Sometimes, when the code is hectic, you need to stop and get back to the basics. This is especially true when you are on the floor, not in the ICU or Emergency Department where staff is prepared and informed. CPR Pacer is a simple audible timer (with adjustable volume) that beeps out compressions. This is a great application for mock codes as it can get you into practice of watching the compressions and getting a sense if they are fast or slow. Often, we can get hooked into the details of medications, monitors, and procedures and we forget that the patient’s heart is not beating. If we do not tend to compressions, there is no blood flow. Simple.
The app does have a second screen which is the ACLS algorithm in PDF style zoomable format. This style is limited in its function, but the app does not have any bugs and it is getting us on the right track.
Link: CPR Pacer
Conclusion: Sometimes you need to keep to the basics.
Rating: 4 Stars ( User Interface: 4, Multimedia: 2, Price: 5, Real World Applicability: 4) At least we now have good CPR going, we now have the luxury of time to keep searching.
ACLS Fast seemingly has more options and features than the previous application. Its condition tab allows the user to pick a rhythm but then annoyingly only has zoomable PDF formatting for the protocols. This is not better than a paper copy and may be worse as the type is so small one has to zoom around the page to find the useful information.
One of my frustrations with the current “code blue” medical applications available for the iPhone is the obvious lack of medical input. The applications are orphaned or limited to PDF formatting. The next feature, a drug drip section, is another example of a thoughtful but ineffective effort. The section allows the user to input a weight and it will calculate dosages in cc/hr. This is seemingly great, but in a real code you are pushing medications and then starting drips usually titrated to a blood pressure. Gauging dosages based on weight is simply not that useful.
The timer function tab is very simple and effective. It counts to two minutes and then alarms. Pulse check! It does not, however, offer an epinephrine timer or an editing feature. The redeeming feature of this application are the quiz modes which offer both rhythm and code questions. I am not sure this alone is worth the price, but I appreciate the effort.
Link: ACLS Fast
Conclusion: Still PDF format for code protocols, but it has a nice quizzes for learning.
Rating: 3 Stars ( User Interface: 4, Multimedia: 2, Price: 5, Real World Applicability: 2) Although still limited to PDF style format for the code protocols, this application does have the added features of including a timer, code quiz, and rhythm quiz. It still suffers from lack of medical input in its creation.