Mobile Anesthesia Applications as Point-of-Care Tools for CRNAs in Clinical Practice
Background: The practice of anesthesia requires knowledge of procedures, patient conditions, comorbidities, and medications, as well as the ability to continually assess and respond to the patient’s status. The use of mobile anesthesia applications (apps) has become increasingly common among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide immediate access to current information regarding anesthesia administration and to support optimal patient care.
The purpose of this study was to assess the use of mobile anesthesia apps used by CRNAs as point-of-care (POC) tools in their anesthesia practice.
Methodology: We report data collected from a survey designed to sample CRNAs who have been in practice for three years or less (“recent” graduates) and who utilize mobile anesthesia apps. The survey was offered to members of a Facebook group called CRNAs and SRNAs.
Results: A total of 160 CRNAs in practice three years or less completed the survey and reported the ways they currently use a mobile anesthesia app. In this report we quantify the various ways such apps are used and conclude that mobile apps are widely used among student and/or recent graduate CRNAs as point-of-care tools and who believe they improve the safety and efficacy of their anesthesia practice.
Conclusions: The benefits to practice that users report should be encouraging to the developers of mobile health care apps and a motivating factor for more practitioners to utilize them.
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