By: PJ Lally MD

Vargo anesthesia, which has made over 15 medical apps for the Android and iOS platforms, teamed with two CRNA’s and a PA to create a compendium of over 400 anesthesia case tips.

The range of cases, which can be browsed alphabetically or via categories, is impressive.

The app contains everything from basal cell carcinoma to aortofemoral bypass. There are also sections on the physiology and management of important anesthesia related pathology including things such as aortic stenosis.

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Each individual case goes through a summary of the procedure, preparations, anesthetics, concerns, positioning, duration, estimated blood loss, possible complications, contraindications, IV access, and related notes.

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The goal of the app, as advertised by the website, is to help providers who struggle to retrieve quick information in times of need find that information in an extremely simple and easy to navigate manner. The design achieves this goal nicely- browse the list, pick a case, read a few paragraphs, and you are set. Some cases even provide images of anatomy and physiology if pertinent.

As noted below, I think the user interface could benefit from a favorites list for quick browsing and I would love to see a notations section for personalizing the app. On the whole, simplicity and efficacy are stuffed into this app.

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Evidence to support use

  • This medical app excels in this section. At the bottom of each case is a list of usually one to three references listed.


  • $9.99


  • Great information packed into an easy to access and navigate medical app


  • I would love to see a notes section for each case so providers can annotate and add reminders if needed
  • The app might also benefit from a favorites section to pick procedures that are referenced more than others

Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app

  • Anesthesia providers


  • A power packed medical app that is easy to navigate. With a few little tweaks this app easily has five stars and stays high on my list for most useful apps for anesthesia providers. As of publish, no Android version of the app is available.

Type of Device used to review app Version of App–iPhone 5, iPad with retina display

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Rating: 4 Stars
1. User Interface: 5 stars- easy to navigate
2. Multimedia usage: 3 stars- no flaws but not earth shattering
3. Price: 4 stars- similar price to a pocket reference card at $9.99
4. Real world applicability: 5 stars- very handy information at your fingertips and great supporting evidence

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 healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider.