iDevice Diagnostics

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iDevice Diagnostics

Post by KMAC179 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:23 pm

Hey guys.

While I was abroad on my last assignment, I noticed that I had a metric ton of diagnostic tools that took up a bunch of room in my primary bag.

I started thinking about alternatives, like a multitool, the more devices in one, the better, then I looked at my iPhone, and thought about how I could use it to its fullest potential.

Right now, I can use an iPad, iPod Touch, or my iPhone 5 with an otterbox (or your favorite flavor of rugged cases) and have:

Practically unlimited medical reference material
Differential Diagnosis
Drug indexes
Dosage calculators

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a pulseox
2-lead ECG (better than nothing, and this tech will rapidly evolve)
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and soon to be a ton of other stuff, it is certainly intriguing for us remote/unconventional guys.
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Re: iDevice Diagnostics

Post by DrJack » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:59 am

The glucometer, sphygmomanometer, and Pulse Ox seem smart in an EMS bag. The EKG I just doubt is reliable enough to use, and without paddles to shock, kind of pointless.

However the devices are about the size, and more expensive than the actual devices.

I fully support drug reference guides and such on PDA devices, and use them frequently. But the rest of it just seems.... gimicky?

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Re: iDevice Diagnostics

Post by medic photog » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:19 pm

I've been running EPOCRATES on a smart phone or PDA for ever. Works well for a PDR in the street and thee are a lot of free calculators that may or may not be what you'r looking for. I tried several other field guides but most had no way of being updated as things changed. Right now in PA you can download a bunch of EMS protocols and if you're in the Pittsburgh area you can even get downloads for getting aeromedical responses.

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Re: iDevice Diagnostics

Post by greenbeetle » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:14 pm

those are pretty cool aps! I wonder how well that ultrasound works...

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