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Smartphone technology and the transport of the emergency neurosurgical patient
  1. Martina Melvin,
  2. Fiona Kiernan
  1. Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martina Melvin, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; melvin31{at}live.co.uk

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The safe management of the emergency neurosurgical patient prior to and during transfer to a neurosurgical hospital is vital. We developed the smartphone application (app) ‘NeuroT’, as a patient safety enhancement tool to aid in the reduction of secondary brain injury, by providing clear and concise information to the transferring anaesthetist. The main causes of secondary brain injury are raised intracranial pressure, hypotension, hypoxia, hypercarbia and high fever. ‘NeuroT’ provides accessible guidelines via smartphones to help anaesthetists manage these issues during patient transfer.

Mobile phones with smartphone technology are commonplace among doctors. This has led to the development of numerous medical software apps, to assist doctors in their daily work. These apps provide increased access to clinical tools, which have been shown to support better clinical decision-making.1 2 Smartphone technology allows fast access to information at the point of care.

In January 2011, Apple created the ‘Apps for Healthcare Professionals’ section within the medical category of the iTunes App Store. In 2013, it further divided it into subcategories such as medical education, patient monitoring, imaging, and so on.3 This has opened up the door to numerous helpful apps that …

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  • Contributors MM: conception/design of the project, data collection, data analysis, app development, drafting the article. FK: conception/design of the project, critical revision and appraisal of the app, the survey and the article.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Beaumont Hospital Clinical Audit Department

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Author note The total number of downloads of the app is increasing daily, so at the time of writing the article, the number of downloads is going up. In order to know the number of downloads each day, the app developer MM has access to this information via her account with iGenApps.

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