Purpose of App Review
Finding useful and high quality reference materials on a handheld device is important for any professional in a clinical setting.
Trusted information immediately and at the bedside is most desired by busy clinicians.
Reviewing the I.V. Drug Handbook serves to demonstrate how handy a well-designed and comprehensive medical app can be on the job.
The I.V. Drug Handbook Android app by McGraw-Hill is both replete with quality drug information and is easy to search or browse through. The app developers, Mobisystems, have developed several other authoritative medical apps for Android devices that are both reliable and stable.
The 7-day free trial of the app is just as functional as the pay-for version and allows for a thorough assessment of the reference manual before committing to purchasing. It’s also possible to unlock the full version with a special passcode from the publisher.
This information may be gained from an institution’s medical library or subscription service provider. Some online and print purchases of this Handbook come with a passcode for free downloading of app content.
Navigating around the I.V. Drug Handbook app is a cinch. Drug and compound information is displayed in an alphabetical list on the home screen with a search box at the top, making it easy to get to a specific I.V. drug when the name is known. The information found within each drug name is comprehensive and organized intuitively as well.
Users can use the links in the Table of Contents of each drug to get at specific information such as pharmacokinetics, dosages, administration, adverse reactions, toxicity, and patient teaching tips. Users can also alter the text size as the amount of text on each page can seem overwhelming and cluttered at times.
The option to change the font size is a feature that shows that the developers thought of the product users while designing the interface.
Evidence to Support Use
On-the-go access to crucial I.V. drug information is imperative when handling patients in the clinical setting. Overall, smartphone use and medical drug apps have hit the scene and they prove to be useful companions for delivering stellar patient care.
- Free 7-day trial, then $44.99 to purchase full version
- Free with passcode from other purchased copy
- Comes from a reputable publisher
- Updated frequently and offers navigation within drug monographs
- Search functionality is smooth and efficient
- 7-day fully functional trial period before purchasing
- None to report
Healthcare providers that may benefit from app
- Developed for practicing nurses and pharmacists, but can be used by any clinical practitioner
- Simple, intuitive look, feel, and usability
- Option to change text size for customized reading experience
- Fully functional free trial period before acquiring full version
- Organization of comprehensive information within drug records makes it easy to find specific content
Rating (1-5 stars)
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4.5
1. User Interface – 5
2. Multimedia usage – 4 (no need for this to be very robust)
3. Price – 4 ($44.99 after free trial or no passcode to unlock content)
4. Real world applicability – 5
1. We’ve got an app for that: using mobile technology to improve care management and drug adherence for at-risk patients. Health Manag Technol. 2011 Aug;32(8):24-5. PMID:21905489
Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.