TechTool Thursday 013

TechTool review of Survive Sepsis by John Richardson on iOS  (reviewed on iPhone)

Survive Sepsis offers guidance for clinicians to recognise and treat sepsis in adult patients quickly and effectively

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  • First off, the app looks great.  I love the colours and the design as a whole.  The bottom tab bar has stylish icons and all text is clearly displayed on screen.  Even the checkboxes seem to have flair.  Good work to whoever did the graphics.
  • The UI, however, has some problems.  I think the aim is for it to be a flowchart of some sort but it doesn’t feel smooth.  Alerts suddenly pop-up and the screen changes jerkily.  That part doesn’t work well for me

User Interface

Survive Sepsis 01

Survive Sepsis 02

Survive Sepsis 03

Clinical Content

  • SIRS criteria – if the patient has two or more of these then the patient has SIRS
  • New Infection criteria – if the patient has sign of a new infection + SIRS then they have sepsis
  • Sepsis 6 – if the above apply then complete the management pathway
  • Other features – the app stores a list of up to 3 patient as the user ticks off the criteria they fulfil

This is excellent information for health professionals to have especially as the one thing always at the back of our minds is not to miss the signs and send home a septic patient.  The Sepsis 6 message is simple and clear which is what I like about Survive Sepsis; but the app has been made unnecessarily complicated.

The extra features of checkboxes and multiple patients have been added unnecessarily.  Are health professionals actually going to tick boxes on their iPhone or should it just be a clear reference guide for us to use while assessing patients?  That’s rhetorical.


  • It’s free

Room for Improvement

  • Merge the ‘Home’ page and ‘Info’.  The ‘Home’ page is just a logo and slogan and doesn’t need its own tab
  • Cut out the checkboxes and storing 3 patients.  A simple flowchart stating the criteria would be excellent and much more useful.
  • Going to ‘More’ and watching the surviving sepsis video gets the user stuck in a YouTube loop and the app has to be closed and restarted to be used again – a fairly major flaw but easily corrected.


Survive Sepsis and the Sepsis 6 is a great message for health professionals.  To offer a free iPhone app to increase awareness would benefit clinical care, but it needs a bit of work to improve its current form.  The developers should keep it simple and stick to the clear aims of their campaign rather than getting bogged down in flourishes.
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