As I've mentioned earlier, the time has come for a 2.0 version of the app called Awesome Ultrasound Simulator. The work began this past fall, and did unfortunately take a lot longer than I first expected. I've had several ideas on how to make the app better, and I've also gotten a lot of feedback from users. Some things are easier to implement than others, and I can assure you that development will continue.
The highlights in v2.0 can be seen when designing your cases. I've added a massive library of pathologies including:
- cardiac arrest (4 views)
- LUCAS compressions in the subcostal view
- Type A aortic dissection
- LV & RV infarction
I've also added 3 extra sets of clips of a positive FAST exam in both the LUQ and RUQ view. Each time the monitor starts, 1 out of 4 possible sets of clips will be chosen at random. This randomness will make the app better in situations where It's used frequently and in several scenarios following each other.
RUQ & LUQ now includes the possibility to show hydronefrosis (mild to moderate).
On popular demand, I've also added a new view. You can now check for clots in the femoral veins on both sides. Nothing stopping you now from making that awesome 'PE that leads to cardiac arrest' case that you´we always dreamed about!
As of the release of iOS 10, Apple have introduced a bug in the framework that the app uses to connect devices. This bug made it impossible to connect a device running iOS 9.3.5 to any device running iOS 10. I have gotten a lot of correspondence about this, and I'm sorry to say that fixing this bug is beyond my capability. As it seems, even Apple seem to be struggling. My solution to have this app working for everyone it to require at least iOS 10, as I know that connectivity will work as intended. Most devices are already running 10.x, but some older hardware will be left unsupported...
I hope that you will find that this update adds something special to your simulations, and that you will spread the word to others if you think that they can benefit.
If you want to reach out, I'm on twitter at @bysnrk & the awesome account @UltrasoundSim.
Happy simulations, y'all!