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Obstetric Anesthesia App: Development of a Mobile App for Obstetrical Anesthesia Education
Abstract Number: T-68
Abstract Type: Case Report/Case Series
INTRODUCTION: The obstetrical anesthesia rotation is a unique experience in anesthetic care. There are special considerations for complications, physiology, anatomy and pharmacological agents. Furthermore, anesthesiologists care for both the mother and fetus at once. Among residents, these considerations are commonly addressed by independent study, or by consulting senior providers and reference materials. Independent study is a staple in resident learning, however learners may have difficulty prioritizing learning topics prior to gaining experience first. Consulting more experienced clinicians provides useful and targeted information, but these providers are not always immediately available. References such as review books and notes may be difficult to organize and carry at all times. Mobile applications can hold virtually limitless capacity of clinically relevant information, without increasing bulk or otherwise being difficult to carry. We sought to develop a mobile application to serve as a reference for anesthesia trainees.
We developed a cross-platform application for use by trainees. Clinicians may easily update the application using software we created for administration of the app. This allows changes without needing to know the details of the underlying implementation. Storing content on Google Firebase allows for immediate propagation of updates to all devices. This foregoes delays with acquiring app-store approval for future updates, as content is dynamically downloaded from highly-available servers without requiring upgrades. All content updates are reflected in the app in real-time.
Mobile applications can be viable teaching tools for residents. With realtime databases content can be changed quickly, keeping it up-to-date and allowing for quick correction of errata. With the ubiquity of mobile phones among residents, mobile applications are still underutilized and provide an oppurtunity to improve resident education.