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Doc APProvED: PalmEM: Great Info and Hidden Gems but in Need of a More Robust Search

Mohseni, Alex MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000424142.19889.72
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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.)





The relentless search for an emergency medicine app that does it all will inevitably lead to palmEM by palmER, an iOS and Android app available for $9.99. The app has five screens of content: Category, Pedi Tape, Meds, CDR, and A-Z.

The Category section has focused relevant information on many common emergency medicine issues. The dermatology category contains pertinent information on bites, burns, common dermatology problems, topical steroids, and approach to unknown rash. This last category includes well organized differential diagnoses based on rash characteristics.

The Pedi Tape section is a Broselow-style color-coded weight-based medication dosing and equipment recommendation list. But James Broselow, MD, in his Artemis application, improves on the original design by also indicating the most common concentrations of each drug, and provides immediate conversion to volumes to prevent wasted time and potential mathematical mistakes.

Meds is organized by category, but some important categories, such as antibiotics, are missing. The Meds section has no “search all” option, so you can only find a medicine by category not name.

The app also lists clinical decision rules, but some of the rules are listed by their unfamiliar names, not by disease entity. If you don't know that the Centor criteria are for pharyngitis, you'd have difficulty finding the right rule.

PalmEM also has an A-Z search, but clicking on that gives a list of categories listed A through Z, not individual items. A search for dopamine, for example, comes up empty.

PalmEM has lots of great information and some hidden gems like great ultrasound images, but it would benefit from a robust universal search. It's a great quick reference for the price, but if you're looking for a complete solution, I still recommend PEPID.

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