Paediatric Apps

Royal Children's Hospital Clinical Guidelines

Royal Children's Hospital Clinical Guidelines

Free. Clinical Practice Guidelines contained in this app provides quality, up-to-date health information as a resource for both medical practitioners and the wider community. These Clinical Practice Guidelines are developed by The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

Royal Children's Hospital Clinical Guidelines (Apple)

Royal Children's Hospital Clinical Guidelines (Android)


Free. This is a clinical information tool designed specifically for clinicians who treat children. The resource was created by Paediatricians and includes thousands of topics, graphics and videos for clinicians who work in a wide range of clinical settings—including emergency rooms, acute care facilities, paediatric group practices and academic institutions.

Child Resus

$6.49. Child Resus contains step-by-step emergency treatment guidelines for all common paediatric emergencies. What makes this app different from others is that it tailors the guideline according to your patient’s response and needs. For example, if a child with seizures and IV access has already had two doses of benzodiazepines and is still fitting, the app will tell you that it’s time to try phenytoin. Topics include: asthma; anaphylaxis; electrolyte imbalances; dehydration; adrenal crisis; and stridor. There are over 21 guidelines to help keep you cool in a crisis.

Paeds ED

$2.80. With the tag line, ‘so simple, a child could treat itself’, this app was made for the busy ED doc. This is an intuitive app for calculating drugs, fluids and equipment sizes in paediatric resuscitation scenarios including cardiac arrest, sepsis, anaphylaxis, asthma and the seizing child. Particularly useful is the section on inotropes, anaesthetic agents and anaesthetic maintenance regimes. The calculations are based on sex and either a known weight or age. Age is converted into weight by referencing to WHO weight charts, shown to have increased accuracy compared to traditional formulae based methods. There is also a drug formulary for common ED administered medications. The app was produced by a group of A&E doctors in the UK and was shortlisted for the NHS Patient Safety Award in 2010.

PICU Doctor

FREE. This app is aimed mainly at PICU doctors but its role in the ED is in demystifying those paediatric congenital cardiac diseases and cardiac surgical procedures through a series of well-constructed diagrams of the heart. Pictures include the Blalock-Taussig shunt, aortic coarctation, patent ductus arteriosus and tetralogy of fallot, to name a few. Each diagram has a short accompanying written explanation.

Oxford Handbook of Paediatrics

$65.00. This is a similar design to the Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine and is more of an ebook than point of care app. Although comprehensive for an app handbook, the readability is somewhat restricted in the smartphone format. It is perhaps best utilised in the original paperback format or on a tablet. Updates are limited to timing with releases of new editions.

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