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Our complete grading criteria is embedded in the review.
Note: Reviewers are not healthcare professionals and don't appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. Reviews are not meant as endorsements.
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Image Source: Pedi STAT, Apple App Store. Retrieved on December 9, 2019 from: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/pedi-stat/id327963391
“Decision support tool for managing critically ill children.
“Pedi-STAT is a rapid reference for RNs, paramedics, physicians and other healthcare professionals caring for pediatric patients in the emergency or critical care environment.”
Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
Nurses, Paramedics, Physicians, and other healthcare professionals caring for pediatric patients in Emergency or Critical Care settings.
Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading
The author’s name and affiliations are provided but but no contact information is available. Individual entries are not dated and there is no mention of how often the entries or the app itself are updated. There is no evident grading system used.
Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries
By looking at the “About Pedi STAT” section of the app we know who compiled the content in the app and a list of references (articles, textbooks, and point-of-care resources like UpToDate and Micromedex) are provided in the “References” section of the app. It is also indicated what each reference is related to (i.e. Airway, Anaphylaxis/Allergic Reaction, Burns, Cardiac Resuscitation, Fluid/Blood Resuscitation, Procedural Sedation, Seizure, Toxicology, and General Information/Drug Dosages/Equipment Sizes).
However, even though references are provided, the authorship and references are not included when viewing each entry individually, so it is easy to miss this information if you don’t know where to find the References page.
Organization of information
The home screen in the app provides 4 options:
This allows you to either select the patient’s age, weight, or length/height. The Broselow option allows you to use the Broselow Tape (or guide) which is a colour-coded tool used in pediatric emergency medicine to determine body weight from body length and provide proper dosing and airway information for children.
The different categories for which information is provided are:
Once the patient characteristics have been selected, then you have to choose from a list of categories.
Then you will be provided with quick and immediate answers and instructions on what should be done for the patient (ex. drug dosages) in an easy-to-read format.
Algorithms are also used when navigating through categories like Tachycardic or Bradycardic Rhythm. Step-by-step instructions are provided as you make each selection.
User Account required: No
Internet connection required for use: No
Text search field: No
Browsable content: Yes
Pop-up advertisements: No
In-app purchases: No
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Requires Apple iOS 10.0 or later. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pedi-stat/id327963391
Last updated (as per App store listing): February 2, 2019
Android tablets and smartphones. Requires Android 4.1 and up. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qxmd.pedistat&hl=en
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): April 6, 2018
2.9 MB (Android); 7.9 MB (iOS)
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