivity than other criteria.
Based on the study, Dr Joshua Steinberg developed Step-by-Step Febrile Infant app, which is evidence-based medicine resource, which uses an improved algorithm to assess risk of invasive bacterial infection in febrile infants. It is available for free, but only to clinicians using iPhone.
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