There are many mobile apps designed for healthcare professionals working in Anesthesiology, including anesthesiologists, anesthesiologist assistants and medical students training to become anesthesiologists.
These apps serve many purposes, from educational to point-of-care apps that provide anesthesiologists with useful resources and tools they can use before, during, and after the surgery.
Here, we listed some of the most useful apps that healthcare professionals working in Anesthesiology should have in their pocket.
Oxford American Handbook of Anesthesiology App
The Oxford American Handbook of Anesthesiology app is a part of Oxford American Handbook series that provide an overview for various specialties.
This app is a manual for anesthesiologists, providing them with a quick access to a full range of drug options and guidelines for safe and effective patient care.
It is intended to be used at the point of care so its comprehensive content is easy to read thanks to the use of concise bulleted text, quick reference tabs, four-color presentation, and bookmark features to help provide fast answers.
The app is ideal for students and residents who want a comprehensive and user-friendly guidance in Anesthesiology
The app is available on Android and iOS, however, its price varies between the app stores.
Vargo Anesthesia Mega App
Vargo Anesthesia Mega App is another comprehensive anesthesiology resource that contains Anesthesia Case Tips book and 16 anesthesia apps in one mega app.
Some of the apps included are Calculations (various medical calculators except anesthesia drugs doses), Anesthesia Case Tips (a book with over 500 anesthesiology cases), Anesthesia Drug Box (basic pharmacology information about 150 drugs/agents/products used in anesthesia field), Pediatric Case Tips, Local Anesthetics, and so on.
Vargo Mega app is available on iOS and Android for $89.99.
Anesthesia 411 App
Anesthesia 411 is a collection of more than 125 of the most common cases seen by an anesthesiologist. It is a guide that uses a simple format, which is useful at the point of care, that guides anesthesiologists on the IV access, drugs, monitors and special equipment needed to do the cases. It goes over pre-op, intra-op and post-op issues.
There is also a detailed section in the app for those doing minimally invasive port access AVR and MVR cases, which includes TEE images showing CS catheter and pulmonary vent placement, with tips from experts.
The app is available on Android and iOS for $3.99 (Apple stores) and $2.99 (Google store).
Anesthesia Comprehensive Review App
The current version of the Anesthesia Comprehensive Review app corresponds to the 5th edition of the print book entitled Anesthesia A Comprehensive Review.
The app provides more than 1000 thoroughly revised questions, for the most current and comprehensive review of board material, covering the latest discoveries and techniques in physics, biochemistry, and anesthesia equipment, along with the newest drugs and drug categories.
The app is initially available for free download on iOS, containing 10 free questions to review. The complete set of questions can be purchased for $99.99.
Our score: N/A
Anesthesiology pocketcards App
The Anesthesiology pocketcards app is a concise clinical reference guide that contains a compilation of scores, classifications, algorithms, and dosage information useful for the healthcare professionals working in the anesthesiology environment.
It includes a complete hypothermia treatment algorithm, the difficult airway algorithm, a pediatric drug dosage table, as well as important vitals, fluids and electrolytes management, a table of anti-coagulation and neuraxial anesthesia, as well as special information about cardiothoracic and obstetric anesthesia, which include hemodynamic values, drugs, risk stratification, and changes during pregnancy.
The app also contains the information about peripheral nerve blocks and pain management (PCA Regime).
The app is available on iOS and Android for $4.99.
Pedi-Anesth app is a companion to the textbook A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children by Elsevier. The app includes a drug calculator for most pediatric anesthesia and critical care medications (including antibiotics, sedatives and local anesthetics), management of emergency situations including anaphylaxis, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, difficult airway algorithms, and malignant hyperthermia, as well as diagrams of all major congenital heart lesions with bullet points for their anesthesia-related management.
There are also guidelines for blood component therapy, dosing of inotropes, diagnosis, and management of diabetes insipidus, endotracheal tube size based on age, and much more important information.
Pedi-Anesth app is available as a paid appon Android, while iOS version includes free, Lite ($1.39), and Pro version ($6.99).
Gas Guide app provides medical students and residents with a quick and easy access to anesthesia information, operative safety checklists, and other useful guidelines and recommendations required in the operating room and during anesthesiology rotations.
The design and the interface of the app are quite simple resembling a book with chapters, making content with a great share of information easy to navigate.
Gas Guide app is available only on iOS for free.
Our score: 88%
Healthcare professionals working in Anesthesiology require clinical calculators and decision support tools to help them in their workflow.
One of the best medical calculators around is Calculate by QxMD, which is not just a calculator, but essential decision-making app as well.
It provides tools which are useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment or determining prognosis in almost every specialty.
It also includes tools and calculators that anesthesiologists may find useful, such as WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, Invasive Hemodynamics, Due Date Calculator, APACHE II Score, Child-Pugh Score (Perioperative Risk in Cirrhosis), and Revised Cardiac Risk Index (Lee Criteria) in Preoperative Assessment.
Calculate by QxMD app is available for free on Android and iOS.
Our score: 97%
Links: Android, iOS
PreOpGuide is a mobile app designed to help ensure patients are properly prepared for surgery, as well as to reduce or eliminate unnecessary pre-operative testing and minimize surgical delays and cancellations.
The app does this by providing an evidence-based, pre-operative anesthesia guide for medical providers who order or administer pre-operative testing.
The app's interface is made as a simple and easy to follow questionnaire, asking providers questions about the patient's surgical procedure and current medical conditions.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.
CheckAid app is a simple, portable tool for implementing checklists before, during and after surgical procedures. It brings standardized checklists provided by institutions at the point of care.
The app is based on WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, which helps ensure that important safety steps are reliably followed for each and every operation with a goal to improve the safety of patients undergoing surgical procedures.
However, the number of checklists in the app is currently limited. There are only 15 checklists, four of them coming from Grey Base Hospital and the rest of Seattle Children's Hospital.
Also, procedure and diagnosis checklists are not included in the app, and healthcare professionals cannot create their own checklists.
The app is currently available only on iOS.
Our score: 81%
Airway EX App
Airway EX app is virtual surgery simulator that enables Anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and medical professionals to practice airway procedures and intubation skills in a realistic 3D virtual environment. All surgical scenarios in the app are recreated from real patient surgeries.
During the virtual procedures, users may experience the range of motion of medical devices, changes in tissue behavior, realistic fluids and secretions, dynamic vital signs, and more.
The app assign scores based on users' skill, speed, damage, bleeding, navigation, recall, and more.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android, also offering Cases and CME in-app purchases.