Treatment of patients in emergency setting requires physicians to be able to make quick decisions and treat patients promptly.
Since most of the healthcare professionals use smartphones and tablets in their daily practice, many use mobile apps designed specifically for emergency medicine, which help healthcare professionals provide better care and improve a patient's experience.
These mobile devices and apps enable easier access to medical content and provide Emergency Medicine clinicians with useful and trusted point-of-care clinical resources, reviews, algorithms, clinical calculators, decision support tools, recommendations on diagnosis and treatment, medication guidelines, and so on.
Mobile apps basically became essential resources and tools when treating patients in emergency situations nowadays.
There's a plenty of Emergency Medicine apps on the market and choosing the right one depends on your needs. Some of these apps allow physicians to review their EM knowledge, while the others are designed to help make critical decisions in the emergency situations.
Some of the apps provide a single feature, while others work as multifunctional tools.
Many physicians in Emergency Medicine download and use AgileMD mobile app that we reviewed a while ago and that was also included in our list of best emergency medical apps for doctors and students.
This app, formerly known as R.E.B.E.L. EM, allows healthcare providers to access trusted point-of-care handbooks, clinical protocols, treatment guidelines, and care notes across multiple specialties.
Some time ago, AgileMD decided to bring back R.E.B.E.L. EM app, which organizes the content from the R.E.B.E.L. EM website into easy-to-use, quick reference suitable for the use at the point of care, with a goal to provide the EM providers with high yield EM topics in chart/table format. The R.E.B.E.L. EM app is available for free download for Android and iOS devices.
Upon opening the app, you'd notice that it doesn't look like the website. The app has its own interface, which is clean and easy-to-use.
On the main page, R.E.B.E.L. EM app lists key systems, including Cardiovascular, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, and so on, with a number of topics for each.
You'd notice that some of the systems have a dozen of topics, such as Cardiovascular that has 14, while some of them, such as Gastrointestinal has only one topic.
Topics in each section/system basically contain a summary of information about each of the subjects structured in tables/charts rather than comprehensive essays.
This is actually good because the purpose of the app is to be a quick, pocket reference that provides easy-to-follow information in often hectic EM setting.
These tables/charts are the current collection of R.E.B.E.L. EM Reviews, basically medical pearls/board review topics with a purpose to improve medical knowledge and allow physicians to quickly address a particular topic at the point of care.
For example, the Cardiovascular section covers topics such as Arterial Pulses that provides a table with pulses, morphology and associated disease for each pulse listed, ECG axis, or Heart Score algorithm for chest pain patients in the ED.
Gastroenterology covers only one topic, Infectious Gastroenteritis, which is also structured as a table with an overview of causes (different bacteria), time to onset, and high-yield buzz phrases usually connected to the particular type of bacteria (undercooked seafood, contaminated water, egg salad, etc.).
The app also allows providers to check many other topics for other specialties, such as steroid conversion chart, the safety of particular medications in pregnancy, contraindications to thrombolytic drugs, an algorithm for vascular injuries, and many more.
There's also search feature with autocomplete that makes finding particular topics even easier. All topics can be shared.
As you'd probably notice, some of the tables don't look good, meaning they're not optimized for mobile view. Also, images and PDFs cannot be enlarged for a better view.
The R.E.B.E.L. EM app covers a lot of topics, but they're served as medical pearls rather than an authoritative resource. The lack of references for many topics is a particular problem that should be improved if the app's creators have bigger ambitions for their app.
Another problem is that R.E.B.E.L. EM app covers only a limited number of Emergency Medicine topics.
Nevertheless, the R.E.B.E.L. EM app is a very good app that covers a wide variety of EM topics in a form of easy-to-follow tables and charts, which makes it particularly useful at the point of care.
Benefit: Providers who work in emergency medicine and/or urgent care would benefit from this app