The Doctor's Bag goes digital


The Australian Prescriber journal and NPS MedicineWise have launched a free app providing recommended doses for PBS emergency drug supplies as well as an emergency guide to the management of anaphylaxis.

The Doctor's Bag app provides recommended doses for drugs in the PBS Prescriber Bag, including adrenaline doses for anaphylaxis and calculators for weight-based dosing in children.

It also includes an anaphylaxis management module based on Australian Prescriber's Anaphylaxis: emergency management for health professionals wall chart.

According to Australian Prescriber, the idea for the app grew from the Doctor's Bag card it first published in 1996 as a quick reference to use in emergencies. It has also published the anaphylaxis wall chart since 1994, which is still available in hard copy.

After the emergency drug doses list was updated in 2012, Australian Prescriber said a number of readers asked for a mobile app to replace the older dose card format.

The app was designed and developed by Australian Prescriber and NPS MedicineWise in conjunction with Canberra-based app development firm Imagine Team.

It is available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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