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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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iPod Touch to every medical student

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I have been writing about benefits of using the iPhone and iPod Touch for quite some time. But of course I am not the only one who thinks that these devices are perfect for doctors and medical students.

The Ohio State University Medical Center has decided to provide each medical student a standard iPod touch, equipped with specific medical software programs planned by the OSU College of Medicine, over the next two years. I think their initiative is just great.

Here is their press release:

OSU USES HAND-HELD TECHNOLOGY TO STRENGTHEN PATIENT CARE

iPod TouchWith the use of portable media players, medical students at The Ohio State University Medical Center can now carry the equivalent of heavy textbooks and medical references in their lab coat pockets. The portable media players are part of the current technology making it easier for medical students at OSU to navigate classroom lectures and clinical duties with patients.

Justin Harper, a third-year medical student, saw the Apple iPod touch and helped launch a program for OSU medical students. The Ohio State University College of Medicine is the only college currently using the iPod touch to give to all its students for educational purposes.

“The iPod touch has the potential to positively impact both medical education and the care provided to patients at the bedside,” said Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education. “The personal digital assistant puts a wealth of information at the fingertips of our students. They can study when they want and where they want. If they are seeing a patient and a question arises, they can find the answer instantly, to share with them.”

This hand-held technology can provide graphics, which allow students to refer to resources such as high quality images of each organ and nerve in the body. They can review images from multiple angles, access videos of medical treatments or surgical procedures, and request a review quiz at any time. In addition, detailed photographs on portable media players can help patients identify their current medications and immediately obtain a list of all potential drug interactions.

Over the next two years, each Ohio State medical student will receive a standard iPod touch, equipped with specific medical software programs planned by the OSU College of Medicine.

According to Lucey, this effort continues OSU Medical Center’s leadership in the use of technology to improve the quality of education and patient care.

“We are committed to providing our students with the best tools available, to help them provide outstanding patient care,” said Lucey. “I am delighted that OSU Medical Center is on the cutting edge of a trend that will undoubtedly expand to medical schools across the country.”

The Ohio State University College of Medicine also provides podcasts of medical school lectures, making all lectures and medical school curricula available on line, for review at any time. Students have access to the most recently published research articles and the current medical literature.

Thank you Luka for the tip.
Source Cult of Mac.

Here are some of my earlier posts about the iPhone/ipod Touch:

Why is iPhone perfect for doctors
Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations on iPhone
CME application for iPhone

To read all of my posts related to the iPhone/ipod Touch access my iPhone category.

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