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Old 02-27-2013, 23:58   #1
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Smartphone apps for BLS

What's worth the money? I'm finishing orientation this month for both my Volunteer FD as well as a private ambulance company. We talked about smartphone applications today during lunch, but our instructor knows they're a great tool but wasn't able to recommend them on account of being old school and just knowing stuff by memory.

I don't want to waste money on a crap program, but would spend some money for a good one.

Mainly I'm thinking meds, something that has both trade names and generic for when a Pt gives me a shoebox of pill bottles and says, "Doc tells me to take these."
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Old 02-28-2013, 00:27   #2
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I don't know of how much use it would be to be honest. The military combat medical manuals are free and available for all the smartphones. What is really lacking is a decent ICE app.
Meds, conditions, drugs, contacts medical devices ( pacemaker and battery date inserted) allergies etc.

Maybe a page or tab for basic CPR rates (infant , child adult)
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:48   #3
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I only do free apps but here is what I have had or currently use:

Epocrates is a must have. Great for looking up drugs.
Notepad: Great for premise histories like gate codes or violent patients.

I've also had apps for contraction timer and a pregnancy wheel.

You can be surprised what you can find for free apps. It's only a matter of sorting through them to find ones that work for you.
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Old 02-28-2013, 19:39   #4
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For EMS:
Informed apps - BLS is good, you can also get the ALS ones too
Glasgow Coma Scale

Another useful one is Metric Converter

I also always recommend 911 toolkit for FD & EMS personnel. Its a great app too for everything including HazMat, EMS, quizzes, hydraulics, and water delivery.
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Old 02-28-2013, 20:13   #5
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