You know the story well.
A young, otherwise fit and healthy, patient complaining of non specific chest pain, shortness of breath and/or palpitations. Maybe this is their first presentation to your emergency department, or maybe they came to see you many times before. Maybe they already saw their family doctor, and maybe they had some further work up and were even put on some medication.
So, here they are. They go thru triage and have an ECG. And you know that this is not some weird and rare cardiac case. You know this is anxiety. Depending on how busy and stressed you are, you might approach them in various ways. Maybe you’ll even brush them off, because you don’t have time for non life threatening nonsense. “Your ECG is OK, you can go now, and see your family doctor if you have any further problems.” Continue reading Prescribe an app for your anxious patient
My dear colleague dr. Bertalan Mesko, better known as Berci, who just happens to be one of the best medical bloggers out there, has recently published his own smartphone app. You see, apart from running a super successful blog called ScienceRoll, Berci is the founder and managing director of Webicina, a site that has been helping physicians enter the web 2.0 era and empowering patients to find medically reliable content online. Webicina curates online medical resources in social media for free in over 15 languages in over 80 medical specialties and conditions, and is now also available on the phone near you. Webicina mobile application makes it easier to access these selected resources on smartphones and also includes a Health 2.0 Quiz which was designed to help empowered patients and medical professionals know more about the world of medicine and social media.
I have been testing the app on my iPhone, however it will soon also be available for other mobile platforms as well. For now you can download it for free in the iTunes store. The app is very nicely designed, and the cool thing is that you can browse through all the listed resources inside the app, without the need to go back and forward between your web browser. In just a few minutes of playing around with it, I found some great new resources and reminded myself of all the great content inside the Emergency Medicine category in which this blog is also featured. I can already see that I will be spending many hours exploring valuable new content on my phone using Webicina app, and if you want to stay on top of your game in your field, I strongly suggest you do the same.
Thank you Berci for providing such a wonderful, easy to use and free application for medical professionals and patients!