by PATRICK GARCIA, M.D.
Cost: Free, three-day trial;
Review: Pedi-Anesth is a companion app developed primarily for those practicing pediatric anesthesiology. The app was developed in part by Dr. Jerrold Lerman, one of the authors of the well-renowned pediatric anesthesiology textbook A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children by Charles J. Coté, Jerrold Lerman and Brian Anderson. Originally released for the Android platform, the iOS version is a port of the Android version. Like many pediatric apps, there is a thorough list of medications for weight-based dosing, organized by medication class. In addition, the app has numerous other informative sections dealing with airway equipment sizing, diagrams for congenital heart defects, difficult airway algorithms, etc.
The app comes as a trialware; users have a three-day period to access the full version of the app. After the trial period, the app will prompt you to purchase either the Lite version or the Pro version. The Lite version comes with just the reference card, which provides the weight-based
dose and formulas. The Pro version includes the reference card and offers the convenience of calculating the actual dose by inputting the patient’s weight. The comprehensive content in this app, with its straightforward presentation, is unmatched compared to other pediatric anesthesia apps.
The sections and categories are also organized well with appropriate color schemes for better visual clarity and recognition. Other pediatric anesthesia apps are very bland in their presentation. The app has a license for use of the material from the actual textbook A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children. Both the Lite and Pro versions are of great value at their price points. I did have a couple of gripes while using the app, mainly concerning the user experience. The weight selection is very unintuitive: a rotary phone layout for the numbers is confusing in this day and age — unfamiliar and unnecessary. Additionally, the transition from one section to another seemed a little more sluggish than most medical apps. The user
experience is not a deal breaker, however; rather, it’s something that can easily be improved by switching to a numeric keypad from the rotary setup as well as hastening the transition speed, which I hope could be implemented in the next update.
Bottom Line: Pedi-Anesth is a comprehensive app for pediatric anesthesiology providers and makes for an excellent reference. Pedi-Anesth can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store as well as the Android Google Play Store.
Patrick Garcia, M.D., is a CA2 resident at SUNY Downstate.
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