Mobile Handbook Apps

WikEM

FREE. This Wiki collaboration from around the world initially started with junior doctors putting together a list of their revision notes online and it has expended from there. The app is an extension of the website, WikiEM.org, from which users can edit and add information themselves. There is the ongoing problem of lack of peer review with these type of apps, however we find that WikEM is generally reliable and well referenced. Many references are from the FACEM exam textbook, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine and UpToDate. The notes are succinct and the app is technically reliable.

PalmEM

$15.99. This is a wonderfully comprehensive app for ED doctors. It is easy to navigate and has the added options of creating a favourites list and attaching freehand notes. The app contains treatment guidelines, clinical decision rules, drug dosing, and a paediatric section. The paediatric rashes summary is particularly well thought out with high quality images. The sections are detailed enough to be informative, but concise enough to fit into mobile format for use at point of care. The developer regularly updates this app with new content. An ECI favourite!

AgileMD

FREE. A set of over 100 interactive and easy-to-access Paucis Verbis cards from Dr. Michelle Lin’s renowned blog Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM). The app presents a collection of peer reviewed, interactive and continuously updated summaries on common emergency medicine topics. Content includes images, clinical pearls, and current guidelines with linked cited references.  Overall, this is less comprehensive than PalmEM which is surprising given the fantastic website associated with the app. http://academiclifeinem.com/

Medscape

FREE. Another medical reference App with a parent website, medscape.com. The app has the added benefit of being able to download an ‘offline access’ version as well as steam-lining the content to your chosen specialty. From the landing page there are three options: clinical reference material, CME points and a news section with recent medical evidence and stories from around the world. Other features of this app include a drug database, interaction checker and extensive procedures section. A downfall of this app in the ED setting is the vast amount of text in the reference articles. Less punchy than PalmEM, AgileMD and WikEM but a very useful read once off the floor.

Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine

$64.99. This app is from the internationally recognised Oxford Handbook series and mirrors the paper version of the fourth edition of the Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine. This contains some good summaries on approaches to common emergency medicine presentations and gives practical advice for JMOs starting off in ED. Some areas are highly detailed and others lack specifics, which may be a reflection of the differing practices and in UK EDs. In its current format as an app-ebook, the mobile interface does not quite work and could be improved to maximise readability. Supporters of FOAM will be disappointed not only due to its price but also since it offers no interim clinical updates between editions.

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