Purpose of App Review
To showcase an app that helps nurses to determine infusion and dilution calculations.
Infusion Nurse was created by a nurse for nurses. It contains quick and easy calculators to help with diluting substances, infusions, drug doses, concentrations, and drop rates.
The app itself offers a number of different functions that a nurse may find useful on a day to day basis including,
- Infusion Rate
- Convert Speed
- Calculate Drop Rate
According to the description in the Google Play store, Infusion Nurse was developed by a nurse though we have no way of knowing this nurse’s credentials or affiliation. It’s apparent that the developer goes by the moniker Kingel, but there is no other online presence for this group or individual. Infusion Nurse could benefit from being more transparent about who is behind the handy tool.
Infusion Nurse operates off of a simple interface that provides users with various options. The app only contains these two layers which adds to its user-friendly setup and functionality.
The calculations are easy to discern and seem accurate, though in the About section of the app, it states “all use of this app is at your own risk.” It is unclear where the developer is getting their calculations from or how things are working behind the scenes to generate the calculated numbers.
The app works rather quickly, making it a useful companion in the clinical setting. The instructions and information found in the app are also easy to follow and understandable for users of all levels. Infusion Nurse provides quick and easy calculations for the nurse in both the clinical and research settings.
- Structure, design, and functionality
- Aesthetic of the interface
- Easy to follow step-by-step instructions
- Transparency–unclear where the information is coming from or the creator of the app
- Inability to share calculations with colleagues or via other apps on your device
- Developed by a nurse for nurses dealing with infusion and medicine
- Easy layout and flow of content in the app
- It is unknown where the app is pulling its information from or the individual responsible for developing the app
Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 3.75
- User Interface – 5
- Multimedia usage – 2
- Price – 5
- Real world applicability – 3
Phone used for review: Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S phone)
While these types of apps may be beneficial for some users, caution must be taken as the author of the article notes. The app does not appear to cite any literature of where calculations are being taken from, nor supporting any developer webpage for reference. While this app does not directly deal with any one drug in particular, other than simple dilution calculations, users should take this into consideration with this and other apps of similar nature.
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.