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New apps make staying healthy easier
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Quicker BP Calculations

Typically, when nurses take a child's blood pressure, they consult a complex set of tables to determine hypertension risk.

The tables require nurses to cross-reference multiple factors—including gender, age, and height—to determine whether a child's blood pressure is normal, pre-hypertensive, or hypertensive. On average, consulting the tables takes up to 10 of the 15 minutes allotted for screening a child.

Pedia BP, a free mobile app developed at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, simplifies and speeds up the process and provides immediate follow-up guidance for children who need monitoring or treatment. The app works on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, making it a valuable tool in remote health care settings. Just as important, it allows nurses to spend less time calculating and more time talking to their young patients. So far, more than 10,000 users have downloaded Pedia BP.

What Shot Is Due Next? 

Can't remember when your child is due for her next DTaP? Want to know the possible side effects of the MMR? Wonder if your child really needs the chickenpox vaccine?

The answers to these questions could be in the palm of your hand with ReadyVax. The mobile app contains up-to-date information about vaccines, including the recommended vaccine schedule, descriptions of the diseases prevented, and answers to questions about vaccine safety. Developed by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health, ReadyVax is available free on iTunes. Messages are tailored for physicians, pharmacists, patients, and parents. With user-friendly navigation and easy-to-understand descriptions, ReadyVax is a reliable resource for learning more about vaccinations and vaccine news—and to consolidate personal vaccine information.    

Elvis Would Be Proud 

The Anatomy of the Male Pelvis is intended to help doctors and medical trainees better treat patients.

Users can navigate through the male pelvic region, including the bony pelvis, pelvic floor, musculature, vessels, and connective tissue, as well as view the pelvis's relationship to surrounding organs such as the bladder and colon.

Structures can be rotated in 3D, made transparent or invisible, and viewed at different magnifications. The app also allows arteries and nerves that traverse the pelvis to be clicked to trigger identifying text.

Created by Emory's Visual Medical Education team with the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique, the free app is intended for surgical trainees, medical professionals, and educators, and can be used from the classroom to the operating room.

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