Pediatrics is a field that presents many unique challenges to the clinician. Not only are the patients often unable to verbalize their own complaints, the clinician must astutely deflect the parents’ concerns while dealing with the issues at hand.  Whether on the peds floor or in the clinic, it is not hard to find Fuch’s pocketcards on hand to aid the evaluation of the pediatric patient.

Borm Bruckmeier Publishing, whose other apps have been reviewed before, now brings us Fuch’s pediatric pocketcards in app form. The app is currently available for the iPhone and iPad. Would the developers be able to convert the successful flashcards into a successful app?

The app opens to a quick view Table of Contents, many of which contain sub-topics unique to pediatrics; a well-child visit schedule, recommended immunization schedule, and childhood rashes to name a few. The bottom of the screen again allows the user to jump between a homepage, the ToC, a Classic View, and browse other apps by the developers in BB iTools.

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The app is similar to other Borm Bruckmeier products, organized into mini-chapters and sections. However, this app is also presented more as a quick reference guide with charts and formulas, which utilize the current standard of care in pediatrics, as defined by the AAP.

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There is also an option to use the app in the Classic View mode.  The tables presented throughout the app are all condensed into 8 flashcards.   Searching through the Classic view mode is tedious and may not be the best use of this app.

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The app is best used as a quick reference– as it is limited in the information that it presents. There is limited text and almost no references or sources available. The app draws directly from the pocketcards, but is lacking in many areas that could have been useful in pediatrics. For example, a calculator of the hydration requirements or the Bhutani nomogram (for newborn bilirubin levels) could have added versatility to this app version.

Price:

  • $4.99 from the AppStore.

Likes:

  • Quick-hit information
  • Easy to use

Dislike:

  • Limited format and information

Conclusion:

  • True to its roots, the pocketcards are best used as a quick reference guide.
  • The information presented allows students and pediatrics residents to access commonly encountered diseases and issues in pediatrics; however, this will not be useful for more advanced topics.
  • At $4.99, compared to the $10-12 for the actual pocketcards, the app might be a more cost-effective purchase.