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Interpret acid-base results on your iPhone

During my medical school years and now when I myself practice medicine, I have noticed that a lot of people have trouble interpreting the arterial blood gases (ABG) test. This test normally provides partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2), partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO2), pH and bicarbonate (HCO3) values. It is important and quite easy to notice if some of these figures are not normal, but interpretation is crucial and sometimes difficult. For these reasons I am sure a lot of practicing medical workers will be pleased to hear that there is now a great application for the iPhone which can be of big help during the interpretation of the ABG test.

The mentioned app is called Acid Plus and is available through the iTunes Store for only $1.99. Acid Plus is extremely easy to use. You open it, enter the ABG test values and the app interprets it for you. Take a look at some of the screen shots.

If you turn the iPhone to landscape view, you will see a colorful graph with an arrow pointing to the disorder.

Acid Plus will also provide you with common causes of the primary acid-base disorders.

Acid Plus rapidly found its way into my top most useful medical apps for the iPhone. If you are practicing medicine and own an iPhone, you need to have it.

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Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D.

This is a game for the iPhone for which I wanted to do a video review, but I see that others have already done it, so I will just embed their video.

Here is a description of this game:
Prepare to go micro! You are Dr. Awesome, the world’s most popular microsurgeon. A deadly strain of virus is attacking the population and you are tasked to defeat it before time runs out!

You must perform microsurgery to isolate and eradicate the mutagens that have infected your friends, personalized from your contact list. Cut and trap the offending viruses with your accelerometer-guided micro scalpel, avoid disruptive virus counter attacks and collect various power-ups to succeed. You’ll need a need steady hand to be the best!

So, the game doesn’t make any sense from a medical perspective. You are a surgeon cutting cells with some kind of micro laser ??!!##?? to kill the viruses. Although, Rocket Scientist’s Laser Scalpel Targets Individual Cells article from Wired got me thinking. One cool feature of this game is that it incorporates with your contact list on the phone, so your friends become your patients. Scary.

Take a look at the video review:


Dr. Awesome iPhone Review from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

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Optimism software helps you monitor your depression

It is estimated that depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Depression is definitely the No.1 psychological disorder in the western world. Even more concerning is its rate of increase. If it keeps increasing at the current pace it will be the 2nd most disabling condition in the world by 2020, behind heart disease. Any idea which can help us defeat depression is surely welcomed, and the one I am presenting today makes perfect sense.

Optimism software for Windows and Mac is designed to help you understand your depression and take control. With it you can keep a record of all things that impact your mental health – positive and negative, and create reports and charts with connections between the things impacting your health. These reports you can then take to appointments with your health professional, to help them provide you with a better, more tailored treatment. Also, you can formulate a plan within the software for returning to health and remaining well.

Optimism software is available as a 7-day trial, so you can test it before buying and see if it suites your needs.

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CME application for iPhone

Company called ReachMD has released their Continuing Medical Education (CME) application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. This app is just great for all you busy healthcare practitioners who want to learn something new and earn free CME credits. After you install it on your iPhone you have to register, choose the program you are interested in, listen to it, and take the test. Very simple and convenient.

Take a look at some screen shots.

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Download ReachMD app for free.

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Vaccine Record on iPhone

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Do you keep a vaccine record for your child? Do you know when and which shots has your child received? You would be surprised how many people don’t have a clue about this, from my experience almost 99%. But this can turn up to be a very important piece of information, especially if your child has to for any reason visit the emergency room. Child Vaccine Record app for iPhone lets you store this information and carry it with you all the time. Not only this, it can also keep a record of your child’s allergies and periodic measurements like height, weight, BMI, head circumference, body temperature and blood glucose values.

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ACLS for iPhone

Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) app is now available for iPhone. It guides you through the algorithms for the urgent treatment of acute coronary syndrome, bradycardia, tachycardia, edema, hypotension, shock, electric cardioversion, hypothermia, pulseless arrest and suspected stroke. While it is obviously not useful during a code, it is a good reference to check from time to time. These algorithms can easily be forgotten, especially if you don’t practice or encounter such patients regularly.

ACLS is priced at 4.99, which is quite reasonable if you ask me.

Here are some screen shots of this application:

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To learn more about Advance Cardiac Life Support, visit American Heart Association Website where you can also read the complete guidelines.

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