TechTool review of Pediatric Oncall by Glassenberg on iOS and Android
Pediatric Oncall is a mobile app produced by the website and it aims to encompass everything you might every want for paediatrics (or pediatrics). It contains calculators, drug dosing, MCQs, video podcasts, poisons information, an image gallery and more. You can even email your question to an expert.
Design and User Interface
- The app is aesthetically very lovely indeed. There are great customised icons and it looks colourful and original. There is nothing I don’t like about the look of it.
- The user interface works well. I did find it a bit slow to load screens at times but not prohibitively so.
- The app didn’t crash for me at all and all buttons did what I expected of them.
You could not possibly complain about lack of content.
The medical calculators are the best bit for me: everything from mid-parental height to sodium deficit in hyponatraemia. You can even use their ‘find your blood group’ calculator to work out if you dad is actually who he thinks he is.
The teaching resources are also plentiful. There are 9 sets of MCQ quizzes that scores your progress; the teaching files go through specific cases and questions; and the video podcasts contains seminars and lecture series on a range of topics (although the recordings are of variable quality).
As more random additions there are a few bonus features. You can use the vaccine reminder in case you forget when your own children (or your patients?) are due for their immunisations. And you can e-mail a panel of health professionals your specific query.
- Free – and so much info there. Excellent
Room for Improvement
A few of the function just don’t seem to work
- The image gallery shows one tiny micro-picture that I can’t zoom in on. And then I can’t progress to any other images.
- The ‘diagnostic aid’ section only works with more than one keyword. So ‘jaundice’ will produce an error, but ‘jaundice, hepatitis’ will give some differentials. It would be handy to be able enter one symptom.
- The back button stops working before you reach the home page (pedantic, but annoying)
It’s free and has lots of useful functionality. Some parts are superfluous and others don’t really work. But, on the whole, it really is an essential addition to your app collection and will be a great source of help when dealing with paediatric patients