Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a relatively common and serious issue in many patients.

Many guidelines and tools have been put in place to try to recognize and treat AKI early to try to minimize long term damage.

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, along with NHS Kidney Care, have recently developed and released a new mobile app.

The app provides a fast and simple way to explore the latest national guidelines on the diagnosis, prevention and management of AKI.

The app works through initial Recognition and Assessment of AKI according to the latest guidelines.

 

There is a helpful calculator which enables users to quickly and safely work out the severity of AKI.

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The app is designed  in a step fashion so that the user is walked through all the necessary steps. After the user has diagnosed the degree of AKI using the inbuilt calculator, the app displays the relevant management steps. The actual information provided is concise and easily followed.

There is some supplementation of the content using pictures but, on the whole, the content is largely text-based. As such, there are certain tabs to highlight important points such as hyperkalemia in the presence of AKI.

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Moreover, the app is completed with a series of four short case studies and multiple choice questions designed to test user understanding of the AKI guidelines and management.

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The final useful piece of information in the app is a page of links to other resources. These are mainly UK-based but the information contained is generally applicable everywhere. In terms of the content and utility, this app is a great little tool to have available if confronted with a patient with suspected AKI.

Unfortunately, this app is let down by a poor use of screen real-estate. As can be seen from the screenshots, the app is not designed for the iPhone 5. Furthermore, the only area which displays text is a small square in the centre of the screen as can be seen in the Management screenshot. As a result, the user finds himself/herself scrolling almost constantly to keep reading the guidelines.

Future improvements to this app should certainly consider making the area of useful content larger. Readers should note there is also an iPad version which does not suffer from the same issues of limited space.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Evidence based guidelines for recognition and management of AKI
  • Referenced and also has date of last update
  • Content is concise and informative

Dislikes

  • Poor use of screen real estate makes app frustrating to use at times
  • Not optimized for iPhone 5

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Internal medicine residents and medical students

Conclusion

  • This comprehensive app contains useful guidelines on the management of AKI in a structured format.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link – iPhone
iTunes Link – iPad

Rating: 3.75 / 5 Stars
User Interface -­ 2
Multimedia usage ­- 4.
Price ­- 5 ­
Real world applicability -­ 4

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.