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Best EMS Apps for Android

written by: Steve McFarlane•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 4/13/2011

These EMS Android apps make it easy for physicians, paramedics and nurses to check ACLS drug doses, interpret EKGs readings, and even look up medications and procedures to properly treat patients.

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    Having an EMS application on your mobile is a convenient way for emergency care personnel to keep critical emergency care information at their fingertips to deal with challenging cases or simply to have a medical resource guide on hand as a reference.

    While it is best to know, from memory, what procedures and drugs to give when dealing with emergency cases, having a good reference guide can be invaluable for dealing with a particular rare or difficult case. Here are some of the best EMS Android apps.

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    EMS ALS Field Guide ($7.99)

    EMS ALS Field Guide 

    This is the electronic version the field guide that all EMS personnel should have. Because it is digitized it’s possible to easily search for a specific piece of information or navigate the entire guide to remind yourself of EMS procedures, algorithms, diagnosis etc. This EMS field guide has a wealth of information that includes:

    • - Emergency & ACLS Drugs
    • - IV Drips, Drug Infusions, Dosages
    • - Poisons & Overdose / “Rave" Drugs
    • - Current ACLS Algorithms
    • - 12-Lead EKG Section & Acute MI
    • - Airway Management / RSI
    • - Top Prescription Drugs
    • - Medical Emergencies Section
    • - Fibrinolytics for AMI & Stroke / CVA
    • - Childbirth, Diabetic, Respiratory Distress
    • - Pediatric Resuscitation, Drug Doses, Vitals
    • - Trauma, Triage, MCI, Glasgow Coma Scales
    • - Pulse Oximetry, Infectious Diseases
    • - Quick EMS Spanish Translations
    • - Lab Values, Metrics, Notes
    • - Interactive calculators

    [Download Link]

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    Epocrates (free)


    This app is one of the most popular apps for paramedics and EMS personnel because of its tremendously resourceful and reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic reference guide. Epocrates is a free drug reference application but there are premium offerings that include many additional features. Nevertheless the app is a really good drug reference that includes the recommended doses, expected adverse reactions and recommendations for the drugs that are often used by EMS personnel.

    [Download Link]

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    Nursing Essentials ($7.99)

    Nursing Essentials 

    Though this app is targeted at nurses it nonetheless includes essential information that can be useful to those who give emergency care. The list of features and medical conditions that are included in this app is too much to include in this roundup of Android EMS apps but some of its best resources include:

    • Pain Assessment
    • Acid-Base Imbalances
    • Complete Neurological Assessment
    • Pediatric Drug Dosages
    • Geriatric & Cultural Considerations
    • Organ Donation Considerations
    • Burn and Dermatome Charts
    • Abbreviations
    • Metric Conversions
    • Immunizations
    • Restraint and Back Safety
    • Tips For Workload / Report Organization

    [Download Link]

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    Emergency & Critical Care ($7.99)

    Emergency & Critical Care 

    This app comes from a company that has been publishing emergency care field guides since 1986. The app is not only a drug and diagnosis guide but includes information on popular EMS related machines such as the Combitube, LMA, and King LT™ Airway devices. It also includes a complete list of emergency & ACLS drugs, extensive prescription drug list, Rapid 12-Lead EKG interpretation page, lab values, and a list of abbreviations. Other features include:

    • Current ACLS Algorithms
    • Emergency & ACLS Drugs
    • 12-Lead EKG Section & Acute MI
    • Basic EKG Rhythms
    • Laryngeal Mask Airway / RSI
    • Basic Chest X-Ray Interpretation
    • Fibrinolytic Screen for AMI & Stroke
    • Ischemic Stroke Management / Neuro
    • Pediatric Resuscitation, Drug Doses, Vitals
    • End-Tidal CO2 / Capnography / Ventilator Guidelines
    • Trauma & Glasgow Coma Scales
    • Common Medical Emergencies
    • Burn Charts, the “Rule of 9s"
    • Pulse Oximetry, IV Drip Rates
    • Quick EMS Spanish Translations
    • Lab Values, Metrics, and Notes Pages

    [Download Link]

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    EMS Notes ($4.99)

    EMS Notes 

    This app was primarily developed to make it easy for EMS and paramedics to record the particulars of a case, including the drugs that were given, and dispatch and arrival times. The app makes it easy to record relevant information by including handy features such as a respiration timer, contraction tracker, drip calculator for certain drugs, and a list of drug and their doses that are commonly given by EMS personnel.

    [Download Link]

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