Safety App Of The Week

August 10, 2015 No Comments

Below is this week’s “Safety App of the Week“.  Every Monday we publish an article that reviews and rates a new workplace safety app.  Our testing is done on Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.  We rate each app from to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

The Merck Manual

Home Edition

Official Description  

“• The top-rated Merck Manual app for home use—now redesigned for iOS 7
• Based on the New York Times bestseller that has sold over 4 million copies
• Brand new updated content, including over 100 new articles
• Compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone 5S/5C, etc., including Retina display support

The Merck Manual – Home Edition is based on the entire Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, the trusted medical reference written by more than 300 worldwide medical experts. The app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and takes full advantage of the large iPad screen for displaying charts and figures.

The Home Edition is a must-have resource that puts the trusted medical reference always at your fingertips, whenever and wherever you need it… on the soccer field, a family vacation, a business trip abroad or getting ready to see a physician. The app is fully self-contained; no Wi-Fi or cellular Internet connection is needed to access the great Home Edition content. The Home Edition content is written in easy-to-understand language, and has an easy-to-use interface for finding the right information quickly. In particular, an “Emergencies & Injuries” section accessible from the home screen was developed expressly for this app.

• Access the content anywhere (Internet not needed)
• Find information on Emergencies & Injuries quickly
• Browse through sections, chapters and topics
• Navigate easily between topics in a chapter

• Jump quickly to sub-headers within topics
• Use the full index of the Home Edition
• Perform full text searches that include index terms
• Search terms are highlighted in the text of topics

• Resize text for easy reading
• Email a link to any topic
• Bookmark favorite topics
• Automatically records the history of topics you viewed
• Remembers the last topic you were on1


Thumbs Up

  • cost is only $9.99
  • easy to use – excellent navigation
  • index helps you rapidly find what you need
  • authoritative
  • comprehensive
  • can share/email topics 
  • adjust the font size
  • can develop your own favorites archive
  • a “professional edition” of this app is available for health care professionals for $34.99
  • can use off-line


Thumbs Down

  • no videos
  • not enough illustrations/photos/graphics 
  • written at the college level

Overall Rating

  • iPad / iPhone  –  ♥♥♥♥
  • Android –  ♥♥♥
  • Overall – a very good medical and first aid reference, but there are free first aid apps available that are easier for non-medical professionals to understand

¹ Description courtesy of  iTunes

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