As a military family physician, I am always interested in the best emergency medicine app, since we can be deployed with short notice to austere environments and be expected to perform emergency combat care. I have previously reviewed a number of apps for peds emergencies including Pedi STAT, PalmPedi, BluCard, Pedi Crisis, Pediatric Emergencies, and the recently updated NRP app. We have reviewed a number of adult emergency apps including ERRes, and you can find our top 10 list here.
The latest edition of the “do-it-yourself” textbook/app is REBEL EM. This app is part of the much larger REBEL “universe” that includes a website with a popular blog, podcast, medical conference, and even swag!
The REBEL EM app from AgileMD is an outstanding addition to the app store, now as a dedicated app outside of the AgileMD shell. It is free, easy to use, and contains high-yield charts on a wide variety of EM topics. It is best used for board review and/or retracing a medical topic while at work. Although not as comprehensive or evidence-based as a dedicated reference such as Dynamed Plus or UpToDate, REBEL EM can be a part of a wider set of resources when combined with their popular blog and podcast.
- Easy-to-navigate interface with well-defined categories
- Ability to share topics with others from within the app
- Available for Android
- References only for some topics and some are out of date
- Only contains information on a limited number of EM topics
- Limited multimedia capabilities — no bookmarks, no links to blog or podcast
- Some tables challenging to read on mobile device
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This article originally appeared on iMedicalApps.com.