TechTool review of drawMD – Anesthesia & Critical Care by UrologyMatch on iPad
drawMD is a beautiful app for the iPad that allows you to explain procedures and illnesses to your patients by using customised diagramatic visual aids. The app provides templates for anatomical explanations and you can customise these by adding extra stamps or your own drawings.
- The app has 11 basic background pictures to get you started and any details can be added on top of this. These include: arm, chest, spine, heart and abdomen.
- To illustrate an example (see the images below) you can start with the chest background (image 1) to explain insertion of a chest tube for a pneumothorax. The app has several ‘stamps’, which are pre-designed useful drawings that lay on top of the basic picture of a torso. The right sided pneumothorax (image 2) can be used to explain what the lungs look like and then the chest tube (image 3) can be added to show the purpose of the procedure. You can also add your own notes and text (image 4).
- The drawings can be saved for use again or emailed to the patient.
- There are many EM/CC procedures that have stamps including epidurals; central lines; intubation; and LMA
- There are also 11 additional specialty apps
Design and User Interface
The graphics are great. There are clear diagrams and realistic illustrations of interventions and anatomy. The navigation is simple and easy to use. There is a good page of instructions on how to use the app, but really it is self-explanatory.
The app worked well although I had a few issues with customising the diagrams. Adding my own notations on top of their stamps seemed to confuse the app and caused the stamps to jump around the screen. There may well be a way to select only your current drawing as ‘active’ but I couldn’t work it out.
Room for Improvement
- Some of the touch gestures were a bit tricky. Overlapping your own drawing on top of the stamps kept causing some annoying problems with object selection
A fabulous, free app that will help with patient communication and understanding of procedures and disease process