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Doc Approved: A Reliable App Tool Almost as Indispensable as a Stethoscope

Mohseni, Alex MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000421873.44667.c7
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Dr. Mohseni is an emergency physician in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the counsel to the president for innovation and technology of Emergency Medicine Associates. He is the editor of his own blog, Creative Health Labs. (See FastLinks.)





If you're like me and want your life to be simpler, you dream of having an emergency medicine app that does it all. The worst time to be seen scrolling through your many apps, trying to find a simple answer, is in the middle of a busy shift. Patients think you are checking your text messages.

PEPID, available on iOS, Android, and the web, offers an emergency medicine suite that aims to be your go-to tool for all your emergency medicine reference needs. I have been using PEPID since my residency days, finding it much more useful than Epocrates.

PEPID's drug database is comprehensive and easy to use. It allows you to calculate pediatric doses easily: just plug in the child's weight, and Pepid computes doses. Change the concentration desired, and Pepid automatically recalculates the volume to administer.

Pepid also boasts a comprehensive emergency medicine topic database, with concise pathophysiology, diagnostics, exam findings, treatment guidelines, and admission criteria.

The built-in drug interaction calculator and allergy checkers are indispensable patient safety tools I use on almost every shift. It also has a pill identifier, extensive anatomy and procedural illustrations, and an index of every medical calculation you might ever need.

But just as important as having lots of features is the ability to find what you are looking for quickly. Pepid has a powerful all-encompassing home index and search feature that searches as you type, quickly finding your topic or drug in just a few taps.

Certainly, Pepid has room for improvement: the LMP calculator is painful, and the illustrations could be better. Pepid is not cheap: $264.95 for a one-year subscription. It's a fair price to pay for a comprehensive, reliable tool, however, that you'll use almost as often as your stethoscope.

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