Review by contributing author Tech Nick Lee:
Anesthesia Drugs Fast is an app for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad. It is designed as a point-of-care utility for calculating dosages for the most common anesthesia drugs. There is no Android version at this time.
One of the tenets of a well-designed app is simplicity and elegance. This is a single view app with only one control: the weight selection. Unlike other apps where you have to navigate through different screens to get information, everything is presented on one page. Choose the patient’s weight from 1 to 200 kilograms, and this app will immediately give you a dosage range.
The drug categories are induction agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, antiemetics and basic resuscitation medications. It gives you intravenous and intramuscular dosages for some of the medications. By touching the information button you can see the formulas used for the range calculation. With just one selection control and one page view, I found I could determine the proper dose while running down a hallway. It was that easy.
- Probably the easiest to-use app I’ve seen.
- Simple presentation, packed with the most common drugs on a single page.
- Only one selection needed to get drug dosages
- An Android version is lacking
This is a well-designed app for the anesthesia provider. While those new to anesthesia will find it invaluable, seasoned clinicians will find it useful for pediatrics and bariatrics. It is so easy to use you can determine the correct dosage range while running down the hallway to a code.