What is in your apps?

As classes wrap up for the semester, and the NREMT draws near for many, students will scour the app stores for preparation and review material.

They’ve got their work cut out for them, having to sort out which apps will be most helpful in their success. One way to do this is to look at the “version history” on your app store, and take note of when apps have been most recently updated. This is important. Not only are tweaks occasionally necessary to deliver the best technology and user experience, you also need the most up-to-date science and guidelines.

In the past two years, we’ve seen changes to the American Heart Association CPR guidelines, revised the way we assess and manage trauma patients with possible spinal injuries, and added naloxone for opiate overdose into the toolbox of most EMTs. If the version history shows that the app hasn’t been updated since these changes you’ll know that the material isn’t up-to-date.

Here is the version history from out EMT Review Plus and a competing EMT app. You’ll see that we take our responsibility to keep our apps up-to-date quite seriously. Not so much for the competition.

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Every year we see an increase in students using apps to help them prep and study for their NREMT exams. In an informal survey of students and educators, we found that students purchase between 2 and 5 products for NREMT review. But not all are created equal.

What’s in your apps?