Learning how to interpret ECGs can be difficult, and because it’s such a critical task for all physicians to have a baseline understanding of, tools that help with ECG learning are essential. ECG Quiz is a medical educational app with a collection of more than 200 clinical cases containing electrocardiograms and short clinical histories. This app was developed by Antoine Ayer, MD from Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
Upon launch the app greets us with a disclaimer about how it does not replace medical advice. This is always a plus as not all apps do this. The main screen is composed of two buttons “Quiz” and “Guidelines”.
There are several Quiz modes such as the “Mini test” where you must solve 4 strips in a row. Additional quizzes include an “ECG of the month”, a “Blind test”, “5 random questions” and 4 “Triage” questions. We should mention here that though the selection of cases is both very comprehensive and extensive, the user interface prevents you from zooming in and out of the strips; instead we zoom the whole screen in. This issue is not a big deal but it does hinder moving through the app and strips.
The Guidelines include:
- Management of STEMI
- Distinguishing STEMI from Hypertrophy
- Infarction localization
- Modified Sgarbossa criteria
- Indications of a pacemaker
- Distinguishing A-Fib from A-Flutter
Evidence and literature used to support app
- The app contains a “Links” category within the “Guidelines” section but it’s unclear whether they are meant as references or additional information.
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Emergency physicians, cardiologists, general practitioners, paramedics, triage-nurses, students.
- Good selection of cases to use for practice
- Lacks references for the guidelines
- ECG Quiz has a very good selection of ECG strips and it will certainly take you a while to go through all of them. The added treatment guidelines are a good addition, but unfortunately, the app does not reference its medical content. It’s also a shame that you can’t really zoom in to take a closer look at the strips because that really hinders the user experience.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Very nice and friendly.
- Multimedia Usage
EKG strips are good but you can’t zoom in very much.
Nice amount of cases for a small price.
- Real World Applicability
Physicians and students needing to practice will have a good supply of cases and strips.
- Device Used For Review
- Available for DownloadAndroid