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Doc Approved: Metallic Taste? Scombroid Poisoning or Carotid Dissection?

Mohseni, Alex MD

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doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000425852.89389.54

    Do you remember which superficial vein thrombosis needs anticoagulation? Do you know the three different morphological patterns of Brugada syndrome? Or that the patient complaining of a new metallic taste could be having a carotid dissection? Do you recall that anal chancres from syphilis are painful while their penile cohorts are not?

    If the answers don't immediately come to mind, I recommend that you check out the Quick Essentials Emergency Medicine app by Deep Pocket Series, available for $16.99 on iTunes. Designed as a handy one-minute reference, it is packed with a massive amount of concise and practical information, valuable during your shift or while studying for the boards.

    Quick Essentials organizes its data in a way that mimics how I like to study: information is grouped in a concise, abbreviated fashion so everything is visible at once. All the different food poisoning “restaurant syndromes,” for instance, are grouped in one easy-to-review table along with distinguishing features. By the way, snapper can cause ciguatera while mahi-mahi is linked to scombroid poisoning.

    The app struggles in its user interface. It is essentially all 222 pages of the book in sequence, and it allows users to jump to another section by choosing a different category. It has an index in the last few pages but no universal search. A resuscitation guide at the very end was important enough to include but apparently not important enough to link to in the categories.

    Overall, the app is a winner, and will be even more so if user interface enhancements are added.

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