Childbirth is typically one of the most memorable and emotional moments in the lives of any parent and providers who perform full scope obstetrics. Luckily, in 90% of cases, infants tolerate the entire process of labor and delivery without issue. However, up to 10% of infants will require intervention by medical providers and approximately 1% will require extensive neonatal resuscitation (NRP). In 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in conjunction with the American Heart Association (AHA) released the latest update to NRP. This spring the AAP released the 7th edition of their NRP course and last month a companion app.

We have reviewed several of the AAP apps here on iMedicalApps and found them decidedly mixed in quality and price. Their new NRP app combines the easy to follow NRP algorithm with a copy of the full AAP/AHA guideline and videos highlighting the critical steps of NRP. Most importantly, this version of the medical app is a true app and not a web app like the previous version.

Let’s take a look at the AAP NRP app via a patient scenario. You are called to the delivery of a 23 year old G2P1001 at 41 0/7 weeks gestation, GBS negative, serology negative, no meconium who upon delivery after nearly 3 hours of pushing is noted to be apneic, pale and floppy. You begin NRP on this infant.

Video Review

Evidence based medicine

AAP NRP incorporates the most current version of the AAP/AHA NRP guidelines. The app contains a PDF version of the guideline viewable within the app as well as an easy to follow algorithm and videos of critical resuscitation steps.

What providers would benefit from this App?

Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Neonatologists and mother baby unit/NICU providers.

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  • Price
    • Free
    • Contains most current version of the NRP guidelines.
    • Helpful videos viewable offline.
    • Easy to follow NRP algorithm included.
  • Dislikes
    • Quality of images could be improved, especially for algorithm.
    • Utility of Facebook posts questionable since cannot post from within app.
    • Doesn’t contain easy to locate or calculate medication doses for resuscitation.
  • Overall

    The new AAP/AHA NRP medical app is a nice update to the previous “web-app”. This version contains the most current 2015/2016 NRP guideline with helpful videos and a copy of the entire PDF of the updated guideline document. Best of all, this is a true medical app that works online as well as offline. Anyone who is an NRP provider/instructor should have this app.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Nothing fancy, but works well and easy to navigate.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Contains several high quality videos that work offline.

  • Price

    App is free!

  • Real World Applicability

    An app that could be used during NRP courses and for brushing up prior to deliveries to ensure providers and instructors are performing NRP to the current AAP/AHA standards.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.2

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