While we have become very familiar with reliable nursing practices such as pen-and-paper recording of patient data, we have to be progressive and utilize the current trends in information technology. After all, the application of the current trends in information technology in the practice of nursing will help us deliver efficient, quality, and more timely patient care.
The authors of Pinoy R.N. and Ward Class have tried a number of Free iPod Touch and iPhone applications for nurses. Here are some of the more useful ones:
- Medscape. A very useful application from WebMD, Medscape’s best features include the drug reference, drug interaction checker, and specialty-specific news and updates. It is very easy to use and lets users save articles and search results for future reference.
- Black Bag. A free medical resource for healthcare professionals, Black Bag provides access to news feeds, journal summaries, conference coverage, podcasts, and newscasts on categories ranging from allergy to nursing to women’s health. It is even customizable for an enhanced user experience.
- Epocrates RX. Currently on Version 3.1, Epocrates Rx is a free mobile drug reference that includes drug information, formulary, pill identifiers, drug interaction checker, medical calculators, clinical updates, and research articles.
- Eponyms (for students). The free version of Eponyms provides a brief description of more than 1700 medical eponyms. It also includes a search feature that allows users to search eponyms by category. Be sure to try “learn” mode in the options section of Eponyms (for students), it’s fun.
- ABG. The ABG for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a free medical calculator that allows users to analyse arterial blood gas, calculate the FiO2 to achieve a desired PO2, compute IV drip rate and other hemodynamic calculations.
- MedCalc. MedCalc is a free medical calculator that provides a large selection of relevant medical formulas. The application supports US and SI units and features a customizable list of favorites and recently used medical formulas. Users also have the option to search for medical formulas by name or keywords.
- Medical Encyclopedia. University of Maryland Medical Center’s Medical Encyclopedia app for the iPhone and iPod Touch provides users with relevant information on diseases, injuries, symptoms, different types of surgery, poisons, and laboratory tests. The user interface is also clean and easy to navigate.
- WebMD Mobile. WebMD mobile provides the nurse trusted medical information on demand. Information on symptoms, treatment, and even first aid is readily available.
- Skeletal System (Head and Neck). Developed by 3D4Medical.com, this medical application for the iPhone and iPod Touch has great graphics and illustrations. It also allows users to change the background color and features a smooth zoom in/zoom out function.
- Skyscape Medical Resources. The Skyscape Medical Resources is a useful app for nurses and nursing students alike. The medical application provides useful information on OTC and prescription medications. Also very organized and very easy to use.