I’m a big fan of paper. I love the way it feels, smells, and sounds. I’m such a fan I once considered opening up my own paper company sort of like Michael Scott, but there are some definite drawbacks to paper. The slightest amount of moisture can render it unusable, your limited to one time use, the more information you need the bulkier it becomes and the fact you need to kill trees to make it are all significant drawbacks.
Thankfully we are able to help save the environment by cutting down on the amount of paper we need by digitizing information. While this is appealing, it’s how we digitize the information that really matters. In the case of digitizing ALS reference guides for use in the field, Informed Publishing’s EMS ACLS Guide app is second to none.
One of the habits I got into with my original paper guides was to make my own notes in them. I don’t think this was an uncommon practice because the guides actually had some pages in them for note taking. Some people may be surprised to learn that this note taking functionality is NOT lost using the EMS ACLS Guide App! You can add notes into any section by simply pressing the MENU button on your phone. This gives you instant access to in app Search, Add Bookmarks, and Note functions as well as shortcuts to the interactive Calculators, your already saved Bookmarks, and the Common Drugs listing.
One of the best features of the app are the included dynamic interactive calculators replacing charts formerly found in the paper guide version. The app features integrated calculators for:
- APGAR Scale Calculator
- Conversion Calculator for temperature, weight, length, and volume
- Glasgow Coma Scale
- Parkland Burn Formula Infant
- Parkland Burn Formula Adult
- Pediatric Defibrillation
- Pediatric ET Tube
- Pediatric Medications
- Pediatric Trauma Score
- Pediatric Vitals
Whether you use it as a dynamic guide during the call or for refresher purposes before and after an assignment during downtime, the EMS ACLS App translates the information from the paper guides of old into a new easy to use digital form and provides the added value of simple interactivity.