Useful Apps for a Paediatrician/Doctor

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.

Useful apps
Useful apps

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.

Pads Drugs by South Thames Retrieval Service
Pads Drugs by South Thames Retrieval Service
Menu for various information
Menu for various information
Physiological parameters for age
Physiological parameters for age

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.

Camscanner for taking pictures and saving
Camscanner for taking pictures and saving
Photo of presentation - with keystone correction
Photo of presentation – with keystone correction

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. 

Units plus for conversion to different units
Units plus for conversion to different units

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.

Omnio App
Omnio App
From the calculators in Omnio
From the calculators in Omnio

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.

Guidelines App
Guidelines App

6) iResus app – Free

This app contains various resuscitation algorithms (adult and paediatric) for the various resus scenarios. Good for reference.

Resuscitation guidelines
Resuscitation guidelines

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.

BNF for Children - drug formulary
BNF for Children – drug formulary
BNF medication formulary for adults
BNF drug formulary for adults

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.

NICE medical guidelines
NICE medical guidelines

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.

Age calc for calculating age of child
Age calc for calculating age of child

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.

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