I have been wanting to share with my colleagues about my top 10 apps for Paediatricians to have on their smartphone, but never really had the chance. Hence I thought I would put these in a post, so more people can consider if they could benefit from having these on their smartphones.
These are listed in no particular order.
1) Paediatric Emergency Drugs – £2.29
This App will estimate weight for the age of the child, and as the app name suggests will provide information on emergency drug doses, as well as the normal ranges for physiological parameters for the child.
2) Camscanner – Free
This app allows for pictures of documents or screen grabs of presentations to be taken and then adjusted for keystone to straighten up the image and has various formats which you can save the file in (original colour – great for ECGs, B+W as like a photocopy, and various others). This app provides a function which Apple should have built into its camera app.
3) Units Plus – Free
This app allows for conversion of various measurements to different units. Weight (kg to lb and vice versa) and temperature (Fahrenheit to celsius) are the ones most likely to be used by medics.
4) Omnio App – Free (with in-app purchases)
This app has multiple capabilities. It can be used for its medical calculators, feed for latest journals and medical news. It was designed as a one-stop shop for all medical learning and information, although some features will require purchases.
5) Guidelines – Free (for UK health professionals)
This app requires registration for use. It contains numerous clinical guidelines from UK, which gives you the latest guidance at your fingertips. Very useful as a reference.
6) iResus app – Free
This app contains various resuscitation algorithms (adult and paediatric) for the various resus scenarios. Good for reference.
7) BNF for Children and BNF – Free (requires Athens password)
These two apps give the latest medical formulary information, which is updated monthly (requires internet connection). Very useful as it is always to hand as the drug information is stored on the device – i.e. does not require internet access. Previously I had to pay for this app (££), so now that it is free courtesy of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and is updated regularly, I would recommend all UK medics (who should have an Athens password) to download this to your devices.
8) NICE Guidelines – Free (requires Athens password)
This contains the latest guidance for various medical conditions which NICE have produced. This is updated on a regular basis, so will contain all the latest guidance as they are released. Great for reference when there is no internet connection, as the guidelines are stored on the device.
9) Age Calculator – Free
This app allows for calculation of age of children born both at term and for those who were born prematurely. It will calculate the age of the child from the date of birth to the current date. Very useful to ensure the corrected gestational age is accurate when working in the Neonatal Unit.
10) Keynotes – £7.99
Keynotes allows for presentations to be made using an iPhone, assuming you have the correct adapter to connect to the projector or flat-screen TV. It now also has a remote function to allow for the iPhone to control the presentation on the iPad as well.