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October 2018

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RCH ED nurse practitioners and app developers (back row) Kristie Shaw, Simon O’Grady, David Beckerman, Terry Carroll, Nick Hagger, (front) Melanie Turner, Joanna Pleban, Anna Carison, Dianne Crellin, Michelle McCarthy, Trish Holliday, Jayne Hughan, Ann Tyrrell and Mel Buckmaster.

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ED nurse practitioner app tops global medical charts

Royal Children’s Hospital nurses have taken the app world by storm with a guide to managing children in emergency departments that shot to the top of the global medical app charts in its first few days.

The Emergency Nurse Practitioner app provides assessment tips and general information for health workers and those with little experience with paediatric patients.

‘We wanted to establish something for others to tap into when they need information on how to evaluate a child who might have abdominal pain or read up on red flags in facial swelling,’ said nurse practitioner Melanie Turner.

‘We wanted to make information accessible at a click of a button.’

Fourteen emergency nurse practitioners at the RCH identified a gap in the market for such a guide after multiple pocket-sized booklets were commissioned and distributed almost 10 years ago.

They worked with graphic designers and the web team from the RCH creative studio to create an app to complement the suite of RCH apps already used by the public.

It is also aimed at regional and rural nurse practitioners and junior medical staff.

With conditions to choose from – such as burns, eczema care, and cranial nerve assessment – the app also provides a section on resuscitation tools and quick links to external information pages.

The app will continue to be updated with more information.

‘We are so proud to see over a year’s worth of work come to fruition and have already seen the app being used within the hospital and worldwide.’ Ms Turner said.

The app is available on both iPhone and Android app stores and was funded by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and CasKids Auxiliary.