ECG interpretation can be extremely intimidating to those new to medicine. Even seasoned providers can be tripped up on complicated ECG’s of arrhythmias and blocks. Only ABG and PFT interpretation can be as intimidating to the junior physician. Pattern recognition is critical for seasoned providers, but the process can be taught. Many excellent textbooks on ECG interpretation exist including the venerable Dubin’s Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s, Thaler’s Only EKG Book You’ll Ever Need and Brose’s Guide to EKG Interpretation. Additional texts cite in Emergency Medicine include ECGs for the Emergency Physician 1 by Amal Mattu and William Brady, 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation by Tomas Garcia and Neil Holtz, and Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation by Tomas Garcia and Geoffrey Miller.
Over the years, the app stores have exploded with ECG apps and there are now numerous outstanding apps for ECG interpretation. Here on iMedicalApps we previously reviewed the top ECG apps for iOS and Android. We came away most impressed with ECG Guide by QxMD. Both Instant ECG and ECG Guide remain our top two choices for beginners looking for apps to aid in ECG basics. This latest ECG app, ECG Interpretation Cribsheets by AgileMD, contains the famous cribsheets of the late Dr Tom Evans from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). For years these were available for Palm and PocketPC (I had both in the past) and more recently for iOS and Android via the AgileMD app. Now it is available as a standalone app for the first time.
Evidence based medicine
The app consists of the famous cribsheets created by the late Dr Tom Evans at UCSF. The app doesn’t contain any reference per se so we would state the app is expert opinion based. Dr Evans was a beloved educator at UCSF and routinely taught courses on ECG interpretation and provided students the cribsheets. AgileMD has packaged these into a new standalone app. The cribsheets outline his basic interpretation scheme and also contain specific cribsheets for a wide variety of ECGs; from bundle branch blocks to wide QRS complex tachycardias.
Who would benefit from this App?
Any healthcare provider who performs and/or interprets ECGs including students, NP’s, PA’s, EMTs, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Critical Care providers.
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- Concise yet detailed pearls on a multitude of ECG topics.
- Material drawn from a reputable source.
- Available for Android.
- Fewer graphics than expected for an ECG app.
- User interface is difficult to follow.
The ECG Interpretation Cribsheets from AgileMD contains some concise and important information on ECGs. However, the app layout is challenging to follow and the basic interpretation scheme is quite different from how many of us learned to evaluate ECGs. Finally, the app is quite expensive for the content.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
App is not easy to follow and seems to have too many options for pathways to choose and the sequence of interpretation is quite different from other texts and apps.
- Multimedia Usage
App is overly text heavy with far fewer graphics than expected for an ECG interpretation app.
App is $19.99.
- Real World Applicability
ECG Interpretation Cribsheets contains some outstanding pearls for ECG interpretation from a reputable source. However, for those trying to learn ECG interpretation, the app is too difficult to follow with an overly complex organization, and at $19.99 is not a bargain compared to others such as Instant ECG and ECG Guide.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.3.2
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