Journal article

Can simple mobile phone applications provide reliable counts of respiratory rates in sick infants and children? An initial evaluation of three new applications

James Black, Marie Gerdtz, Pat Nicholson, Dianne Crellin, Laura Browning, Julie Simpson, Lauren Bell, Nick Santamaria

International Journal of Nursing Studies | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Respiratory rate is an important sign that is commonly either not recorded or recorded incorrectly. Mobile phone ownership is increasing even in resource-poor settings. Phone applications may improve the accuracy and ease of counting of respiratory rates. OBJECTIVES: The study assessed the reliability and initial users' impressions of four mobile phone respiratory timer approaches, compared to a 60-second count by the same participants. METHODS: Three mobile applications (applying four different counting approaches plus a standard 60-second count) were created using the Java Mobile Edition and tested on Nokia C1-01 phones. Apart from the 60-second timer application, the others in..

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