“How the hell did you get this number?” asked the angry surgeon. To be fair,  no  one  likes  a late night consult, and I was working an overnight shift.  After trying both his pager and office answering service without any luck, I took the next logical step – I Googled him.

According to a large survey earlier this year, three out of every four physicians in the US use their mobile devices at work. Of these, a third claim to make prescribing decisions from their smartphones. Now, these devices’ hi-res imagery and video playback features are being brought to bear in diagnostic imaging, such as bedside ultrasound. App makers have been quick to respond with a range of training and education tools – and one that even performs handheld ultrasound.

While 3D printing has been in existence since the 1980s as a manufacturing tool, the proliferation of new, consumer-facing 3D printers like the MakerBot (MakerBot.com) is spawning a new wave of innovation. How this new technology will impact healthcare in general, and emergency medicine in particular, is anyone's guess. What do you think?

altOn March 5 on a United Airlines flight 30,000 feet in the air, somewhere between New Orleans and Houston, a passenger suddenly began experiencing nausea and felt her heart beating irregularly. The concerned flight attendants sought medical attention right away, polling the other passengers to find one who had clinical experience. Fortunately for them, and for the passenger, there was a cardiologist only a few rows ahead.

altIt’s easy to feel lost in the new world of medical applications. We’re here to help, downloading the apps most relevant to emergency medicine and distilling them down to their essential parts. This month we start with drug reference apps.

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