TechTool Thursday 002

TechTool review of SimMonitor by Med-eSim Apps on iOS

SimMonitor allows simulation teaching without having to drag out mannequins and large monitors.  Using just your iPhone (and with the option to link via Bluetooth with your student’s iPhone) you can provide a resus simulation experience providing ECG readings which you can adjust according to your student’s management

Website: SimulationMonitor - iTunes

Design

  • Unfortunately the design lets this app down.
  • It is not intuitive and requires an explanatory video before you can get started.
  • The design isn’t in keeping with Apple’s UI which is why it’s not as easy to use as most iOS apps.

User Interface



Clinical Content

  • The good news is that the idea and the content are great.  It would be really useful to have this for teaching purposes as there isn’t always time/resources to set up an actual Simulation Monitor.  You can set specific ECG patterns (e.g. VF, VT, 1st degree block) and the student decides what to do, including having the options of CPR and defibrillation.
  • Sats, BP, HR, BSL, temp, RR, ETCO2 and GCS can also be adjusted on the main screen.   Another screen allows you to adjust all the blood results.
  • These functions are all semi-useful but detract from the main event, which is the great function to set and activate ECG patterns.

Cost

  • $2.99 – would be ok if the design was better

Room for Improvement

  • It could use a redesign with the Apple UI guidelines in mind
  • It would be better without some of the superfluous features so it can focus on being an ECG/resus simulator 

Overall

Has great potential but misses the mark due to design problems and screen overload.  The beauty of apple apps is their intuitiveness and simplicity, which SimMonitor doesn’t quite achieve.  SimMonitor in its current state would be much better as a web app.
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  1. says

    Thanks for review Tessa.

    We tried to make the user interface as intuitive as possible… ie to change a clinical parameter: tap it.

    Will have to look at UI for future updates.

    With a little practice (and especially on iPad’s larger display) screen overload doesn’t bother most users.

    Thanks

    Ciaran

  2. Francis McAleavey says

    Have to take issue with some of the comments above. I used the SM app as part of an anaesthetics teaching session last week. While the interface is not Apple-simple, it is very similar to touchscreen theatre monitors in its execution. This adds realism to simulated scenarios.

    As for screen overload, I disagree entirely. A typical anaesthetic monitor displays much more information. My understanding of the apps purpose is not that it is a rhythm recognition trainer, rather it allows simulation of scenarios a bit more in keeping with the complicated problems faced in the management of a critically ill or anaesthetised patient. If recognising barndoor differences in one squiggly line is the height of your teaching goals, go to a library and borrow The ECG Made Easy.

    Maybe it’s not perfect, but £2 for something this detailed, that I can set up in a few minutes on equipment that I routinely carry to work anyway? No brainer.

  3. Jim Ashton says

    I found this App to be quite useful. It took a little bit of getting used to the controls but with a little practice I was running simulations smoothly. I like that the instructor can Make changes immediately depending on the actions of the resus team. I’ve just ordered a cable from eBay so I can use our 60 inch plasma TV!

    I’ve tried SimMon and EKG Trainer but they’re not as good/comprehensive.

    I’d love to try ALSi but can’t afford it! Perhaps you could review it here and compare/contrast… I’m sure you could charm them into giving you a copy!!

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