New Apps for RTs
As faithful readers of my blog are probably aware, I am a big proponent of using smartphone technology on the job, especially apps. I use apps all the time in my daily work routine. Anything from the timer for a 6-min walk to an app for figuring vent settings based on ideal body weight. Apps are great because you can use them at the bedside and on the go and not have to sit down with a pencil and paper and calculate some long formula. I don't want to get into another debate about how the trend towards using apps and other "shortcut" technology in healthcare is making us all dumber because we don't hand calculate formulas anymore ... I think we are past that. I just want to give those of you out there who utilize smartphone apps some new ones to check out:
RTcalc ($4.99) : This app is quickly becoming my favorite work app and I think it is because it was created by an RT and was created with RTs in mind, as opposed to other apps I have used in the past that had RT components but were overall nursing focused. It is simple to use, just punch in your numbers and go. It has both cardiac and respiratory formulas. I used it last night in a pinch to quickly calculate the Alveolar Air Equation. The app also has tools like Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion and remaining O2 tank time. It even has RT CEU information by state. I highly recommend any RT with a smart phone check it out. As far as I know, as of now it is only available for IOS but an Android version is coming soon.
Pocket Lab Values ($2.99): A great tool if you are unfamiliar with the many labs and panels out there. The tests are broken down by system or panel and you can bookmark favorite labs for quick reference. Along with normals, the app also says what condition might be associated with an increased or decreased value. Available for IOS and Android, as well as Windows.
Respiratory Refresher (Free) : This app was designed by students in the Game Design Programming Track in collaboration with the associate professor of respiratory therapy at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Texas. This app doesn't have much flash but it is great for students to reference things like formulas, pulmonary assessment and respiratory medication dosages. I have used their Therapeutic Modalities section to confirm I was measuring the length of an NPA correctly. Very handy and easy to use...plus its free!
Check these apps out and let me know if you readers out there have any you would like to share. Send your recommendations to email@example.com