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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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Medical Reality

There are a few good medical television reality shows with health care workers playing the main roles. I think these shows are excellent and not just because of their great production or because they are fun to watch, but because I believe there is a lot one can learn from them. This is true for both patients and medical stuff. By watching these shows patients can better understand how the hospitals work, their doctor’s position, better prepare for their stay in the hospital or doctor’s visit, know what to expect and so on. On the other hand, people who chose to devote their lives to medicine, especially students and young health care workers can get a better taste of what is waiting for them if they chose a certain direction in their career, and most importantly they can learn a lot about medicine.

These are my current top 3 shows, so if you gotta watch TV, watch this.

1. Hopkins

I already wrote about this excellent ABC show. Until now seven episodes have been shot and each follows a few characters, both health care workers and patients, and their stories. You can watch the show at the ABC or buy and download better quality video from the iTunes store.

2. Real ER: The Bronx

This is a Discovery Home & Health show shot in the ER at one of New York’s busiest hospitals – St Barnabas in the city’s south Bronx. It is action packed and some times almost too real. You can watch in on Discovery Channel, but for now I haven’t found any way to download it or buy it.

3. Trauma: Life in the E.R.

This medical-based television reality show has first appeared in 1997 and now runs frequently on Discovery Health Channel. Trauma: Life in the E.R. has almost a cult status since it was one of the first such programs to be shot almost entirely on hand-held MiniDV camcorders. Many shows which came later borrowed a lot from it. You can buy and download 5 complete seasons from the iTunes store.

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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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Brush up your clinical skills with video podcasts

Podcasts can be a great educational tool. They are a free video or audio series, like a TV or radio show that you download and play, whenever you chose, on your computer, TV, iPod, iPhone or other portable media player. There are numerous podcast directories which can help you find interesting podcasts. One of the most popular and certainly the one which started it all is iTunes Store. Apart from offering music, TV shows, movies and iPhone/iPod applications for sale, it features thousands of different podcasts. Among them many are related to medicine, and some can even help you improve your clinical examination skills. To be able to watch these podcasts, you will need to have iTunes installed on your computer and preferably a broadband Internet connection. Some of the episodes can be quite big and take a long time to download on a slow connection.

Here is my selection of video podcasts from the iTunes store which can help you brush up your clinical skills.

Clinical Examinations
by Professor Karim Mearan
Imperial College London, Faculty of Medicine

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This podcast currently has 5 episodes featuring a physician performing following examination:

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Cranial nerves
  • Neurological – lower limbs
  • Neurological – upper limbs

Integrated Clinical Method
by ICM Team
Swansea University Medical School

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So far, there are in total 10 episodes with two physician demonstrating different exams:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Abdominal
  • Lumbar spine
  • Cervical spine
  • Ankle and foot
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder

Uva Clinical Skills Videos
by Office of Medical Education
University of Virginia

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In this series you will find clinical examination videos, but also videos depicting medical procedures and tips for taking patient’s history.

Clinical exams

  • Knee
  • Low back
  • Shoulder
  • Upper extremities
  • Lower extremities
  • Skin
  • Vital signs
  • Chest
  • HEENT
  • Cardiac
  • Abdominal
  • Neurologic
  • Ophtalmoscopic

Medical procedures

  • Central line placement
  • Intubation
  • Standard venipuncture
  • Butterfly venipuncture

History taking

  • Sexual history
  • Interview with sexual health issues

Neonatology
by Rijeka University School of Medicine
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While all of the above mentioned podcasts demonstrate clinical examination of adult patients, this one show you how to examine newborn babies. Until today, 11 videos are made available demonstrating clinical examination of primitive reflexes.

  • Introduction: Primitive Reflexes
  • Walking reflex
  • Tonic neck reflex
  • Sucking reflex
  • Rooting reflex
  • Pull to Sit
  • Moro Response
  • Magnet reflex
  • Grasp response
  • Galant’s reflex
  • Crawling reflex

You’re still here? Go on, hurry and download some of these excellent podcasts and become a better clinical examiner.

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PubSearch for Pubs

In my recent post about the possible use of iPhone by medical doctors, I mentioned PubSearch. PubSearch is an application which allows you to search for scientific articles in the PubMed database on your iPhone. It seams that this was not obvious to some people, or it actually was. Hence this funny review from the UK iTunes store.

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