Do you need to know the exact dosing for a beta blocker overdose? You know it’s glucagon, but what is the IV dose for children? What is the infusion rate? How soon should you re-dose?
These are all types of questions neatly packed into the Toxicology Antidote app, which is why we listed it recently as one of the best released medical apps of the year. The app is available for iOS and also Android devices.
Before the release of the Toxicology Antidote App by the American College of Emergency Physicians, when you searched for toxicology apps in the App Store using your iPhone, you would get the following apps:
1) ERres: A general use clinical reference app that we are huge fans of at iMedicalApps, but certainly not an exclusive toxicology app.
2) Toxicology by PPnavasUS001: An app I won’t even bother linking as it’s a great example of a medical app that shouldn’t even come up in your App Store search results and is not useful at all.
3) Emergency Medicine and Specialty Reviews app: Again, an app that isn’t going to help you with any type of poisoning or toxicology learning.
You get my point, no legitimate options were available before for dedicated toxicology dosing.
Thankfully the Toxicology Antidote App has changed that. When you search for toxicology, you are greeted with a legitimate, evidence based app, funded by a section grant from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Jennifer Hannum, an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Emergency Department, and a board certified Emergency Medicine toxicologist, was the driver behind this app.
When you open the app, you are greeted with a search function where you can enter the type of overdose suspected, or from the home screen you can even call poison control directly.
When you enter Beta Blocker, you get Glucagon in your search result. You are given specific dosing guidelines along with comments and pearls about the antidote.
Other key sections of the app include the ability to look at all the antidotes for review. This is probably the most useful way to utilize the app since you probably already know the antidote for the toxic ingestion.
The app is most useful for understanding key clinical pearls and dosing guidelines for the antidotes being given. Obviously, you should check the specific dosing yourself to make sure it’s correct when utilizing the app.
One of the great things that Dr. Hannum listed is an extensive reference section within the app.
Disclosure: Dr. Jennifer Hannum is the Editor and the main leader behind this app. She is a colleague at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Emergency Department. I did not receive any compensation or any other benefit for mentioning this app. The app was funded by a section grant by ACEP and is free to download.‘
- Evidence Based guidelines.
- Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the largest medical association for Emergency Medicine Specialists.
- Would like to see more antidotes.
- Ability to add your own antidote guidelines within the app for personal use.
- Pictures of key medications since patients or parents are often confused as to which medication was ingested.
A fantastic app that is a must download, not only for Emergency Medicine physicians, but pediatricians and internists as well.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
User Interface could be refined further
- Multimedia Usage
Would have been nice to include key graphs such as the Rumack-Matthew nomogram
- Real World Applicability
Very applicable to overdose management
- Available for DownloadAndroidiPhone