EPM app

Essential pain management application (EPM app)

The EPM app for both iPhone/iPad and Android is available for downloading. Search for <essential pain management> in the App Store or Google play..

Application description

This app is based on the training program developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FPM). Although the app is intended as a mobile companion for those who have attended the course, it may benefit any healthcare worker who cares for patients in pain and should be easy and intuitive to use.

The “RAT” is an important part of the essential pain management course. RAT stands for recognise, assess, treat and provides the framework for managing most pain scenarios.

The app takes the user through the RAT formula while assessing a patient, arrives at a pain diagnosis and then suggests non-drug and drug treatments based on the course and manual.

The app’s logbook feature allows the user to record serial patient assessment details including treatments on their handheld device and to export and share this information with colleagues. The users are cautioned here against storing patient identifiers and should seek local guidelines for this. The app can also be used without storing any details.

The EPM app includes a basic formulary and a pdf version of the EPM manual.
It will be updated periodically and users will be informed of this. The EPM subcommittee may periodically receive information about the use of the app for quality purposes but will not collect any patient sensitive data. The app is free to download but the EPM Committee ask that feedback is provided via the contact us section to help make it more useful.
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