The extensive Medrills series of iOS and Android apps by ArchieMD recently caught our eye at iMedicalApps, due to their phenomenal graphics and unique approach to teaching clinical procedure skills.

We recently reviewed three from the series – Army CricothyroidotomyManage IV and Hemostatic Dressing.

I really enjoyed playing with and using these quality tools. Those apps were made specifically for Army medics, though the full Medrills series contains apps for civilian health care professionals as well.

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Each app focuses on a specific skill. These skills include: placing IVs, performing CPR, and/or managing airways. They start with a brief narrated introduction on the topic with slides illustrating basic concepts and learning objectives for the app. The developers use high quality 3D graphics as much as possible to demonstrate important clinical concepts.

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After the intro, the app then transitions to Training Mode, where users answer questions and try different activities. Training Mode caters to both visual and kinetic learning styles with interactive activities that often attempt to simulate practical clinical skills.

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Clearly, the best way to learn these clinical skills is to get hands on experience with actual equipment and real life patients. No app can replace that type of learning. However, preparing for that practice by learning about each skill and getting familiar with fundamental concepts will help learners make the most of their clinical learning time.

When I learned skills like these in EMT training and in medical school, we were usually required to do a relevant reading on the material and then passively listen to a lecture before starting skills practice.

I think that apps like these, focused on interactive learning, do a much better job of priming learners for hands on practice to maximize that experience. CPR Game and Resuscitation by EM Gladiators use a similar approach focused on gaming and simulation. I look forward to seeing more interactive medical education apps.

Medrills mobile apps are available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Medrills App Series:

  • Triage
  • Performing CPR
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Airway Management
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Suctioning Airway
  • Administer Oxygen
  • Needle Chest Decompression for Pneumothorax
  • Fracture
  • Obtaining IV Access
  • Medication Port
  • Administer Medicine
  • Hemorrhage Control
  • Shock
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Medrills Army Series:

  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Combitube
  • Tourniquet
  • Initiate IV
  • Manage IV
  • Saline Lock
  • Admin Morph
  • Control Bleed
  • Hemostatic Dressing
  • Pressure Dressing

Disclaimer:
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.