AACN Essentials of Critical-Care Nursing Pocket Handbook Medical App Review (iOS, $34.99)

  • Category: Medical
  • Publisher: USBMIS, Inc
  • Updated: Dec, 11 2010
  • Version:
  • Size: 28.18 MB

Languages: English

Seller: USBMIS, Inc.

* Runs in full resolution on iPhone 5
* Compatible with iOS 6
* Various minor bug fixes and stability improvements

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
3 Ratings
All Versions:
15 Ratings


*** The app has recently received a significant update with numerous improvements. Please check it out and give us a review! ***

Essential Data Critical Care Nurses Must Know

Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, this go-anywhere handbook features tables and figures that encapsulate all the information required to give safe and effective care to critically ill patients.

Contents include:
• Critical Care Drug Tables
• Normal Values for Laboratory Tests and Physiologic Parameters
• Lists of Assessment Components
• Cardiac Rhythms: ECG Characteristics and Treatment Guides, Including Sample Rhythm Strips
• 12-Lead ECG Changes in Acute Myocardial Ischemia and Infarct
• Troubleshooting Guide for Hemodynamic Monitoring Equipment
• Indications for Mechanical Ventilation
• Weaning Assessment Tool
• ACLS Algorithms.

Biographical note

Marianne Chulay, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is a critical care nursing/clinical research consultant in Chapel Hill, NC.

Suzanne Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, is a Professor of Nursing, an Advanced Practice Nurse 2 in the MICU, and the Director of the Professional Nursing Staff Organization's Clinical Research Program at the University of Virginia Health Systems in Charlottesville Virginia.

Customer Reviews

  • too much critical info for me

    by TrimomRN

    This is really for ICU nurses. I bought it as a critical care nurse on a telemetry floor but most info is geared toward ICU

  • Waste of money: day time robbery

    by Lordquipp

    Just tables and graphs and data that is disorganized and does not make any sense. Can't even know where to use this information,,, but why do people steal from customers like this?

  • Disappointing

    by CV-ICURN

    A disappointing collection of table data. The content is disjointed and lacks rationales. This information has the potential to be dynamic on the iPad, and yet it reads like a bad fortune cookie. I had high hopes... especially with the >$30.00 price. OUCH!

  • AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing

    by CA ICU RN

    Very limited information.

  • Over-priced

    by Melanieclaire57

    Definitely not worth more than $2 bucks. I should have trusted the prior reviewer who said it was not worth it. Don't bother with this one. Try AACN2go instead. A great free ap

  • Not Worth It

    by Dayvie Bone

    Some good information but definitely not worth $35. Save your money!


    by KT sunshine

    Please DO NOT buy this. I cannot believe I wasted my money on this app. I truly feel duped and can't believe the AACN name is associated with this. I've paid under $5 for better apps than this and, YES, I'm saying this after downloading the update.

  • Poor Quality

    by KJ4MXE

    As others have stated the app is basically useless in it's current format. The charts are too small and looking for information is a pain. I bought this as a reference to use in my unit but it is difficult at best to use.

  • Seriously? AACN should be ashamed for endorsing this app

    by Carleen Cantu

    Wow can't believe I wasted $35 on this app. What u get is similar to a few flash cards on the main topics that are too tiny to read without clicking on full view and then enlarging. When u see 5.2 5.4 in the sample images those are not chapter categories. It's less than half a page of info or just an image. What u get is very little basic info. No rationals, no nursing interventions. I bought this for the respiratory section to better understand my vented pts when I don't have time to find a reference book. I ended up with about 6 xrays, a brief algorithm and a poor explanation of acid base numbers. I was so duped into spending $35 on this. The only people who purchase this are doing so to be more knowledgable and provide the best care for their critically ill pt. Spend $29 on Kathy White's Fast Facts instead. Shame on the AACN for endorsing this. I WANT MY MONEY BACK FOR THIS USELESS CRAP.

  • Do not buy

    by Wentarmy1

    All this is are PDF files loaded up to a screen you can not see and is difficult to read. There are no calculators, only how to calculate. Do NOT pay for this!

  • Wasted Money

    by jmsiv28

    I just wasted 35 dollars on this app. The tables are 100% useless. You can't read them without going into "fullscreen" and then you have to slide the screen back and forth. Heck, you can't even tell which table you are gonna click into to view until you do, and chances are, that's not even the one you need. As a CCRN and CEN and AACN member, I expected more from an AACN endorsed product. If you get what you pay for, you will be buying a lot of useless crap with this one.

  • Font illegible in tables

    by Kgco

    Not the teaching tool it should be for this price, normal value tables are unusable, sample pages on purchase page deceiving.

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