My Emergency Dr
FREE to Download. Never wait to see an Emergency Doctor again. Speak to a Senior Australian Emergency Doctor online, anytime. Note that this is not a substitute for 000. My Emergency Dr is now a paid service and this version includes features to capture payment details. Users will be charged if they wish to have a consultation with a doctor.
FREE. For all those of you reading EM blogs and listening to podcasts online, you may well be familiar with FOAM – Free Open Access Medical Education. The SmartFOAM app collates all that online content on your mobile. It contains a feed of all the latest FOAM posts from hundreds of blogs; it allows you to see what’s going on in the #foamed twitter hashtag; has a feed of recent GMEP posts; and has links to FOAM EM websites alongside GoogleFOAM and GuidelinesForMe. There is no need to feel lost in the world of FOAM again.
$5.75 for Android and $4.99 for Apple. Not so much a point of care app but a wonderfully accessible collection of peer reviewed, landmark journal article summaries that is constantly updated. Summaries are to the point, making them a manageable read and more importantly retainable. All article summaries contain a ‘bottom line’, Major points, Design, Population, Interventions, Outcomes, Criticisms and Funding. Articles are referenced via PubMed and where possible the full text pdf version is linked. You can search via specialty, disease, name and date of trial. Article summaries /references can be emailed to colleagues through an in app function – a wonderful ACEM fellowship exam resource.
FREE. Only available on ipad. DrawMD is an excellent visual resource designed to aid patient communication by explaining procedures and illnesses. The app provides templates for anatomical explanations and you can customise these by adding extra stamps or your own drawings or pictures. There is a selection of 12 different specialty apps, each with specialty specific images. Those most useful to ED doctors are the Anaesthesia and Critical Care app, and the Orthopaedics app. The critical care app allows you to illustrate IV cannulation, placement of a central line (including complications), lumbar puncture and intubation, and disease processes such as coronary artery disease and nephrolithiasis. In the orthopaedic app you can demonstrate fractures of most major body areas, fixation techniques and soft tissue injuries. The pictures can be saved for use again or emailed to the patient.
FREE. We have all been faced with the non-English speaking patient or patient’s family in the ED. Google Translate offers the ED clinician critical translation support 24/7. It can be used as a dictionary to look up specific words or to translate sentences/paragraphs of text. There are 115 foreign language options which include those Asian and European languages commonly found in metropolitan areas of Australia. This app is best used when urgent information is required or if time critical treatment needs to be started safely and there are no immediate translators at hand. Allergies, pain and contact details are common areas of enquiry where this app is useful. There is a built in microphone feature which we have trialled successfully with our foreign language speakers in the ECI office. We were pleasantly surprised with the app’s accuracy and speed. Wifi/internet access is required at all times for this app to function.