The UK Resuscitation council have launched an iPhone app that automatically brings that latest guidelines & algorhythms to your iPhone.
Always having the latest guidelines to hand.
News from the Resuscitation Council (UK) including important ERC & AHA updates.
Step by step algorhythms to walk you through the optional treatment sequences.
The guide is set out in two main areas >
Adult & Pediatric:
Adult contains: BLS, Chocking, AED, ALS, In Hospital Resus, Bradycardia, Tachycardia and Anaphylaxis
Pediatric contains: BLS, Chocking, ALS, Newborn and Anaphylaxis
Overall its a great reference tool, with the advantage of updating automatically. Many items have photography to illustrate that item in the sequence. Sections including Hospital and ALS guides have drill down 'check list' buttons to gain further information on an action or assessment. ABCDE, for example, has a page dedicated to each item. The typeface does get small in some cases. A 'Doses' button brings up drug dosages popup for that sequence. Here we would have liked to see a weight / dose calculator in the paediatric section as mental arithmetic or swapping to a calculator app could results in errors.
It's not clear if it would be suitable for use during resuscitation as a prompt. We would like to see timers & alerts added. Audit capture would also be a very useful feature.
Overall this is an excellent free app, care should be taken to ensure that your NHS trust has adopted the latest guidelines before following. Having the ability to walk through the protocols whilst on the move or as revision aid is very welcome to combat skill fade. This tool however is no substitute for ongoing hands on training.
For more information and a link to the app click here.