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ACLS apps for iPhone

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. Certification is a requirement for medical students as well as other health care providers like paramedics, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

A new review at imedicalapps.com looks at the ACLS Review App, a quiz app designed by a by Limmer Creative, a company founded by a paramedic and EMS veteran. Highlights:

The ACLS Review App by Limmer Creative offers high-quality quizzes based on the current AHA guidelines for the review of ACLS algorithms, representing a valuable resource for healthcare professionals ÔÇôincluding paramedics, medical students, physicians, and nursesÔÇô looking to master and/or acquire certification in ACLS.

Once certified, this app also represents a great refresher, but we also recommend users complement this app with iResus for assistance when practicing or executing ACLS algorithms.

iResus is an ACLS app developed by the European Resuscitation Council. A randomized controlled trial published in the journal Anesthaesia reported improved physician performance in patient simulations when using this app. The full iMedicalapps review of iResus is available here. iResus is described as a “must have” for quick access to resuscitation guidelines. Bottom line:

While definitely not a replacement for proper ACLS training and certification, we highly recommend downloading the app and familiarizing oneself with it for potential use in such situations.

It’s free, so why not download yourself and see?

ACLS iPhone Apps mentioned in this article
ACLS Review App from Limmer Creative – $3.99 on iTunes
iResus from Resuscitation Council (UK) – free on iTunes