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Smartphone App for Nurses: Eponyms

Smartphone App for Nurses: Eponyms

What smartphone apps do you use?

Andrew Bowman | Scrubs Magazine

May 25, 2010

Trying to wade through all the techy talk about smartphone apps for nurses? Here’s a quick review of an indispensable application called “Eponyms” by Andrew Yee, MD, that is a must-download for every nurse.

What it is

“Eponyms” is a very comprehensive database of, well, eponyms. Eponyms are names given to disease processes, anatomical structures, clinical findings, etc., that are named after their discoverer or the person in whom the disease was first found. (Personally, I hope to never have a disease called “Bowman’s Disease”! I want to be famous, not infamous.)

“Eponyms” software is available for the iPhone, Palm devices, BlackBerry devices, Windows Mobile and Pocket PC. The database currently has more than 1,600 listings! I have an iPhone and a Palm TX, and the application works flawlessly on both platforms.

When you’ll need it

Let’s say you’re a nurse in a busy ER. The triage nurse has just brought back the umpteenth patient to your care area and says, “The patient tells me she has a history of Naxos disease.” Of course, unless you grew up on the island of Naxos, you likely have no idea what this is or what potential it may have for your patient.

So you pull out your iPhone (or other applicable device), tap on the “Eponyms” application icon, type in “N-A-X-O-S” and quickly discover that Naxos disease is a syndrome that includes arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Within a few seconds you at least have a better understanding of a disease you had never heard of before.

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