We all know that the newest iPhones can do pretty incredible things. From finding you a house to buy, calculating your mortgage, paying bills, playing games, socializing, you name it, can do a lot.
But what amazes me is how much cool stuff you can use it for in the medical field. There’s an app for almost anything medical you need. I routinely use my phone for the following:
1). Calculating medicine dosages based on weight – it’s integrated right into the apps on drug information.
2). Checking for drug-drug interactions with the tap of a finger.
3). Calculating things such as the stroke score, the GCS, corrected sodium, and others.
4). Checking the visual acuity with an eye chart app.
5). Texting consultants images of EKGs, x-rays, rashes and other things to get a nearly instant answer on the question.
6). Using the flashlight app to check for pupillary response when patients are in rooms that do not have a functioning light ( not very uncommon sad to say).
7). Entertaining upset pediatric patients with pictures of my kids and other things on my phone.
8). Doing a quick check on the treatment options for various conditions I’m not so familiar with.
9). Doing a quick Google image search for various pathology and then comparing it to what I’m looking at in real time.
10). Finding nearby 24-hour pharmacy locations to give to patients
11). Showing patients pictures and instructions on how to do things such as the Epley Maneuver.
12). Calculate in the EDC for my patients last menstrual period on the OB wheel app.
Anyone have any other clever things that they do with their iPhone during a shift?